How I Edit My Instagrams

It’s not secret that Instagram has transformed from a way to share random pictures of things you find cute with your friends…

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What a great photo 🙂 

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Wow, amazing quality

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So athletic, just like me!!

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to a platform for expressing your personal aesthetic through well thought out and edited pictures and sharing those pictures with your followers, a majority of whom you don’t even know.

Something that has become popular in the past few months has been the idea of an “Instagram theme” where people post pictures that all flow together using the same filters and the same editing. This is how obsessed we’ve all gotten with social media, but I am not complaining!

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 11.07.48 PMAmanda Steele’s Feed (she’s 16 fml)

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Claudia Sulewski’s Feed (she’s my age fml)

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WeWoreWhat’s Feed (She’s a famous blogger F.M.L.)

For a while I was totally against instagram themes. I was all WOW only losers do that hardy har har.

Yet here I am, a few months later trying to raise what I see as an adolescent Instagram theme and explaining to you how I do so. You can see my Instagram at the bottom of my blog or by clicking on the picture!

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As you can see, my theme started with the picture of me in the denim overalls; neutral tones with bright whites and a pop, or two, of color. If you’re interested in having a feed like this, here’s the step by step process I take when posting an Instagram! (I’m ashamed of myself that I have become such a millennial)

Step 1: Take a picture that fits your personal aesthetic. For me, this would be black, white, other neutrals and blue with a few other pops of color. Anything that doesn’t fit this color scheme won’t match with my theme.


Step 2: Make sure your picture is square. For a while, squaready dominated the Instagram game; you never saw someone post a picture without a white border, but borders are out and square is in! If you don’t want to do that though, don’t fret! The new update allows people to post whatever type of photo they want WITHOUT a white border. Fun!

Step 3: Use FaceTune to edit any white backgrounds that need to become whiter. I just use the whiten tool and play around with that until the background is as white as possible. (Side Note: I do not use FaceTune on my face or body, I think that’s totally fake and really sad. Your teeth are nice as they are and your waist does not need to be smaller, stop editing yourselves!!)

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Step 4: Use the filter Pastel 1 in FaceTune. This adds a cool tone to my photos which I really like.IMG_4438

Step 5: Use the filter G3 in VSCO Cam. These filters are all amazing, but I prefer G3. It keeps my pictures from getting too blue, but keeps the cool tone. I adjust the strength to my liking.


Step 5: Edit the exposure, contrast, temperature, and so on of the picture. This will help your picture match the other ones.

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Step 6: Use the Ludwig filter on Instagram. This step isn’t crucial for me, but on occasion it makes my picture look a lot better. I also really like a lot of the Instagram filters, so good job Insta!


Step 7: Upload your photo!

Obviously you don’t need to follow these exact steps to set up a theme, you don’t need to set up a theme at all, but I think it’s really fun to maintain a feed that fits a specific look. It also takes a way a lot of the stress of choosing which filters look best on your photo!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, I’ll follow you back!

Xox, Norah


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