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How to Edit Your Photos for Instagram

Edin Chavez, Changing the world one photo at a time.

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9 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Editing For Instagram

    • 2. Instagram Intro to Editing

    • 3. Instagram Basic Panel

    • 4. Instagram Tone Curb

    • 5. Instagram Sharpening Tool

    • 6. Instagram Lens Corrections

    • 7. Instagram Image #2 Edit

    • 8. Instagram Chromatic Aberration

    • 9. Instagram Local Adjustments


About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to edit your Instagram Travel Photos like a boss. We will cover al the most important panels inside of Lightroom in order to get the best possible results on your photos. 

From global adjustments to local adjustments and everything in between, we will uncover the potential of your images. By the time you are done, your images will pop like never before.

It is no secret only great images trend on Instagram. My goal is to get you there in an easy to understand simple way that you can replicate. 



1. Editing For Instagram: these videos were going to learn how to edit Instagram photos from start to finish. I'll go over every single module that you actually need to use, from basic adjustments to global adjustments to local adjustments so we can make your images pop, and you can start ranking on instagram right away. 2. Instagram Intro to Editing: in this video. We're going to edit this photo and make it pop for your instagram feed. So let's get started. So I shot this in Tuscany. In Italy, As you can see, my settings air 1 2500 of a second. That was really, really fast the shutter speed, because my F stop was wide open at 2.8 and it was really, really, really bright out. My associate was 100 I shot this at 125 millimeters to compress the back into the foreground a little bit. So before we actually get into the editing, I want to talk to you about this leading lines. How I arranged her in the center of the image just to make her seem that she was walking into this home or whatever this might be. At the end, I kind of like to let the the viewer wonder what this is. This is also a very common picture. Very instagram herbal picture. A lot of people take it in many different ways, as you can say, also placed her more towards the middle of the screen so I could get rid of this antenna. This looks like some sort off antenna. I'm not sure exactly what it is, so I wanted to make sure that she was off to the side so I could have enough room to edit this without making it like a super intricate at it. So let me press my I keep together this information and let's get started. So first thing I want to do is I want to get rid of this poll and which is going to come up here to our spot removal tool, and we're going to brush it straight down. Try to go a straight as you can, and you can see my hand right now is and to study. But it doesn't matter. It's a pretty clean, clean fix, so you can see that looks pretty good. He's one of bring it off to the side just to make it match a little bit better. If you're right, click. You can either put pressed clone and you can see what clone looks like or you compress hell . You can see what hell looks like. I think on this one clone looks a little bit better than me. Get out of there and Look, that looks like nothing ever was there, so that looks really, really good. I'm happy with that. Now we can actually get to the actual editing. 3. Instagram Basic Panel: So first things first, we're going to come to our basic panel or basic Panelists are most important panel in all of light room. We can get most edits done inside this panel with this sliders. First thing I'd like to do is I'd like to open on my shadows a little bit just so I can see these greens a little bit better. Um, as you can see, it was kind of off season, so this weren't like green Green, so but they still this feel nice. Next thing I want to do, I want to come up here and give it a little bit of contrast. Just make it more realistic. And next thing I want to do, I want to bring down my highlights a little bit. Now, there's no order in doing this. You can do this in whatever order you really like, or you're used to or you want to learn doing it. I kind of have a way of doing things kind of on the fly, but it really, really doesn't matter. You can always go back and re justice. If you don't like the shadows open, you can always come down and close them. So you just start slider by slider and see what actually works for you. Next thing you want to do, uh I want to come down here and use my vibrance slider Now Instagram a lot off People are using our d saturating their photos and it looks really, really amazing. So if you're trying to get that look, this is how you would do it. You can either bring down the vibrance or you can bring down your saturation If you are like me And you're a colorful person I like to just pop my vibrance just a little bit to me . Makes it look better. It makes it look nicer. Just makes it look really, really cleaning. I see things in color. I like color quite a bit. Um I never ever used the saturation slider. I only used the vibrant slider Let me show you Why have you come down to the saturation is lighter and you pop it too much. That looks extremely oversaturated. It looks unreal and it's just not a good look. If you are no into light room and you don't know what you're doing and you use the saturation is lighter you're probably going to overdo it because you're trying to make up for something. That image is lacking, so I would leave that alone. You double quick on saturation, it resets it and just bring your vibrance just a bit. If you want to get crazy with the colors and just bring the vibrance a little bit higher, Um, and that should do it now just to tell. Just so you guys know colorful photos do really, really, really well inside off Instagram. People love colorful photos, so it's not a bad thing to do if that's what you're going for. So next thing you want to do is you want to adjust the temperature, and if you bring it to the right to the yellow, as you can see, it makes it really, really warm. If you bring it to the left to the blue, it cool set off. If you double click the temp, then that will realign this. Ah, this lighter to where it waas. You can also come down here and you can choose auto, and you can choose many other settings that lie room has for you. Ah, lot of the times this custom settings actually look really, really nice. I usually like to do it myself, and I usually like to, uh, give the photo the field that I was feeling when I was there. This particular day was a little bit warmer. As you can see, she's wearing a summer dress, so I would just bring this up just a tad just to add a little bit of yellow tent and you can just feel like it's more of a summary photo. The last thing I like to do here, all my, um, basic panel is I like to use my d. Hayes slider. Now, as