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How I edit my photos for Instagram + the camera I use 

How I edit my photos for Instagram + the camera I use 

A lot of people ask me how I take and edit my photos for Instagram. Most people ask “what kind of camera do you use?”, and while a nice camera is helpful, let me just say, if you know how to frame a photo, it doesn’t really matter what camera you have. and I’ve discovered that a good quality lens is more important that the type of camera you use–if that makes sense. I’m not going to get into the whole technicalities of photography, but you can find some good articles on beginner photography with a quick search on Google or Pinterest.

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Before I get into editing, this is the camera I use:

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
It’s a canon eos M3. I got the 15-45 mm kit lens and I honestly never used it after the first day. Instead, I use the 22 mm lens with a 1:2 aperture (this makes it so the background is more blurred). The canon eos m3 is smaller than the regular canon cameras, but you can use an adapter to use the full-size camera lenses. So for bird photos, I use an adapter and a 55-250 mm lens.

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
That’s basically it. I’m used to a Samsung camera, so I’ve been disappointed with the iPhone camera quality (Samsung is just better in that area, sorry?) so most of the time I don’t use my phone for photos. Anyway, this canon can transfer photos straight to your phone, so after I do that I edit using the A Color Story app.

Here is an unedited photo I took with my little Canon of an American robin the other day:

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story

Btw, not all of my photos are this underexposed. However, I knew I’d be able to process this in the A Color Story app. They have a bunch of premade filters, but also CURVES, like in photoshop.

Here are the steps I used:

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
Curves to brighten it up. Then some filters. You can layer filters and change the intensity of them.

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
And a bit of before/after:

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story
There is a free version, but I paid for the full version of the app ($10) I think. It is pretty much the only thing I use to edit my photos now.

Here is an example of an iPhone photo edited with the A Color Story app:

how I edit my photos for Instagram with A Color Story

So that’s basically it! Leave your questions in the comments 🙂

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2 thoughts on “How I edit my photos for Instagram + the camera I use ”

  • My husband works in the cell phone industry and is constantly trying to convince me to switch to Samsung for the camera properties. I’m stubborn and just like the simplicity of iPhone but you may have me thinking more about that Samsung 😉 or maybe I just need to get a camera. I think cell phones are great but I do think cameras will always have a time, place and purpose. Great photography as usual and thanks for sharing and teaching! 🙂

    • You’re right, cameras will always have a place and their quality is probably always going to be better than any smartphone 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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