Usually when I run into people that I haven't seen in a long time, the first thing they say to me is, "OMG I LOVE YOUR INSTAGRAM!" After a some quick small talk, we bid adieu and I immediately go on Instagram to see if I even follow them. When I look at their feed, I think to myself that their Instagram could look amazing if they just did a few things differently.
Below are seven simple tips that will help turn your Instagram into a cohesive feed. Although these tips are basic, they set a foundational knowledge for editing. All of the photos below are either screenshots from my iPhone or photos taken on my iPhone 6.
1. Do not use Instagram's filters
One easy way to make your feed look better is to stop using Instagram's filters. Yeah, I get it. You want to make the picture "your own" by adding the yellow-tinted, weird focused, super contrasty filter that thousands of people have already used. Thankfully there is a way to make it unique to you without sacrificing the image.
Download an app that is primarily used for editing, such as VSCO or Afterlight. I prefer VSCO, but I have used Afterlight in the past. I use VSCO because I already edit with them through Lightroom for my actual photography. Purchase is required for Afterlight and their are in app purchases for VSCO. However, both are under $5.
I suggest sticking with one filter or a few filters within the same range (if you are using VSCO). Although repeating a filter removes the *waste 15 minutes picking out the PERFECT filter* part of your day, it does create a uniform look for your feed.
The first image below is edited with Instagram's Slumber filter. The second image is edited with a VSCO filter. The first image is overwhelmingly yellow and dark. The second image is much truer to the original image while still having its own personality.