So you wanna be Instagram famous? Here鈥檚 our first tip: Stop using filters. They make your pics look the same as everybody else鈥檚. Plus, you can do it waaaaay better on your own. If you鈥檙e dying to rack up likes on your next #OOTD or coffee shop聽pics, you鈥檙e going to have to edit them on your own. But don鈥檛 freak out. It鈥檚 actually super easy, even if you don鈥檛 know the first thing about photography. Let鈥檚 walk through that scary 鈥渨rench鈥 section of Instagram. Here鈥檚 what you need to know to start editing.

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1. Brightness: Most of the images you see that perform well on IG are super bright. Usually this is because of natural lighting, but if your lighting situation sucks, you can fake some by amping up the brightness.

2. Contrast: Basically this will make your brights brighter and the shadows darker when turned up.

3. Saturation:聽Upping the saturation will really make your colors POP. Be careful though, because you don鈥檛 want to look like the color has gone crazy in your pic.

4. Warmth: Turn it up to bring out the reds and yellows in your pic, turning it down will bring out all the blue and green tones.

5. Highlights/Shadows: This is basically each half of the contrast option. One will help you adjust the brightest parts of your photo (make them even brighter or bring them down) and the other will get you control over the darker parts.

6. Sharpness:聽This will bring your pictures into better focus. But if you use too much, your pics will end up looking super pixelated.


Pics of Your Squad in Bad Lighting:聽Bring the brightness up to make the faces pop, bring the contrast up a tad to give definition to everybody鈥檚 face and then increase the warmth and saturation a bit until everyone鈥檚 skin looks glowing.

Vacation Shots:聽These are among the easiest to touch up. If you took the picture from far away, all you really need to do is increase the contrast a bit. If the picture is a bit dark, you can bump up the brightness and sharpen it into focus. If there鈥檚 a lot of blue in the shot (from the sky or sea), consider making the picture a little more warm to make the colors fantastic.

Eeeeeats:聽Food pics can be super hard to shoot and even harder to edit. Try your best to keep all shadows out of the shot when you鈥檙e snapping. To draw the eye into the details, turn up contrast and brightness. Turn the warmth down and give both saturation and sharpness a little bit of a bump up.

Action Shots:聽The focus of this one is clarity. Bring up brightness and contrast, but on this one you鈥檙e probably going to want to turn down the saturation. If you need extra help getting the shot as bright and clear as possible, turn the shadows down a bit. Bring sharpness as far up as you can without making the shot look weird and grainy.

Now get out there and start shooting. We promise we won鈥檛 tell anyone if you bookmark this page for future reference.

Do you have a fave trick for touching up your pics? Let us know @BritandCo!

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