Happy Thursday, friends! I get a lot of questions about how I edit my Instagram photos, so I figured putting it in a blog post was the easiest and best way to go about it! I’ve definitely changed my edit over time to get it exactly how I want it, but more recently, I feel like I’ve found, and stuck to my editing aesthetic and technique, and I really like it! Hopefully this is helpful to you guys, as well! If you have questions, please feel free to reach out in the comments or DM, I am more than happy to help! x
Getting the Photos
Okay, so before you edit the photo, you have to take the photo! Taking a good photo (when I say good, I mean good lighting, good angle, etc.) makes the editing process that much easier. I usually shoot all of my pictures on my Canon DSLR camera or on my iPhone XR (but most are shot on my Canon), or I shoot with Madison and she uses a Nikon! Lighting is key. If your photo isn’t in good lighting, editing is going to be a b*tch. I recommend natural lighting, with highlights/shadows that aren’t too harsh. I usually will shoot 90% of my photos outside, and if they are indoors, I usually take them right in front of my window for lighting purposes.
Lightroom Editing / Using Presets
Once I’ve got my photos, I import them into Lightroom and do 99% of my editing there. This process is usually pretty easy, because I just throw on one of my presets, which you can find here. Out of the 5 presets in this pack, I usually use my “Hamptons” and “Upstate” presets the most, but I do play around with all 5 of them from time to time! Presets are great because they make editing so much easier and less time consuming. You usually just need to tweak them a little bit to fit the photo perfectly.
After I apply my presets and adjust accordingly, I export the photo and then import it into the Tezza app on my phone. I created a specific preset within this app, that I then place over the edit I created in Lightroom. The edit I use in Tezza is super simple and nothing crazy. Its just a very small amount of the “Fridays” preset with added grain. For some reason I like the grain edit much better in the Tezza app than in Lightroom. From there, I export out, and post to my feed!