Recently I’ve been receiving a few emails from readers asking “how can I get noticed on Instagram?”. In all honestly I’m probably one of the worst people to ask, because compared to other fashion and beauty bloggers I have a modest Instagram following and don’t really enjoy taking photos. But a handful of editing Apps do make the process a lot easier for a novice like me. Here’s everything I have on my iPhone to aid my Insta-game…
UPDATE: Since this post went live in February 2015 both Instagram and image editing trends have changed. So I have updated this article to bring the information up-to-date and include a new App I recommend.
Snapseed is my favourite editing App and before uploading anything to Instagram I always give it a quick once over. There are loads of different functions, but I mainly stick to the “Tune Image” menu and adjust with the brightness, contrast, shadows and warmth. It couldn’t be easier to use if it tried! It’s free to download on iPhone and Android.
I don’t use Facetune that often, but it’s a godsend in certain situations. You can sharpen details without altering the whole image (perfect if you want to accentuate a print or text) and you’re also able to whiten teeth and smooth skin if you’re posting a selfie. Downloads are £2.99 and it’s available on iPhone and Android.
Are you always noticing the #VSCO tag on Instagram and wondering what it is? Before another blogger introduced me to this App I thought it was something to do with Victoria’s Secret (#clueless). VSCOcam has a selection of subtle filters which you can make more or less intense and it also offers basic editing tools (which, to be honest, are much better on Snapseed). It’s free (although you have to pay for certain filters) on iPhone and Android.
Unlike the other Apps on this list Whitagram doesn’t offer a wide variety of services, but what it does do it’s really good at. Upload a photo and it will place it centrally inside a white (or coloured) square so it’s fit for Instagram. Perfect if you don’t want to crop your images down to 1×1. The App is free and it’s available on iPhone and Android. Update: This isn’t as relevant now that Instagram have changed their settings and images no longer have to be a square.
Afterlight is similar to Snapseed, so people either fall into one camp or the other. Personally, I prefer the latter, but Afterlight is a great all-rounder. It offers a wide selection of filters (captain, much like valencia, instantly makes you like you’re having a good skin day), basic editing functions and a tool that’s similar to Whitagram. Downloads are 79p on iPhone and Android.
Updated: A Beautiful Mess
Created by lifestyle blogger Elsie Larson, A Beautiful Mess offers a host of impressive array editing options perfect for bloggers. You can place filters, text and illustrations over your photos, create an image collage, or place text over patterned backgrounds or block colour. It costs 79p to download, and is currently only compatible with iPhones.
Which Apps do you use for Instagram? Any extra tips and tricks are welcomed in the comments section below…