How I edit my Instagram Photos


Once in awhile, I’ll get questions about how I maintain my ‘Instagram theme’ and how I edit my photos. I have to admit: it does take some time and effort but I like to try and maintain a certain branding style to my instagram feed. Yes, I strive to live the #aesthetic life — it’s a part of who I am.

This may not work for everyone and people have different preferences and different tastes, so adjust accordingly to your liking! To keep a theme, I find that editing the same way (using the same filter) helps to keep all your photos consistent.
For reference, I work from an iPhone 7. In my photos, I tend to stick to bright whites, decently contrasted, soft shadows and less saturated photos. It works best when there’s natural lighting going on. Overcast days are the best days for outdoor photos. Bright sunlight creates darker and harsher shadows that takeaway from the photo and is also a cause of over-exposure.

First, I use the Photos in-app editor (found on all iOS devices) and put on the “Fade” filter. I’ll always have to adjust the brilliance, shadows, brightness, contrast, highlights and saturation until I’m more satisfied with it. If there’s any unnecessary distractions along the edge of the photo, I’ll just crop it out here.

Next, I’ll go into my app: Facetune. I really only use it for whitening light backgrounds that aren’t completely white and to de-saturate certain areas. I’ll bring that photo into the app and use their “whiten” tool to go over certain areas that are still too saturated.

After I’ve saved that photo, I bring it into UNUM, a very helpful app that organizes and helps me plan how a photo will look in my feed. Some may think it’s excessive, but I find that it is so useful to ensuring that your photos are cohesive with one another before you post it! Once I’ve planted my photo in there, I adjust it accordingly, using the UNUM in-app editor. And that’s about it!


Meet Corrina

Corrina is a Interactive Arts and Technology & Business student at SFU. She has 2 main personas: an obsessive foodie that is always down for adventures or a zombie that is scrambling for and suffocating from deadlines and school work. She also has passion for aesthetically-pleasing packaging and products, which then leads to her shopping a lot. If you enter Corrina’s room, you’ll probably spend hours marvelling and picking up her ever-growing collection of things and such. Her favourite drink is the classic milk tea boba. Good taste, Corrina.” 

What’s one of your greatest struggles right now?
Self-identity. I’m still in university and as an artist and content creator, finding your style is really hard because I’m currently trying out a lot of styles and techniques to see what my work means. It scares me because each work I create kind of represents who I am because I look back at my work and ask, Is this me? Is this who I want to present to others?

Tell me about a memory you had in high school.
In grade 10, my friends and I were threw a surprise birthday party for my friend at his house. I had to bake a cake and sneak it into his house. Thankfully, his brother snuck us all in. That was really fun because all of us felt genuine care about the birthday boy. We all got involved in this surprise birthday party project and it felt very accomplishing.

What was a hopeful moment in your life?
Last semester, before I came to SFU. I was studying at KPU and didn’t like what I was studying. So, after I got accepted to transfer to SFU, I was really happy and excited because I was going to do what I want and like. I felt like it things were gonna get better from there on.

What was one memorable moment, from all things good, bad, and in between, that you would never forget?
Grade 12 was a year I wouldn’t forget. My 2 best friends and I were editors for yearbook. That was really fun because it was just friends getting together and making a book. Although it was stressful now and then, that year made me realize my passion for art.

What’s one current goal you’re working on right now?
One big goal I’m still working on is being comfortable in my own skin. That’s something that I still struggle with. And learn to not care about what people think and not giving a shit about what others say about me.

What’s something you’re really proud of?
I’m very appreciative of the people around me, especially friendships that I have developed and gained throughout the years. I love how my relationships with my good friends are really close and how I’ve learned to love and care for them. 

Meet Jeanelle

Jeanelle is a third-year university student, studying education. You can find her at Urban Outfitters or spending time with people she cares about. One thing that motivates her is trying to be happy at the end of the day. Her favourite drink is Pure Leaf raspberry flavoured tea. Long ago, she was deathly afraid of animals due to an incident with a dog. Fast-forward to 2017, she recently adopted a cat- Ben. Ben is a soft grey and white cat and decorated with pastel pink accents. But that’s enough about Ben, today’s about Jeanelle. 


What is your greatest struggle right now?
I would say it’s my time management. There’s so many adult responsibilities and it’s hard to manage all that. I think another one would be my motivation because there’s so many things things to, but also I lack motivation to do them because I dread to do them, like adult responsibilities. There’s so many bills to pay, and people to call or e-mail. All those things take so much time to do. Like even making it to class or work on time. For someone in high school, it would be super easy, but for someone out of high school, it’s a lot harder.

What is one random location that brings back memories.
We used to hang out a lot at one of my friend’s house all the time in high school. Specifically, I love his living room because I love the feeling of it. It’s so homey and feels lived in. Although he argues that he doesn’t like it because it’s camped and messy, I don’t mind because it’s like a place where you can unwind and relax. A place with no judgement and everyone can be at ease.

Describe one of your most hopeful moment in your life.
Before I got hired at Urban Outfitters, I’ve only had experience in cleaning and fast food. I was really surprised to be even hired at a retail store because they hired me that I’m a hard worker. I enjoy working there because I didn’t like the fact that fast food defined me. I got to express myself with my own style in a retail store, compared to a fast food place. There were also a chance for me to grow in areas that interests me like management, merchandising, or even corporate. It was a hopeful time because if I believed in something or worked for something really hard, then it could happen.

Describe a memory, a time you will never forget.
Senior year in high school during theatre, we developed a lot relationships between our classmates. We see them a lot so we were able to become good friends. I was able to be creative because I learned the process of directing and writing scripts for plays. It was really challenging because I learned a lot about myself and theatre. I remember being really proud because in the end, we got to see the work I’ve put into the plays, which came to life. It was cool to see my name in the handbook.

Another one was when after we graduated. We had a pool party and it was really memorable because there were so much warmth in the get-together. It was just full of love. Everybody was just happy to be there. We had food and we were swimming and socializing, and even doing homework. It was a time where nobody had a worry on their mind. It was so peaceful to just unwind and not care about anything temporarily.


Design Flaws

I have been stalling on writing this blog post because I know I have much more to do. Although I like the general look of my blog, I’m not sure that it has enough visual interest to draw people in. I’ve tried introducing headers and backgrounds, I’ve tried replacing my blog’s title with a title header image, I’ve tried virtually everything I can think of that my theme allows. It seems that I may have to explore my options of switching themes and see where that takes me.

What I find most difficult about my theme is the fact that the features I find most appealing about it are only seen with high quality photography and lots of posts. Since I’ve made the decision to hide my PUB 101 posts from the main page, I am lacking in my front page content. I’ve considered a few options, and before I switch themes I intend on playing around with creating a static front page filled with pictures of my travels, my high school career, and essentially my life. I hope that this will bring both visual interest and a visual connection to my life.

In order to fulfill the above suggestion, I have tried creating a page to feature my images, but the image slider requires multiple images to work. Next I tried a gallery post, but then of course the slider requires multiple posts to work. I’ll be playing around more to get the visual I would like. I’m in the process of writing my second blog post which (albeit a little late) should add more personal connection as it will feature personal photos and stories from my past.

Although this process post isn’t much of a reflection, it has birthed many ideas and I look forward to trying more!

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