Photo Editing Tips For My Blog & Instagram

Sup guys and gurls!

Something that a lot of people ask me over here on POR is “what filters do you use on your photos?”, “how do you edit your photos?” and “what apps do you use on your photos?” – so I’m bringing you my mini masterclass of photo editing and how I adapt them for instagram. I hope this helps any of you who are a bit stuck with editing!

I’m going to show you what I do to two photos step by step.

First up, these are how they look straight from the camera.

Step 1

They look alright, but to me they’re a bit dull and the colours need bringing out a bit more.

The first thing I do with all of my photos is up the brightness and increase the contrast. I’m doing all of this in an old version of Photoshop but doing this in any photo-editing software should have a similar effect.

Step 2A

I then like to add more colour so I increase the saturation.

Step 3A

The next thing is a bit more complex – I mess about with ‘Selective Colour’. It basically means you can change some of the colours. In my photos I have the green background (which I dislike, but I have to make do) and the green is a little drab. If you select the Colours option to be green, and decrease the magenta level, it really brightens up the green. (Hope that makes sense, lol). I decrease the yellow in it a bit too because I prefer a cooler looking/more blue background.

Step 4A

If I still think it needs brightening, I’ll add more brightness or maybe up the exposure.

I’ll just show you a comparison of the pre-edited photos to the edited ones. An important thing to add would be the image size – my images are usually quite big and if I saved them as that each time they would take ages to load on my blog. When you save, click ‘save to web’ as opposed to save as – then it’ll come up with an image size. I always make the width of my photos 1000 pixels (it’s the right size for my blog) so fiddle about with that if it’s too small/too big.

Comparison A

Fully Photoshopped B

So moving on to instagram – if you follow me you may notice I have a little theme going on. I like my photos to be ‘cool’ (as opposed to creamy and warmer looking). I use VSCO Cam to edit my photos and that’s it – it takes literally one minute to do even though it looks like a load of work.

The first thing I do is add a filter – I use C1. I usually slide it along to about 7 out of 12 (as shown below) and this adds vibrance to the photo and gives a bit of a vintage look.

VSCO Filter C1

Then finally, my little secret. To get my photos how I want them for instagram I decrease the temperature. I swear by this app because it’s the only one I’ve found that does this. I make it cooler by about 4/5 nodules.

Decrease Temp

Thennnnn VOILA! I use the app Instasize to get a white border around my instagram photos and I use InstaCollage if I want to put two photos side-by-side.

So… I hope that makes sense. So many people have said Photoshop baffles them but hopefully it helps! All in all this editing takes about 3/4 minutes because once you’ve done it a few times it’s mega easy!

One other thing a lot of people ask is what cameras I recommend. At the moment I’m loving Panasonic – If I had to choose one I’m seriously loving the Lumix DMC-G6. This one is good value for money and I think it looks really professional considering the price – plus I’d always go for a compact camera. If you’re looking for a cheaper one or you’re an amateur then the Lumix DMC-TZ70 Digital Camera would also be a fab choice.


I hope this helps you and answers all of the questions I’ve been getting! If you have any more questions then add a comment or send me a tweet/email or something! I’ll make sure I get back to you.

Much love as always,

R x

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  1. 18th July 2015 / 10:23 am

    Great post and some very useful tips! I’ve never got along with photoshop so I use picmonkey to edit all my photos, its very user friendly! But I try to stay away from anything to complex as I like my photos to represent what products look like in person.

    Emma xx

    • robynlouise27
      18th July 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Yeah I try not to mess around with editing too much but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t edit at all – for my outfit photos though I try to bring out colours more and things like that! Thanks Emma, xx

    • robynlouise27
      18th July 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you! I love it too when I discovered it I was like ‘this is rubbish’ and once you find your way around it it’s like yay! xx

  2. 19th July 2015 / 5:13 am

    Thanks for the Photoshop Selective Colour tip. I do have Photoshop but I never know what effects to play with and it can be time consuming which is why I don’t use it as much. VSCO cam is the best thing I’ve found!

    Wildfire Charm

    • robynlouise27
      20th July 2015 / 3:07 pm

      The Selective Colour thing is complicated to explain but if you open a random picture and play about with it you understand what it does. I use it to sometimes to make orange things look slightly more pink and that sort of thing. With you on VSCO Cam though it’s amazing!

      R xx

  3. 10th December 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the Photoshop Selective Colour tip. I do have Photoshop but I never know what effects to play with and it can be time consuming which is why I don’t use it as much. VSCO cam is the best thing I’ve found!

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