Raise your hand if you’re addicted to Instagram – everyone? Ok, good, so it’s not just us. Whether you’re a newbie to the ‘gram or quite the pro, we’re here to help shed some light on how to achieve those picture-perfect kid/latte/brunch Instagrams. Let’s explore the easiest means to document your every busy day with the camera in your pocket—on your smart phone. Check back each week for a new tip!

Tip #4: Editing Is Your BFF

Editing tools on Instagram are your best friends when you want to get your photos just so. Instagram (and other top apps like VSCO and Snapseed) provides you with an excellent way to make little tweaks to your image.

The best edit tools to focus on are:

Color – Edit the warmth of your image to communicate mood. Be fairly ginger with the slider bar here. (See above pic!)

Retouch – Sharpen your image. Blur the edges for an ethereal feel. Adjust highlights and shadows for better balance and contrast.

Filter – Filters are fun, but over-filtering can cause images to cross over the line of reality into something resembling a comic book. Three filters we’re totally cool with are Ludwig, Hudson, and Valencia.

Our #1 tip? Have fun exploring your editing options! Find a formula of different adjustments that work for you. Apply it every time you post for a cohesive-looking Instagram feed.

P.S. Want to see your Instagrams in real life? Try our Square Prints.

P.P.S. Find more tips here, here, and here!

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