HOW TO CREATE A COHESIVE INSTAGRAM FEED + HOW I EDIT MY PHOTOS (CAMERA, LENS, APPS & FILTERS I USE)


To set the record straight, a cohesive and visually-appealing feed is invaluable for most, if not all, bloggers and digital influencers not only to give a glimpse into who we are as a brand but also to express creativity through art and writing.

Social media can be used in a variety of ways such that it can be used for business and for content sharing or as a platform to inspire and raise awareness or it can be used as a tool to showcase creativity and talent. 

Since I always get asked how I edit my Instagram photos, from the editing app, filters and adjustment tools to how I maintain the style of my feed, I finally decided to make a blog post about this topic.

So here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section.

 

Q: What camera do you use?

A: I’ve been using the Fujifilm XA3 since November last year.

 

Q: What lens do you use?

A: 16-50MM kit lens but I started playing around with my new XF 90MM F2 lens literally five days ago.

XF 90MM F2

But trust me, you can still take great photos just by using the kit lens. Below are some sample shots:

 

Q: Follow up question, how do you stay confident while posing in front of the lens?

A: I answered this already on Twitter but I guess I just got used to it and I know my preferred angles well so that I think can lessen the time spent in trying to find the perfect shot. I’m no expert but the best advice I can give is to be confident and to really study your angle.

 

Q: Can you name all the editing apps you have on your iPhone?

A: So far, I have Facetune, Snapseed, PhotoGrid, Afterlight, PicsArt and VSCO, although the latter is actually my favorite filter app and now the only editing app I use.

 

Q: What’s your VSCO filter?

A: To be completely honest, I don’t use the same filter for every picture. I like how each filter can change the mood of a photo so my filter really depends on what fits and what not.

I usually use the S and N series but if I had to choose one, I would doubtless stick with N1.

 

Q: At what time do you usually take OOTD or flatlay photos?

A: Anytime of the day as long as it is not the extremes such as not too light or not too dark. Take note that natural lighting is key. Take advantage of it, whenever possible so your photos will look more professional and sharper as well as less grainy and blurry.

 

Q: Can you give some OOTD tips?

A: Know your personal style but don’t be afraid to try different colors and prints to see which best suits your fashion preference and scheme. Lastly, wear anything you feel comfortable in.

 

Q: How do you edit your photos (exact filter and adjustment tools)?

A: My editing style actually varies from photo to photo but for reference here are some samples.

I usually use N/S series filter, contrast, highlights, tint, skin tone, and that’s it.

Left – Raw Photo, Right – Processed with VSCO with N1 Preset

Less is more. As you can see, the raw photo is already good as it is. I just used VSCO to enhance it a bit. So if you’re going to ask for the exact filter and adjustments for this particular image, here it is: Tint +1.5, Skin Tone -2.9, Contrast -1.0, N1 +1.0, Highlights +1.0.

Q: I love the tones of your feed. How do you maintain your feed and how do you create a cohesive feed on Instagram?

A: Unlike some influencers, I prefer my photos to look clean, bright and more on the pastel side, if not neutrals.

To keep my feed consistent, my number one rule is to not post any dark photos.

 

Q: How do you plan or choose what to upload next?

A: I’m very OC and by OC I mean, I just don’t post any image. It takes a lot of time for me to choose an aesthetically pleasing shot but one thing I can share is that my feed has a pattern, can you guess what that is?

My posts form alternates between OOTD and flatlay (slash any image without me in it) photos.

 

I also use an app called Preview to plan and visualize my feed layout prior to posting.There you go! I hope you find my tips useful and if you have anything you would like to add, feel free to write a comment below. 🙂

Taken with the Fujifilm XA3 XF90MM F2 lens

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