18 Sep 2016 50 comments

How To Improve Your Instagram Photos.

If there’s one thing I get asked for often, it’s how I take my Instagram photos! I’ve been promising a video on this forever, but I thought I’d throw in a few tips on here too.

Instagram is one platform we don’t seem to be getting sick of – despite their many changes to the algorithms and App itself. I love expressing myself through photos, and I think Instagram allows us to share snapshots of our day without overthinking it.
For me, it’s a bit like a mini blog – a more relaxed way to share my life.

01. Get the shot right first time. Maybe this is an obvious one, but I always recommend getting your photo right before you go in with filters. There’s only so much you can do in the App, so try to move your flatlay around a bit or choose a different angle if you’re doing a wide-angle shot.
This way, you only have to make a few edits and your photo will look a whole lot more natural once you’re done.

02. Play around with the settings. I’m not huge on filters, I think there are some good ones – but there’s also quite a few that make your images look unnatural and over-edited.
To avoid this, play around with the settings rather than filters. I love changing the shadows, saturation and sharpness through the Instagram App. It really adds so much to a snap, and the result looks so light and bright and clean!


03. Mix it up. I’m not one to stick to one filter or style of photo, and I think the variation in my feed is what attracts followers. I tend to mix a bit when it comes to my style of photo – sometimes I love bright, white photos and other times I love busy flatlays.
Usually I’ll stick to the Instagram App, but occasionally I’ll use VSCO. It keeps things fun, and I think people appreciate a wide range of styles.

04. Planning can be key. I’m going to be honest here and say I’m not a big fan of overly styled photos (the pictures you can just tell are set up for Instagram!) and an overly planned theme.
I think Instagram works because it’s somewhat spontaneous and full of life! But.. I do understand the importance of your theme looking good, so I do sometimes plan out my feed using an App.
I have Mosaico for curating my feed, and I love being in control of how my photos are going to look. It’s not something I go crazy with, but occasionally I will test out a photo before I post!

05. Share the love. If you’re looking to grow your following, find similar people or just create an Instagram home feed to be proud of, you have to get stuck in and share the love!
Comment and like the pictures on your timeline if you think they’re worthy of it. The Instagram algorithm has been designed so you see more of what you love, but you do need to help it along.
Support your fellow Instagrammers and you’ll no doubt see a rise in your own following too.

Are you an Instagram obsessive? Don’t forget to follow me here, and don’t forget to check out my video on how I take my Instagram photos too!

  • Such great tips – I’m not a filter fan either!

    – Natalie

  • Love this – your feed is just dreamy!

    Hannah | Oh January

  • Great post! I love your Instagram! x


  • Great tips! I feel like my Instagram feed is all over the place because I’m trying to find my “style”. I think I’m just going to go back to using the app to edit and call it a day!

  • Great tips! your Instagram is gorgeous!
    Jen | Giveaway | Velvet Spring

  • I check out your insta and it looks amazing! But we have so different ways, definetely! I’m fan of filters, like planning… Only one thing I certainly agree with you, take the shoot at first. True, indeed.
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  • I never actually use filters on my instagram photo’s, I only really brighten my photo’s and that is it. I don’t like the filters as you say they can look over edited and a bit fake.

    EmmysBeautyCave | Bloglovin | Blog Header Services

  • Great tips, I love your Instagram!!

  • I don’t use the filters on Instagram, instead I try to edit the brightness and contrast, then use it the way it is. If I want to add a little bit of colour then I use VSCO, it is one of the apps I like. I’m not a fan of the new algorithm, especially the way the photos appear!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Your Instagram theme is literally my goal in life Kate! I love that it’s so natural looking and full of colour and texture. I hate those themes where people try too hard to have every single photo on a white background with really bright lightening, it just looks so washed out and I’m not a fan of that. I only ever use a filter on something like 10% opacity just so my photos still look natural 🙂

    Gemma Louise

  • Really loved the post and video! I don’t ever use filters! I brighten and play about with saturation! I do like the whole natural look! If only I had your house for photos, ehe!
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  • This is a really good guide – I should definitely have a play with some filters.


  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Great tips you’re sharing here dear! Thank you so much for those inputs 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  • Lovely tips – I love mixing it up with my feed. Love your Instagram Kate, all your photographs are always so stunning.
    – Ambar x

  • charlotte samantha

    I plan most of my instagrams because sometimes lighting on some days can be horrendous which means no photos!!


  • This are such good tips! I find that when I edit photos on VSCO I like to copy and paste edits onto all my photos so it flows better 🙂


  • Great tips! I’m not Instagram obsessed but I love noticed I’m more particular on my photos now that I’ve been blogging!


