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How To Have Better Instagram Pics

I always get a lot of emails and comments on my blog from people asking me how I edit my Instagram photos. To be honest, it’s not that hard- all you have to do is just download the right photo applications and you’re all set! Know how I always edit my ootds and scenic photos in these easy steps: First- download Snapseed and VSCO cam. So this is the original photo. It’s not an ugly photo, but you can definitely play with it more and make the colours pop out. I always use Snapseed first when editing the photos.

Once Snapseed is open, you’ll see a couple of buttons below- those are all the tools you can use for the image. Use “tune image” first and check out the editing options you have there. When you scroll the screen up and down, you can choose what you want to edit your photos. For this photo, I used “contrast” and “saturation” for the photo so the colours can pop out more.

Then I used “ambiance” and “shadows” next so you can see not just the shadow of my body but my actual skin and bikini. It really depends on you on how you want the photo to look like, but I’m sure you’ve seen the difference between the original photo and now.

For this particular photo, I didn’t want it to be yellow/ violet so I chose “warmth” and lessened the colours until blue shades started coming out. Then used “saturation” after to make the colours more vibrant. After that, press check so you can exit “tune image” so you can go back to the homepage and then go to “details” next. This one is my favourite because it makes all the photos clearer and sharper.

Now that we’ve used “tune image” and “details”, let’s now move on to “selective adjust”. Press the plus button below and click an area you want more saturated/ less saturated/ brighter/ darker, etc. You get the gist. Since I only want my silhouette to be seen, I clicked on my body and darkened it. I also made the yellow and blue colours more saturated.

After I use Snapseed, I transfer the edited photo to VSCO Cam app just to edit it a little bit more. I do this especially with my beach photos. Once you open the app, you’ll see a lot of filters below where you can choose from. For this particular photo, I didn’t choose any filters but clicked the “tool” button so I can edit it manually.

Then I go to “highlights” and choose the colour purple to make the sky pinkish/ purplish. I also sharpen the photo and do some minor highlights and shadows. Then save the edited photo on your album.

After that, I go back to Snapseed again and go to “tune image” and click contrast and saturation so the colours can pop even more and it’ll look more natural. And voila! That’s it!!! Sometimes, VSCO makes the quality of the photos smaller, making it looks a bit pixelized on the computer but when you upload it on Instagram, that’s not problem.

Here’s the final product! See how different it looks now? I hope you guys learned a thing or two here. BMS.

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121 Comments

  1. evalour
    3 years ago

    now i know how to make my photos be fabolous!!! thanks pretty lau! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      You’re welcome 😉

      Reply
  2. NEECEE
    3 years ago

    Helpful tips indeed! Thanks for this great IG tutorial Lauren! I also love the beach but no time for vacay due to work =(
    This is life but still thankful! emo lg??? =)

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Hahaha. Dream big! Kaya yan!

      Reply
  3. Bernadine Destura
    3 years ago

    Wowwww! I’m gonna try it! 😀

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yay!! 😀

      Reply
  4. gailaloomii
    3 years ago

    waaaaaaaaaaw! thank you ms. lau for sharing this <3

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      You are most welcome 😉

      Reply
  5. Erikapiernes
    3 years ago

    Well that’s awesome! I usually use vsco too and afterlight when editing my photos. thanks to you i’ll have an additional app i can use to enhance my ig photos more 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Great! 😀

      Reply
  6. pamela b
    3 years ago

    Thanks miss Lauren I used snapseed apps too.. ❤❤❤

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yay parehas tayo! 🙂

      Reply
  7. Fritzie
    3 years ago

    We’ve been waiting for this post. Thanks for sharing. But how about the camera you used in taking pictures? Did You just used your camera phone?

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      I used a Sony A6000. I also did a post about that 🙂

      Reply
  8. Arma morillo
    3 years ago

    OH MY GOSH! I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WONDERING HOW TO GET AMAZING INSTAGRAM PHOTOS! THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL! THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS I LOVE YOU LAUREEN UY!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Glad you’re happy! 😀

      Reply
  9. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Is snapseed only available for iphone users? How about android?

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      It’s available for android users too!

