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How to Edit Instagram Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Instagram Filters & More

February 22, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By (Lindsay Kolowich)

Have you ever looked through your Instagram feed and wondered how some people make their photos look so darn good?

Whether I’m looking at drool-worthy photos posted by food brands or crisp, gorgeous shots of full-time Instagrammers (yes, that’s a real job), I’ve had my fair share of photo envy.

When it comes to posting on Instagram, photo quality is everything. How good your photos are will make or break your presence. If you take great photos and edit them exquisitely, I promise you will be much closer to amassing the thousands of followers you’re hoping for.

Download the complete guide to using Instagram for business and marketing here.

But don’t be intimidated — in fact, we have good news for you: Editing photos well on Instagram doesn’t take a whole lot of time. It’s all about taking great photos, using the right photo editing apps, learning which filters work for which types of photos, and getting the routine down.

Let’s learn how to edit photos for Instagram so you can garner more followers and more engagement on your Instagram page. In this post, I’ll help you turn unedited photos — like the one on the left of Fenway Park at dawn — into ones that are much more compelling, like the one on the right.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Editing Your Instagram Photos

Step 1: Start with a great photo.

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 — and that starts with a photo that’s great even before you tweak it.

You don’t need to be a photographer or take classes to take great photos for Instagram. All you really need is a smartphone and the willingness to learn some key tips for how to use it to take great photos. Start by reading through these 17 tips for taking great photos with your smartphone. This post will teach you how to line up your shots, find interesting perspectives, and take advantage of symmetry, patterns, “leading lines,” and more.

Step 2: Edit it using apps other than Instagram.

This step is optional but highly recommended. Before I even start editing a photo on Instagram, I edit it using one or two of the other great photo editing apps out there. Click here for a list of 11 of the best photo and video editing apps for mobile. Each of the apps on the list have different strengths, so it’s beneficial to use more than one on each photo.

For this particular photo, I used two apps: Afterlight and Snapseed.

Afterlight is available for $0.99 on both iOS and Android — and in my opinion, it’s well worth the …read more

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