How I Edit and Take My Instagram Photos

How I Edit and Take My Instagram Photos

Hey guys I hope your all feeling a little christmassy and festive, I can’t believe its December! I’d just like to apologise for the lack of posts recently, I have been super busy perfecting my new blog (a post should be coming soon about this). So here is another highly requested blog post that you’ve just stumbled upon, it tells you how I take and edit my Instagram photos, yippee! My Instagram is continuously growing and the love on my photos is amazing, which I really appreciate! So many of you comment saying how great my pictures are ect, I personally can’t see that but thank you anyway! And lot’s of people ask how I edit them in terms of filters, exposure and all of that jazz!

So lets take a look…

How I take my photos?

When it comes to photos with products in, like flat lays, it tends to be a mixture of getting inspiration from bigger bloggers/pinterest (in particular I love Hannah Gale ‘s Instagram- she has such a good eye for photography!) and just taking a million photos and moving things about a lot! The props I use range from a big sheet of white/pink card, fake flowers, cactus/plants, fairy lights, nail polish (I love using these in pics!) and many more things. I like using props to help create more of a background/ scene if you know what I mean! If it’s Autumn for instance I liked using conkers and leaves in my pictures as it ties in nicely with the season.


Then I will set up the shot, usually putting the subject in the middle or making it obvious it’s the main object and bits and bobs around it. After I’ll take my camera or iPhone and snap away, using all different angles. This way I can choose the best one from a range of pictures. If I’m using my camera for a long distance shot, not a flatly I will most probably use my tripod as it is much steadier and easier to shoot. If the image is of myself then I usually get my mum to take it or use a tripod on my own. I would highly suggest buying a tripod if you do not already own one as they are sooo useful!


How I edit my photos?

I’m sure this is the part you’ve all been waiting for…

Once I’ve taken the photos on my camera I will upload them on to my MacBook then transfer by email over to my phone, which is such a drag but hopefully I shall be investing in a camera that has wifi soon! However if they are taken on my phone then of course I don’t need to do this! The magic happens on all of about three apps, sometimes four, but it’s not a lot, I like to keep things as natural as possible! The apps I use are as follows:



I discovered this app from the hype it’s gained through Instagram in the past year. I use it to do the majority of my editing. What I tend to do is use a filter and have it at around +10, but this varies depending on the photo. The filter I tend to use is S2 which I love as it gives a bright but slightly contrasted effect. Sometimes I use it in conjunction with another filter on Instagram to give it more of a coppery tint. I will also turn the Exposure and Saturation up to +1 to enhance the filter. Then on Instagram I like to increase the contrast as it gives more of a accurate range of adjustment. I would say the filter comes out differently on a photo taken on my phone compared to one on my camera.


Air Brush

This sounds so bad, no I do not airbrush my face in my selfies or whiten my teeth. I use it it whiten or blur the background of some pictures. If a certain picture has a really yellow background that can’t be taken away by turning up the exposure or brightness without making it too exposed, I will use the whiten tool to shade in the background. This helps so much and it allows me to keep with my Instagram theme.


Instagram editing tools are surprisingly pretty decent! I find it so easy to use, I tend to adjust the brightness, and contrast the most. Sometimes if a picture is too warm I love using the warmth adjuster to make it a bit cooler, plus the sharpen tool is very useful at getting a good quality pic, but not too much as it becomes all grainy and yucky! As mentioned before I love to use the filter Ludwig on top of my VSCO Cam one, despite their complete difference, combined they make a lovely filter.

Sneak Peek

I honestly couldn’t live without this app, IT IS MY WORLD! Ok thats a bit O.T.T but it really is very useful. All it does is show my Instagram feed and lets me delete photos (not in real life, just so you can see your feed without certain photos) and to upload them to see if they fit into your ‘theme’. This is so handy when I haven’t quite got the editing right and I need to see if the filter works with the rest of my pictures. It’s a great way to preview the photo on your feed before actually posting it, I use this EVERY TIME! Before this app I would upload the same photo about 10 times!


So thats a round up of how I edit my Instagram photos, so hopefully that has answered a few of your questions! Thank you for reading. Plus can I just say THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR 100 FOLLOWERS and 6k VIEWS, I’m so overwhelmed at how rapidly we are growing and at how well I am doing. I honestly didn’t think it get this far by the end of 2016, so I really appreciate every follow, comment, like and view, you guys are the best!

Tilly Rose x



  1. December 7, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I started using vsco ever since I started my new theme on instagram. And my favourite feature is how you can paste the same edits on pictures. Lovely post x

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 7, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      I love it! It’s such a good app and thanks xx

  2. December 7, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I am in love with your new blog! It looks incredible ! xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 7, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much!xx

  3. December 7, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Cool post 😉 Definitely inspired!
    Love ya💕

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 7, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 x

  4. December 8, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Omg I need to get that sneak peak app I always upload pictures then delete them before uploading them for real to see if they match my theme aha

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 8, 2016 / 10:51 am

      Aha it’s so helpful I love it!x

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 11, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Ahh thank you!x

  5. Meg
    December 13, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Vsco cam is such a great editor! Such a staple in every bloggers photography! X

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 13, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      It is, I agree!xx

  6. December 29, 2016 / 10:30 am

    This is so helpful omg, I’ve just started my instagram and blog with my friend, and how did I not know about sneak peak, because we don’t have many followers there have been so many times that we have uploaded pics to see if they look okay and then had to quickly delete them and rearrange them, this app is going to be such a lifesaver!
    Also yeah I saw you on Insta and your feed is so pretty (pretty sure I seem obsessed, I commented over there too), and so this post was perfect especially since we’re trying to have a half decent insta theme haha, also definitely gonna chuck you a follow 🙂 xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      December 29, 2016 / 10:38 am

      I’m so glad this has helped you. Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy my future posts!x

  7. January 7, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I know this is also late, Sorry! I only just found your blog!
    Have you tried the app Aviary? I find it really good when I edit my photos. Especially as you can Install all these extra things for free, like overlays and frames. I just got VSCO Cam though and I am loving that, only I find it annoying that you have to buy literally all the good filters as there is only 10? basic ones when you first get the app!
    Thx for all the app suggestions! xx

    • lifeastillyrose
      January 7, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Thank you for the recommendation I’ll have to check that out! Glad you stumbled upon my blog, I hope you enjoy my future content! x

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