      Reply
  10. gea riosa
    3 years ago

    nice post! i like it because it is step by step

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thank you 🙂

      Reply
  11. Charleane
    3 years ago

    Galing! 🙂 gagawin ko na to mula ngayon. Salamat sa pagbabahagi ng iyong kaalaman laureen. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yey!! Glad my post helped 🙂

      Reply
  12. quirkyqueenista
    3 years ago

    Love LOve <3…its LIKE SUPER pro TUTORIAL :D.. I love Vscocam too

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Glad you liked it! 🙂

      Reply
  13. yeira
    3 years ago

    thank you for this entry, really! 🙂 but i just noticed some grammatical errors…

    “Then I used “ambiance” and “shadows” next so you can see not just the shadow of my body but my actually skin and bikini. It really depends on you on how you want the photo to look like, but I’m sure you’ve seen the different between the original photo and now.”

    shouldn’t it be.. ‘actual skin & bikini’ instead of actually?
    and ‘you can see the difference’ instead of different?

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yup yup! Nagmamadali! Will edit now 🙂 Thank you!

      Reply
  14. RJ
    3 years ago

    Ohhh awesome!!! Thanks Laureen 😀

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  15. Gabby Roxas
    3 years ago

    The original photo looked better.

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Kanya kanyang opinion 🙂

      Reply
  16. BeA
    3 years ago

    This is really helpful. Thank you for posting this.

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Glad you liked it 😉

      Reply
  17. Liane
    3 years ago

    Oh wooWw this is really helpFul! Thanks for the tips lau:)

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      You’re most welcome!

      Reply
  18. mary rose vallinas
    3 years ago

    Wow!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      😀

      Reply
  19. mary rose vallinas
    3 years ago

    Love it

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thank you!

      Reply
  20. CAROUSEL
    3 years ago

    Will definitely use these tips for editing my food shots. Love your desert pics too! Love your sense of style

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      <3

      Reply
  21. Jomel Cruz
    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this helpful tips.

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      😀

      Reply
  22. Tanya
    3 years ago

    Thanks Ms. laureen uy!

    i really liked that you shared how you beautify your photos!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks! 😀

      Reply
  23. Carol
    3 years ago

    omg! you are now one of my fave style icon! great photos great places and a very great sense of style!! love you! <3 <3

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thank you!

      Reply
  24. Klein
    3 years ago

    THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL. GUSTO KO TALAGA MA ACHIEVE YUNG DRAMATIC EFFECTS NG MGA PICTURES. tHANKS FOR THIS ONE MS. LAUREEN 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yey! Thanks!

      Reply
  25. joypedelino
    3 years ago

    Yay! already downloaded those two apps pero di ko pa masyado nagagamit! now i know how! than you so much laureen! :*

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yey!! Thanks! 🙂

      Reply
  26. Kaycee
    3 years ago

    I ALWAYS LOVE HOW YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS! LOVE LOVE LAU! =)))

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks Kaycee! x

      Reply
  27. Jam
    3 years ago

    I super love your photos, Laureen! Who takes them? 😀

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      My assistant Lou 🙂

      Reply
  28. febbie
    3 years ago

    tHank you laureen!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      You’re most welcome!

      Reply
  29. Jella bantolinao
    3 years ago

    Been looking for this tutorial Thing, and im glad that ive seen it finally. No wonder why youve got amazing pictures on ig. You edit like a pro! Thanks iDol. Love youuu

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Yay!!! Thanks <3

      Reply
  30. Stephen
    3 years ago

    Hi laureen! Just wondering, What ParticULar app are you and liz Using to make your photos clear especially your photos with magazines and stuffs? If vsco, how? Grain? Sharpening? Please tell me hehe i just love your photos

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      I did a blog post on that too- it’s on my popular pages tab!

      Reply
  31. Remiah
    3 years ago

    Thank you ate Laureen 🙂
    And now my instagram photos will going to be beautiful 😀

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      <3

      Reply
  32. glennen
    3 years ago

    Hello po! VIVA PIT SENYOR ! i REALLY ADMIRE YOUR SENSE OF FASHION PO. IT INSPIRES ME TO JUST BE MYSELF AND WEAR OUTFITS THAT WILL GIVE ME COMFORTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH PO AND MORE POWER.

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks! 🙂

      Reply
  33. Filipina Mendoza
    3 years ago

    what camera are u using in ur pics

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Sony A6000 🙂

      Reply
  34. BraNdy
    3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.:)

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      You’re welcome! x

      Reply
  35. YAMskie
    3 years ago

    super helpful ..im doing it ..More practice pa! thank u so much! xoxo

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks xoxo

      Reply
  36. mimi
    3 years ago

    now i know the technique. super thank you. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      You’re welcome 😉

      Reply
  37. jed
    3 years ago

    Hi! aside from beach photos how do you edit other photos ? !
    thank you!! Atsi laureen uy! This will help me a lot !

