I’m spilling the beans and sharing with you guys I how create a cohesive Instagram feed as I transition my Instagram feed to autumn-esque! I’ve been inspired by contrasting saturation and desaturation in photos, sharp, and finished with a dusty, artsy look. This is a small guide on any tips or tricks up my sleeve for editing Instagram photos to make them into a cohesive feed with Lightroom and VSCO. Keep reading on!
My feed is far from perfect and I’m still learning, tweaking, and changing as time goes on, and you might be, too! In this case, it’s important to know that no feed is perfect and I’m definitely not an expert in anyway. Just a girl who’s passionate about editing and creating a creative feed.
If you want to get the exact look of my photos, you can purchase the Lightroom preset I used to edit these photos (can be used with the free version of the Lightroom app, too).
Tip #1: Decide whether your photos will be lower or higher exposure/brightness.
I believe this is an important one for the overall cohesiveness. Play around with the exposure/brightness and see if your eye catches more exposed photos and less exposed. I personally love the look of a slight underexposed look to my photos! You may have to adjust this differently for each photo to fit nicely in your feed, depending on the original brightness of your photo.
Tip #2: Stick to 2-3 colors and incorporate another 2-3 neutrals in the mix.
While this should be taken into thought when you’re editing your photos, it also should be a thought when taking your photos! When I’m planning my outfits, I like to plan a couple of outfits with one color that pops and another couple of outfits with another color that pops out. Once you place your photos next to eachother, you’ll see that the pops of red photos in your feed connect with eachother making it cohesive. Or you’ll see that the green background from the trees in your photos connect with the other green photos.
Tip #3: Mix it up a little.
Not all photos should look the same or have the same background! Balance and mix it up with photos with different backgrounds and different outfits.
Tip #4: Use a Lightroom preset if you’re having trouble with keeping it cohesive.
Lightroom presets are definitely worth it if you’re in a hunch and cohesiveness is a struggle (let me just shamelessly mention my lightroom presets here and super easy to use and all you need is the free version of the Lightroom app)!
Tip #5: Layer your photo with a low intensity VSCO filter.
I’m personally not a fan of the VSCO filters pumped up to their highest setting, but I do think it’s essential in going the extra step in making all of your images cohesive. Choose your favorite VSCO filter and only use +1-+4 of intensity depending on the image. I use a low intensity amount of M5 with a touch of fade and grain in VSCO for my photos.
No feed is perfect and these tips don’t guarantee perfection. Play with your settings and have fun with it!
What’s your Instagram handle? I’d love to connect with all of you – my instagram is @nicolegramcko!