How to: Edit your Instagram photos

I’ll admit it. I am a total Insta-addict. Whoever invented up Instagram, I hail thee!
Being blogger, Instagram is more than just a feed of my vain selfies, OOTD or some other random pictures – it’s a way for me to connect with people all over the world. Basically! I luff the the gram [wp-svg-icons icon=”heart-2″ wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”heart” wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”heart-2″ wrap=”i”]

That said, I want to keep my feed lookin’ good. Like an editorial literally. My feed ain’t there yet though but soon enough. I like my pics to be crisp, clean and artistic; have you ever looked through your Instagram feed and wondered how some people make their photos look so darn good? Very inspiring and intimidating sometimes.
When it comes to posting on Instagram, photo quality is everything. Great quality and exquisitely edited photos is key to having a bad ass Instagram account & a predefined ‘theme’ for a perfectly curated feed.

I get a lot of people asking me what apps I use/ how I edit / etc., and now that I’ve finally (kinda!) figured out my process, I thought it’s only fair to let all my photo editing cats of of the bag.
So let’s get started! I hope you read, take notes and enjoy the not so long process and be sure to follow me on the gram.
Not like my feed is all that or whatever. The struggle ehh!!  [wp-svg-icons icon=”happy-2″ wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”happy” wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”happy-2″ wrap=”i”]


BeFunky Collage

I’m going to make this ‘plastic surgery procedure’ as I like to call it brief as I do not want the post to be too long.


No amount of editing is going to fix a photo that was poorly taken in the first place. When it comes to posting something awesome on Instagram, it’s all about photo quality. The higher the quality of your picture the better it looks.
Some tips:
Make sure you have a good backdrop. However, you can always blur or defocus the background if it doesn’t look good enough.
Lighting is key! Make sure you follow the light. Embrace natural light; it gives you this glow.


I’ve got a handful of apps that I use when editing my pictures, but I mostly use 2. Each of the apps have different strengths, so it’s beneficial to use more than one on each photo.
This app is my first step in the plastic surgery editing process, I mainly use it to edit the exposure & brightness of my photos. If your photos are dull/ a little on the dark side, this app lets you brighten things easily. I also use it to smooth out my skin (very necessary to hide that one pimple that wouldn’t let you be great), blur and defocus backgrounds, whiten my eyes and background when necessary. The options available are too many. Definitely worth spending $4 on. You can get facetune on app stores.

The process aka Procedure
Its pretty much easy and takes few minutes.


Firstly, I smooth out my skin first
Secondly, whiten my eyes; you could whiten your teeth too but I rarely smile, the background also if it’s white. Next, I defocus the background depending on the picture and play around with the filters.
Lastly, I use the lighting filters; lighten, gamma, sigmoid, darken and s-curve respectively.
And that’s all!

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Before & After

Can you spot the difference? Obviously! [wp-svg-icons icon=”grin-2″ wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”grin” wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”grin-2″ wrap=”i”]

This is perfect for IG but I like my pictures looking artistic and having one preset to fit with the theme of my feed. So this is where the ultimate photo editing app VSCO cam comes into play.

If I was given the option to use one app for the rest of my life, It’ll definitely be VSCO. It’s easily my fave. They undeniably have best filters. My personal favorites are A5, F2, S3, & HB2. Some of these aren’t available when you first get the app, but if you scroll through & find the little shopping cart- there are tons of free filters to download. I bought the S3 and some other 2 for about $4 or there about.

how to use vsco cam to edit your instagram pictures

Vsco cam presets

Need I say more??? The presets are beautiful..

The Procedure
Just play around and select what suits you. If you want all your pictures to look similar, i’ll advice you to ‘find your filter (preset) or two filters’ and use it regularly. The consistency will look good on your IG feed. Remember that’s the goal!
And there you have it! By now, you should be able to edit your Instagram photos on a pretty basic level.

how to edit your instagram pictures

how to edit instagram pictures using vsco

Can you see the extra glow!!

I don’t use all the options, this depends on the picture really.  For this picture I didn’t use the exposure and saturation. You should try increasing and reducing it as well to see which is best.


I use the Clarendon Instagram filter lastly on a level 10-20 just to give my feed consistency.  I also add a little brightness and the rest of them.

That’s it, yes it’s a little bit of a process but it’s a great way to get the best out of your phone camera! Believe me, the process is not as long as this write up – takes less than 5 minutes.
Now that you know how to edit Instagram photos like a BOSS, [wp-svg-icons icon=”cool-2″ wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”cool” wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”cool-2″ wrap=”i”] you are well on your way to a killer feed.
Thank me later!

how to edit your instagram picture.

Original, FaceTune, VSCO

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What other tips do you have for editing Instagram photos? Share with us in the comments.

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  • Meron Dymphana
    August 12, 2016

    Guuuurrrll, now I know why your photos be looking like they were taken by the vogue team, that’s a lot of work but I gotta say it’s worth it because your pics are always on fleek1 Thanks for sharing hun, I’ll try this out soon.

  • En_kay
    August 12, 2016

    Been waiting for this post…
    Definitely going to try it out..
    Very insightful love

  • Ada Anyagwa
    August 12, 2016

    Going to get mine done right away 🏃🏽🏃🏽🏃🏽

  • Iphie
    August 12, 2016

    I jus never got to ask u, but mehn ds was necessary 👍🏽👌🏽🙌🏽👏🏽

  • Mine
    August 12, 2016

    But what would it profit a girl slay on the gram and look like something in real life 😂😂😂 nice post

  • Lola
    August 14, 2016

    You look great!
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  • Raj
    August 14, 2016

    Great tips, I’m a complete insta-addict too and would love to have such a gorgeously curated feed like yours!
    Thanks for sharing, and that selfie is beautiful

    What Raj Wants

  • Pere
    August 15, 2016

    Your pics are really cool and now I know the secret. I’ve downloaded the VSCO app and deleted it a million times. I just couldn’t find how to make it useful but Facetune is Bae(it’s my pimple defense app). I love Clarendon filter too, it’s my go to.
    Thanks for sharing Tega, I’ll try VSCO again

  • Thanks for sharing!!! xx
    Hadasah Love |

  • Precious Nkeih
    August 16, 2016

    Wow! The before and after is so glaring.
    I’m still learning how to use the gram so definitely taking notes from here.

  • lade
    August 17, 2016

    Ahan look at all your shades of fleek, easy on us!! I agree with you about Vscocam, my photos almost cannot be posted without having passed through Vscocam.. Gotta do it for the gram!

  • Martin
    August 17, 2016

    I reali appreciate your sharing but would like you to focus on instagram filters

  • Yvonne
    August 23, 2016

    Your pictures are always stunning.
    These apps can do wonders o.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • courtney j.
    August 29, 2016

    Love your blog!!! Thank you for the love!!

  • Chy
    August 29, 2016

    I Love your blog! I blog everyday @ XOXO

  • Chidinma Amogu
    December 28, 2016

    This is such an informing post. I have vsco but for some weird reason, I just can’t get the hang of it. I nearly uninstalled it but with all these rave reviews I’ve been seeing, I might have to try again.

  • Daniella Bature
    January 13, 2017

    Having a great feed isn’t easy at all. I have almost given up but I would like to anyways. Having a good camera is the first I think. You didn’t tell us what phone or camera you use to take your pictures. I would like to know.

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