    Reply
  38. jed
    3 years ago

    hi laureen uy! May i know ho do you edit other photos pls!… thank you!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Will make a new post about my new filters! xx

      Reply
  39. Thrisha marie g. zason
    3 years ago

    Ate LAUREEN how to make right pose for ootds?

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      I’ll do a blog post about that!!! 😀

      Reply
  40. Sam
    3 years ago

    ohmy. i have snapseed and vsco but i never thought editing could do this far. you’re ozum! thankie ms. laureen! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks!!! Hope you like it 🙂

      Reply
  41. Adrienne Imperial
    3 years ago

    really love your instafeed 🙂 inspiring!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thank you xx

      Reply
  42. VHIE
    3 years ago

    nice. this helped a lot. thank you! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Thanks for reading this post!

      Reply
  43. Stephanie nicole robles
    3 years ago

    since i watched you the ryzza mae show with your sister po, naging idol na po kita 🙂 i love your styles po with your ate 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      3 years ago

      Salamat!! 🙂

      Reply
  44. LaDysiel sente
    2 years ago

    Hello mam laureen, this is my first time to visit your bms since your always posting ¨visit bms in fb¨ hehe , and i was amazed on your
    pictures until i read this, i realized that i should have an ig again and would love to apply all you said in here. im sorry if this are all capital letters ma’am i just dont know why it appears like this. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      No problem hahaha! Thanks for visiting my blog! x

      Reply
  45. DAENALEE
    2 years ago

    hI MS LAUREN, OKAY LANG PO BA MALAMAN YUNG BAGO MONG FILTER S IG? THANK YOU.. I LOVE YOUR FEED KASI..

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Will do another blog post on that! x

      Reply
  46. Anna
    2 years ago

    These are indeed helpful to us especially Ig users! Thank you ms. Laureen for sharing your tips to Let us also have better photos like yours! ❤️

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      🙂

      Reply
  47. Aurika
    2 years ago

    I am now in love with Snapseed. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    AUrika | http://aurikamatias.com

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      You’re welcome! 😀

      Reply
  48. Joy Flores
    2 years ago

    Hi, laureen! i love your ig photos! they’re so bright and colorful <3 do you use the same apps in editing your food photos? can you do a step by step guide? please? *puppy eyes*
    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Same apps rin! Will do a tutorial soon 🙂

      Reply
  49. Stephy yap
    2 years ago

    you are really great. so helpful.
    will apply this to my photos. thanks much 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thank you xx

      Reply
  50. Jericha abby
    2 years ago

    for how many days wondering of what App you’re using for editing… Good thing i visited your blog!!

    Reply
  51. Abby
    2 years ago

    For how many days oF wondering what app you’rE using in editing pIctuRes… Good thing i visited uR blog and got an idea!! Thanks! This is very helpful

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Yay!!! <3

      Reply
  52. regina
    2 years ago

    what camera did you use miss liz?

    Reply
  53. Mheemziegorge
    2 years ago

    SO HAPPY TO VISIT AGAIN YOUR BLOG, NOW I KNOW THANK YOU FOR SHARING :* STAY GORGE MISS LIZ 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Laureen po hehehe

      Reply
  54. Dave de guzman
    2 years ago

    I Love your ig feed!!!!! its so beautiful

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thank you <3

      Reply
  55. stephanie ann
    2 years ago

    this is wonderful blog.got an idea.

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thanks!

      Reply
  56. stephanie ann
    2 years ago

    this blog is very helpful. i love it.

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Yay!

      Reply
  57. daenalee
    2 years ago

    Hi ms laureen, ask ko lang po any specific filters ginagamit mo para sa lightning. i really love your ig feed 🙂

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thank you! x

      Reply
  58. dAN
    2 years ago

    I LOVE YOU LAU! KEEP IT UP!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thank you xx

      Reply
  59. Remylyn PeÑAfiel
    2 years ago

    AFTER READING THIS, I IMMEDIATELY DOWNLOAD SNAPSEED! AND IT’S AMAZING 😀

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Woohoo!!! You’ll love Snapseed.

      Reply
  60. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    WAT CAMERA ARE YOU USING?

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Panasonic LX100 🙂

      Reply
  61. Anon
    2 years ago

    Stalking your blog and found this! Lol! Thanks for the helpful tips, Laureen! Especially the one in your vlog where using the Afterlight filter that whitens your picture makes your feed “Clean and fresh” Oh diba! Hahahaha

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      YAY! Thanks 😀

      I love afterlight!!!

      Reply
  62. Sheryl mae
    1 year ago

    Now i super love instAgram because of your blog. So very helpful. Thank you laureen

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      1 year ago

      Awwwww that means a lot! Thanks! 🙂

      Reply

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