How I Edit My Bookstagram Pictures

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I have been on Bookstagram (which is just an Instagram about books) since December of 2017 at @taylorisreading, and I have had a lot of questions about how I got my latest theme. Today, I am going to walk you all through my process!

So, first I take a picture that I like and send it to the Afterlight app to add a dust filter (dust 12). After that we get this:

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Then we move into the Instagram app! I do not use any other app to edit my pictures except for Afterlight to get the dust filter.

  • I add the Aden filter, and on some pictures it is a little intense so I adjust as needed (usually to around 90-85)

  • Go to the editor section and adjust brightness to 20-30

  • Contrast to 15-20

  • Structure to 30ish

  • Warmth to 10-15ish

  • Saturation to 5

  • Color, orange, to 15-25

  • Highlights to 20-25

  • Shadows to -60 to -75

  • And sharpen to 35-40

And then we get this:

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Ta da! Then you just write a quick caption and load the bottom with hashtags and you're done.

Let me know down below if you use any specific editing apps for your pictures!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I love that filter! Any filters you recommend to get that magical fairy look quality? I am trying to figure out what kind of filter I want that really speaks to me!

  2. I would maybe go for Lark or Gingham ad lower them a little because they're pretty intense. Juno or Lo-Fi may also be good ones! I hope you find one you like <3

  3. Thank you looking into them now!

  4. Of course! Also, I just downloaded the apps Lightroom and Snapseed if you want to look into those. They have some great features and Snapseed has good filters.