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How I edit my Instagram photos 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a great half-term holiday so far. As requested by a few people on Instagram, I thought I’d update you guys on how I edit my pictures because it has changed A LOT since my last post (click here).

Here is the image before any editing

I try to do it in natural light but for a majority of my pictures, I do it under the white light from my rooms main lights because of timing. But, it is finally summer and the lighting will be so much better. The editing will still be the same.

My go-to app is Avairy

This is my favourite app for subtle and natural editing, especially with pictures with a light background. It is also an easy app to use so if you are a beginner at editing, this will be perfect for you!

This is how the app looks after you have chosen your desired image.


As you can see, the image is quite dull so I use the brightness tool to fix that. I eyeball the amount I need because every picture needs a different amount. I figure this out by making sure it isn’t oversaturated with light.


Due to the increase in brightness, I use the contrast tool to add the dimensions back to the image. I make sure to add a less amount of contrast to the brightness because it makes the picture look less fake and less obvious that it has been tampered with. This is because I like the natural look.


Naturally, my pictures have a warm tone to it and I fix it by decreasing it with the warmth tool. But, I make sure not to do too much or else there will be a blue hue to the image. I do this to make the whites in the image look whiter.


As I have tampered with the look of the background of my image, it has washed out the colours of the objects. To restore it, I increase the saturation until I am happy with the colour payoff. Doing this usually increases the warmth but, I’m not worried about it because I already changed it before hand.


This depends on the quality of the image when first taken. I usually skip this or add very little sharpness when using natural lighting because the quality is a lot better. however, the current picture I am editing was taken quite late in the day so I fixed it by increasing the sharpness.

Instagram Filter: Juno or Ludwig

I then save the image from Avairy and then upload it to Instagram. Depending on the image, I use either Juno or Ludwig (I usually go for Juno). I decrease the intensity of the filter because it is too overpowering and I do this until I like how the image looks.


Last but not least, I upload the image to Instagram for you guys to like and comment. I even notify you all via Instagram stories.

So that is all I do to edit my pictures on Instagram and it is quite a quick and easy process. If you guys already do not follow my Instagram, it is @lifeasnajida. I hope you all enjoyed this post and hope you all have an amazing day!

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  • Ellie Jones

    Najida, firstly this app looks bloody amazing, so easy to use yet so professional (sharpness! All the apps I use fail on this tool!); secondly I have admired your Instagram feed for many a year as you just have the most beautiful, easy going and professional photography style; and thirdly, I think I need to start using a flipping Instagram filter! I have been so scared of Instagram filters for so long now as I always felt they lowered the quality of the imagine but after finding out you use them and how wonderful they work I think its something I should definitely have a go at using to make my pictures look more uniformed! Thank you for sharing your absolutely amazing tips Najida! You are such a pro blogger; you go girl! πŸ˜€

    Ellie Xx

    June 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      You should definitely try them out! I use to be scared of using them too and now, I use it all the time. Thank you again for all your kind words Ellie. It means so much to me! Good luck with finding your perfect insta filterπŸ’–πŸ’–

      June 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply
      • Ellie Jones

        Awww, thank you so kindly lovely and you are moreeee than welcome as ever! πŸ˜€ We shall see! I’m excited, haha πŸ™‚ . Xx

        June 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm Reply
        • lifeasnajida

          Your welcome xx

          June 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Taiya Maddison

    I seriously LOOOOVE your new blog theme! It’s so gorgeous! I just found your blog and I am loving going through and reading all of your posts! You have such an amazing blog, girl!

    Taiya Maddison

    May 31, 2018 at 3:29 am Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Aw, thank you so much! You’ve honestly made my day! <3

      May 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm Reply
  • Love, Soph

    I love this post! I’ll definitely be downloading aviary 🧑🧑

    May 29, 2018 at 8:34 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you! Hope you like the app as much as I do x

      May 29, 2018 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Beingmuslimwoman

    Nice πŸ™‚ thanks a ton

    May 29, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thanks! And your welcome x

      May 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    Your photos are always so pretty x

    May 28, 2018 at 11:00 am Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you so much! x

      May 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm Reply

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