  • Just started following you blog (and now your instagram) and am officially OBSESSED!

  • This is a very helpful post and full of so many great tips. Really, everything you need to know is right here when it comes to improving Instagram posts and I’m so glad you did this! I like to keep a variety, too. <3

  • This post is so helpful – thank you!

    Sammy // samantha-jayne.com

  • the queen of instagram and flatlays. great tips and i hope i one day will look at my instagram feed the same way i look at yours.


  • Great tips, playing with the settings is definitely better than the filters. Though there are some great apps out there for that too!

    JaynieShannon Beauty & Lifestyle


  • Becca

    I love finding out how other people edit their Instagram photos! I love to know if/what filters have been used and how much they’ve been changed. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks! xx


  • Lauren Wilkinson

    Really great tips, so many pictures look over edited, I’m glad you picked up on this!! It’s also nice to hear someone say not to stick to a theme, I try and try but just cannot stick to one.

    Lauren – bylaurenjane xxx

  • Very useful blog post! Thanks for sharing x


  • Amazing tips! I need all the Instagram help I can get at the moment!! Although I have been feeling that my lack of theme is what is hindering me so thank you for giving me the confidence to keep it the way I like it. I just followed you! <3


  • Your feed is always so beautiful, you’ve done a great job! x

  • Loved this post! Your photos are always so beautiful.

    xo, Liz

  • Thank you for introducing Mosaico, it sounds like a great apps!

    Selene Addicted

  • Thank you so much for sharing these great tips Kate <3 🙂 Instagram is one of my favorite patforms as well because I feel like it really allows us to try to utilize our creativity to the max 🙂 Loved all of the advice!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Great and very useful tips! Merci for sharing! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • This is such a lovely helpful post!! <3 Thank you for your tips

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

  • Thank you for your tips! Your feed is so lovely~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Love this Kate, such handy tips. Instagram is by far my favourite platform, such a lovely creative space for everyday musings. Immy x


  • You have some really good tips which I haven’t thought about! I agree with you on the filter front, I’m not overly keen on the way they look on my photos I usually use Afterlight to edit my Instagram photos. I literally up the clarity, brightness and contrast -xo


  • I’m so glad you let us have a peek into how you edit your photos because they’re always so beautiful! These are great tips.

    Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

  • Always love your snaps Kate, and totally agree with getting the photo right 90% and allowing a bit of tweaking – over editing is a killer!

    Lauren x
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  • Maggie

    I loved this! Your instagrams are always so wonderful! Im going to have to try these tips soon.


  • Thanks for mentioning about supporting your fellow IGers! Not enough people take that to heart and it’s more of a ‘dog eat dog’ world out there on IG… kind of like in the blogging world in a way, which I hope can change more and more! We are all here to be so creative and have fun and I think it’s great to help support each other along the way 🙂


  • great suggest
    have an happy day
    —> tr3ndygirl fashion & beauty blogger <—

  • I loved this, Your Instagram feed is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this tips. 🙂


  • Great post, loved the tips! I totally agree with you, planning is so important!! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • These are great tips! I’ll definitely be applying this to my Instagram game haha 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • I’m addicted to Instagram1 I tend to take a million photos and most of the times I end up choosing either the first or last one. I love your feed <3

    | http://www.noirettediary.com |

  • These are some fab tips, I agree I don’t like the overly styled instagram accounts – it’s as if it isn’t even a real person posting sometimes!

    Hannah | Granite City Girl x

  • Stephanie Ehmke

    I’m not a huge fan of using the Instagram filters either. I think a lot of the time it’s so much nicer to just edit your pictures through the settings so that you have more control of what the image will look like!
    -Stephanie | http://www.nudelipdiaries.com

  • Thanks so much for this! I have such mixed feelings about Instagram – there seems to be a real ‘etiquette’ for its combined use with blogging! I’ve written a piece on ’12 year old Instagram Tycoons’ – check it out if you fancy! http://www.theyoproedit.com x

  • Ahh I just found your YouTube channel last week and I just found your blog on Pinterest! I’ve been loving all of your content Kate!

  • Thanks for this post! I find it hard to stay consistent with my Instagram style so it’s reassuring to hear that it’s okay to have a little variety! I also don’t like overly styled Instagram feeds, it seems fake. You’re so inspiring! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be using these tips! Wish my photos were as amazing as yours. xx
    Sarah // http://www.sarahtahami.com

  • Thank you for sharing this helpful peak at how you edit and upload your Instagrams!
    I love following your feed, it’s so cute and girly!
    XO Amanda