Editing my photos with VSCO

Editing my photos with VSCO

Happy 5th of July friends! I hope you all had a great time yesterday stuffing your faces with food, waving the American flag around and blowing things up – #Merica am I right?

Anyways, many of you have requested that I blog about how I edit my photos! So I’m going to show you how I transform a regular, subpar photo into an ‘instaworthy’ masterpiece.

When it comes to Instagram, I love looking at pages that are aesthetically pleasing. Few things make me happier than a feed that’s consistent with colors, photos and filters. But that’s easier said than done.

It took me SO LONG to decide on one (or in my case, two) filters to stick to. Maybe I have commitment issues? I don’t know.

But after months of living in denial thinking that I could still have an aesthetically pleasing feed without sticking to one or two filters, I made my decision. I was going to use the VSCO app and stick to filters A4 and C8.

I love the way those two filters highlight the browns, whites and blues. And, to be honest, I slid into some girls DM’s and asked her what filters she used because I loved her photos – #guilty.

But that decision did me good. Using the same two filters has helped me step up my insta-game and want to help you do the same. So here you have it:

  1. A4 – this filter is apart of the “Analog / Aesthetic” series which VSCO says uses natural tones, subtle color shifts, and slight fading, to look like classic analog film.

2. Then I take the exposure up a few notches. I normally keep adding more until it’s bright enough for my liking (which is normally around 1-2.

3. Then, I’ll add a little bit of contrast. I usually only add a little bit of contrast because it’s pretty strong, but it helps to make the picture pop.

4. Lastly, I’ll use the sharpen tool. This helps the photo look more high-quality – especially if you’re using your phone to take the photos. Then, wallah! You have your A4 photo.


  1. C8 – This filter is apart of the “Chromatic Collection” which, according to VSCO, uses strong primary colors mixed with muted neutral tones – making it perfect for portraits, environments, and stylized editorial.

2. Just like I do with A4, I like to add some extra exposure to brighten everything up.

3. Then I’ll add a little contrast, but I only did a little for this photo to keep it from looking too dark.

4. And now sharpen it up!

So there you have it, folks! I hope this blog was helpful 🙂 And if you have any tips for me on how to edit my photos, leave them in the comments below!

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  1. LE-B.B.
    July 15, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Nice you know how TO work with camera and picture, I recommend TO use photoshop too,
    Also a question, how tall are you?

  2. wayne combs
    August 8, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Great Guide! Thanks Maddie! You Did A Great Job! And you just PLAIN LOOK GREAT! Hope you had a WONDERFULL 4TH!

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