Happy Monday you lovely bunch!

I get asked quite a bit about how I edit my Instagram photos and whether I have any tips. And I’ve recently slipped into my ‘autumn theme’. So it’s the perfect time to pop this post up. She says, I don’t really have a theme. I just post what I like and hope it works out. Anyway, I thought I’d bang it all in a blog post to give you a little low down on my editing process (which is really simple!). So I hope you find this helpful. You obviously don’t have to do it as I do. The best way to find your editing style is to simply play around with apps and filters until you find one you like!

Right, shall we get into it then?

How I edit my Instagram photos

I guess the best way to explain my Instagram is warm tones, neutrals. Nothing too colourful, colour scares me. But as I said if I like a photo I tend to pop it up and hope for the best. So the apps I use are 2 classics – Lightroom and VSCO Cam. I do have Lightroom for desktop (which I use for my blog photos so stay tuned for another post on that) but I find it so much easier to edit Instagram photos on my phone as then it’s all in one place.

I always start by popping the photo in Lightroom. Here I add my own presets that I’ve made to give it the general look I like and enhance the tones. If the photo is pretty standard, not to0 light or dark I’ll do the following:

Exposure: +0.20

Contrast: -3

Highlights: +7-10

Shadows: -5

Temp: +10-15

Tint: +3

I’ve put a spectrum on some as it’ll always depends how many orange, yellow or red tones there are. I also love me a few shadows, like in this photo, so for something like that I’ll lower the exposure and play around more with the highlights and shadows to give it a nice effect. I then play around with the colour tones. The main ones I look at are red, orange and yellow. And, again, for a standard image I’ll do the following:


Hue: +30-40

Saturation: -25

Luminance: -+45


Hue: -15

Saturation: +5

Luminance: +15


Hue: -40

Saturation: +10

Luminance: -5-10

I will also play around with the other colours depending on the photo, but they’ll usually only be small adjustments to make the sky less saturated, for example. Then I play around with the split tone and see if it needs it. Sometimes it does, in which case will be a mix of yellow and red. But most times I leave it as it is. I then play around with the sharpness and clarity to give it a crisp look. I’ll usually only take both up by about 5, you don’t want to go too crazy and look like a stone carving.

How I edit my Instagram photos

I then take the photo into VSCO Cam. I stopped doing this for a while but recently got back into it. Mainly because I’m lazy. But my go-to filter is the classic A6 filter. It works perfectly with the neutral tones and I tend to then take it down to about a 5 or a 6, sometimes less. Just so it’s not too heavy and caked in filters – less is more kids. I might also adjust the photo to be straight and aligned, but you could just use the Intagram app for that anyway.

And it’s as simple as that! I feel like this sort of post is done a lot – but if the people want it the people get it. I was going to combine my blog photos in this as well but then the post would be wayyy too long, so maybe for another time, stay tune. But for the mean time you can read about what I use to take my photos and my blogging equipment here. I’ve also had some questions about how I make my cinemagraphs so if you’d like a tutorial on that let me know! Over and out.

Em x


  1. 24/09/2018 / 6:11 pm

    Your photos are always gorgeous so I’ll be trying out your tips! I love a good warm tone neutral photo and yours are always spot on!

    Jodie //

    • Emilybecca
      26/09/2018 / 4:34 pm

      Aww thank you so much! x

  2. 24/09/2018 / 6:50 pm

    I really need to start learning how to edit photos properly, on most of mine i just up the brightness and tone down the shadows. I need to find a preset for Lightroom I’m truly happy with and hopefully have some sort of theme! Love your photos and your style of editing, giving me proper autumn vibes.

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

    • Emilybecca
      26/09/2018 / 4:35 pm

      I think it’s just a case of playing around till you find something you’re happy with! Ahh thank you, love me some autumn vibes x

  3. foreverseptember1
    24/09/2018 / 7:11 pm

    I love seeing how other people edit their Instagram photos, I have the VSCO presets for Lightroom so always stick on A6 to all my photos because I just find it to be the best filter!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Emilybecca
      26/09/2018 / 4:38 pm

      A6 is my go-to as well! It’s perfect! x

  4. Macey Gloria
    25/09/2018 / 2:43 am

    I just downloaded Lighroom today, and I found this so helpful as it’s go so many more wonderful editing options that I’m not used to yet. This post was great & super helpful/informative!! x

    • Emilybecca
      26/09/2018 / 4:39 pm

      Ahh thank you lovely! x

  5. 25/09/2018 / 2:47 pm

    Queen of instagram/blog photos 🙌🏼 I feel like I need to sit down with you and you need to teach me all your ways 😂 xx

    • Emilybecca
      26/09/2018 / 4:40 pm

      Omg coming from you!! Ahaha I’m so down for that! xx

  6. 26/09/2018 / 10:59 pm

    I love how you edit your photos, warm tones are my favessss x

    • Emilybecca
      04/10/2018 / 2:39 pm

      Ahh thank you! Yess I’m all about the warm tones! x

  7. 03/10/2018 / 5:55 pm

    I love all the photos you post they’re always so stunning!! Warm photos are my fave and you do it soooo well! Xx

    • Emilybecca
      04/10/2018 / 2:45 pm

      Ahhh thank you! xx

    • Emilybecca
      04/10/2018 / 2:46 pm

      As do I! Ahh thank you!

  8. Hayley Williams
    12/10/2018 / 11:15 am

    Ah thank you for this post! I really need to up my game so I’ll be referring back to this post xx

    • Emilybecca
      15/10/2018 / 10:05 am

      Ahh thank you lovely I’m glad you liked it! xx

  9. 07/02/2019 / 10:30 am

    I was scrolling through old comment threads and cake across this post. I love seeing how other people edit their photos! I’m a HUGE fan of how you edit, love the warm/beige/natural vibe you have going on

    Fran |

    • Emilybecca
      07/02/2019 / 1:09 pm

      I’m always so nosey with how people edit! Aww thanks gal! xx

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