I’ve been waiting to publish this since forever but it’s finally here: how I edit my Instagram photos for a “vintage film” effect. I’ve always been so inspired by polaroids, vintage film reels, and, well, vanellimelli’s instagram. But with a few simple key components, it’s not so hard to obtain the look on your own photos!
Apps that I’ll be using:
- Facetune (free)
- VSCO Cam (free)
No matter what filter and effect I’m trying to achieve with my photo, I always run it through Facetune to go over any imperfections. Nothing too crazy because you never want to seem unrealistic! If I have a bad blemish or any redness that day and it shows up on camera, Facetune is there to help. I can just smooth it out!
I’ll save that and import the “Facetuned” photo to VSCO. Here are my typical settings for VSCO:
VSCO Cam Settings
Filter: SE3 at +6.0
In my experience trying to achieve the “vintage film” look, I’ve always found exposure, grain, and fade the three most important components in getting the look.
You should already have the vintage film effect by now, but if you’d like to take a step further which sometimes I like to do, head to Afterlight to take advantage of their cool features like dust specs and light leaks!
Am I one step closer to having a feed like vanellimelli? Ha…I probably never will but a girl can dream. I hope you guys enjoyed this little peek of how I edit my photos and I’d love to know how you edit your Instagram photos, too!