Monday, 21 April 2014

XX Pro or Valencia? How I Edit iPhone Photos

Excuse the #Selfie reference in the title, but it had to be done. Anyway, this is a little post on how I edit my photos for social media. It has a few super-simple tips, maybe I'll delve into some more advanced editing tutorials in the future, but for now: the basics.

Before my photos get anywhere near my Instagram feed, I use the VSCO Cam app, which is available on both iOS and Android. I found the app confusing at first, because I simply couldn't figure out where all my photos were! Turns out you've got to import the photos into the app, by clicking a button which is a tad too well hidden considering the point of the app is to edit photos... If you're a first time user follow this guide.

Before (Left) & After (Right): The Grand Canal, Co. Dublin

Once you've got your photos into the app you've jumped the highest hurdle, from there on it's all pretty easy to use. By selecting your photo and clicking the little spanner and paintbrush symbol you'll be taken to the editing window. From here on in it's a matter of using the slider to perfect your pic. I always make sure to do the basic edits of the photo (like colour temperature adjustments and exposure) before choosing a VSCO Cam filter. Here's the order of my edit:

1. Crop and rotate: I adjust the photo so excess edge is chopped off and I usually try to ensure that the horizon is level.
2. Exposure: I make sure the photo is bright enough!
3.Saturation: I try not to get too trigger-happy, but I have been known to crank up the saturation, especially on landscape pics.
4. All other basic edits: I play around with the other options. I might make the photo a tad warmer in the temperature section or add some extra fade, for a vintage feel (though this is usually covered my the filters).
5. Choose a filter: Finally I hop over the the VSCO Cam filter section and choose one. The great thing about these filters is that you can choose the strength of it, so if you want a super subtle version of a filter, that can be done by adjusting the slider.

When I'm happy with how it's looking I'll open it up in Instagram. I am a sucker for an filter, so I usually add one in Instagram over my already edited pic, but that should be done with caution. I've over-edited photos in the past because I get too carried away with the filters.

Before & After: The Estuary, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Before & After: Barnesmore Gap, Co. Donegal
Final photo that I posted to Instagram, with an extra filter. This might be an example of when I got a bit too carried away with filters, it may have been better to leave it at the VSCO Cam edit.

So there's an idea of how I edit my phone photos, I hope you got something out of it, even if it's just that you need to download the VSCO Cam app immediately! By the way, you can follow my Instagram here.


  1. the filters look amazing!:) great tips!♥ I follow your blog on bloglovin♥

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  2. I love this post! I am def. going to use your tips! :)

  3. thanks for sharing. will definitely dowload & try vsco cam!