Hi, loves! I am BACK with another tutorial. Today, I want to share how I edit my photos on my phone. While I love a good Lightroom preset, sometimes there isn’t time, wifi, or even a computer to allow for it. And like many of y’all, it’s usually just way easier to edit a photo on your phone and get to posting! So I am going to walk you through the exact edits that I do to each of my photos before I post them on Instagram. If you want to follow along, be sure to download my go-to photo editing app PicTapGo HERE.
When people reach out inquiring about how to grow their social media presence, my first tip is to cultivate a cohesive feed. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but is easily achieved with presets within Lightroom on a computer or by using Recipes within PicTapGo. Once I find the perfect edits that work for me, I’ll name them within the app for easy reapplication on future photos. Here are my typical edits in PicTapGo.
I usually shoot a couple ticks under exposed. If you shoot photos overexposed, you can run the risk of losing detail. Then I’ll up the light, contrast, and color and then follow up with the Crispity filter and occasionally for a snap in need of some luminance, a pinch of the Sugar Rush filter.
To save you time, click HERE (on a phone) to automatically import my recipe into the app!
If you’ve played around with the seemingly endless photo editing apps on the market, then you know that edits are different within each – some blow a photo out, some over saturate skin, and some can even unnaturally change your hair color. After trying my hand at what seems like all of them, I have settled on PicTapGo as my OG thanks to its ability to retain your photo’s resolution and detail.
My second tip is to keep your edits minimal and true to life. When Instagram was first released it was all about creating over-edited, retro-style grams. In the eight years since, we have come a long way. Studies have shown that users prefer a “no filter” look and the Instagram built-in filters have sharply decreased in popularity. I always edit my photos outside of the app and then import them afterwards for posting. So when using the sliders within PicTapGo, be sure to use a light hand. And remember that your photos should be real life, but better!
Finally, keep in mind that presets and recipes can only go so far. You need to be shooting for your brand. For me that means bright, colorful backgrounds and outfits. A dark photo would stick out in my feed like a sore thumb and turn off potential followers. To achieve this, I am constantly scouting backdrops and shooting locations. When shopping, I make sure to stick to fun patterns and pastel colors. Then I always lay my photos out and organize them prior to posting so that no two photos are touching. All of these practices combined make for a cohesive feed!
Thank you to PicTapGo for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.