you conceive, you bring into the left. This makes it a little bit Ah, little bit flat. But if you bring it to the right, it just gives it a little bit more contrast, and it makes it pop a little bit more Now you can go ahead as far as this, and if you look at this image, it looks close to finish. Now, if you press the y key, you will get the before and after. And as you can see, we've come quite a long ways from simply removing this poll to brighten up the sky in her her dress, and it just looks a little bit nicer. So let's praise wagon now. One last thing I want to cover before we move onto the next panel is our crop. Our crop to now, if you are not good a crop in when you're shooting or you simply have not a very great crop tool that you can always come here and adjust your crop accordingly. This tool is always here for you, and you can do this at any time off your edit. 4. Instagram Tone Curb: and I were going to move on to the tone curve. Now, the talk of is really, really nice. You have quite a bit of room here to play and edit your photo a little bit more. You can use this lighters or you can grab the curve itself. Usually people like to give this unless, unless shape to the tone curve. And that usually means your photo Really nice. Now, the point curve here is on linear. You also have medium com trust, and you have strong contrast, so pick one to your liking. I particularly like the linear. This linear is usually works really well. And if you use your ciders, you can just make slight adjustments to the line you already drove. And that looks really nice right there. And remember, guys make subtle adjustments. You don't have to go crazy with your ciders. Subtle adjustments will all add up to making a really beautiful adit. And to me, that looks really, really good. Let me turn it off, announce you can see and you can do that by by coming to this little this little switch button right here. Turn it off. Back on off back on, so it's a little bit more contrast. E when you shut it off, we turn on is just a little bit softer, which to me it looks really, really nice. Just open subjects greens a little more and makes that image a little bit more pleasing to the eye. Now, if you don't like it, you can always suggest it, or you can reset all this, all this settings. 5. Instagram Sharpening Tool: moving on to our detail panel. So once we're here toward detail panel, this is basically to sharpen your image. Now my images air really, really sharp. As you can see, I'm zoom then and once it loads is 100% just completely sharp. I should with a Nikon a d 8 50 this was shot with a 72 200. So it's really good equipment, and my images don't really need to be sharpened. But I do want to show you it's a small trick. If you do want to sharpen your image, would you want to do is you want to come here to the masking and you're going to hold on your option key, and now you're going to bring up the masking. What's white is being sharpened in what's black is being left alone, so you can do that accordingly. You can, maybe if you want to just sharpen her and the trees a little bit. Maybe right about there, let that go, and now you can bring up your sharpening tool, and that's the proper way to sharpen an image 6. Instagram Lens Corrections: in our next module. We're gonna cover lens corrections no less. Corrections is a really, really easy module. And I really, really like this module. It's got to quicks you have to do. And you should always do him because it fixes your photos. It fixes things you cannot see in your photographs. So first you wanna remove chromatic aberration. Basically what? That is just unwanted, um, unwanted bad lighting in your images that you can really see to the naked eye. But to the ah trained, I like myself. That's the first thing I always see in bad photographs. So always make sure you click your chromatic aberration. And that way it handles all of that light room, does it automatically, and it does a fantastic job of it now, enabling profile corrections. This will own warp your photo. Now, a lot of photos aren't worked or don't look bad on work. However, a lot of them doing a lot of them. Look V netted what this button does. It takes that away. Now when you click this, it will automatically detector camera. It's rare when it won't, but it will usually probably 99% of the time and it fixes it for you automatically here. If you wanna do more adjustments, you can do it by hand. However, I recommend you just leave those out 100 and don't mess with those. No, it's good practice to always president Y key and check but back and forth, see how you're doing on your progress Will presser Waikiki. As you can see, we've come a long ways. It looks brighter. Looks. Richard just looks better all around. With just a few adjustments, you can see that our images are just becoming alive, and I am very pleased with this image. I don't think there is a lot more we need to do to it. So as you can see with some simple adjustments, we just created a very, very nice image again. You can always go back and re touch up your image. Have a juicy place, please, if you I want to give it a little bit more clear clarity. I don't like that Clarity's lighter. Some people do. If you want to soften it, just bring it to the left hand side and it makes it softer. But I think we've done a really, really nice job just making some subtle, subtle adjustments with a very few sliders. So let's move on to our next image. 7. Instagram Image #2 Edit: here in our next image. I shot this in Ah, Italy again in a really cool town. Ah, I shot this at 3 20 of a second, uh, f 7.1. I s a 100 I shuddered a 7.1 because I wanted the city to be a little bit blurry, so the focus could be on her. But I still wanted it to be, Ah, not so blurry that you don't know what it ISS. So it's really nice. It turned out great. So let's get started. So first thing I want to do, I think the images kind of dark and it looks kind of dole so immediately. I want to open up my shadows here in the basic panel. As you can see, that opens her up and opens up the city a little bit. Except my sky looks a little bit blown out, so I immediately want to come down to the highlights. I'll tone those all the way down. As you can see, you can immediately see the sky, the clouds and everything else. Now, in this image, I do want to crop it a little bit. It's bugging me that There's a lot of foreground here, so come up to my crop tool and I will just maybe right about there. I don't want to take too much of the cool town in the back. I just want to get rid off a little bit of this foreground. That way, my focus goes to her, since that's my main focal point. Now, guys, that it's important to remember when you're taking photos like there's, there's always going to be people around. So a tip is to either wait for people to leave or when they do walk in front of you. I use the model. I used her to cover him, So in this case, I remember there was two guys walking by and they just kind of crossed when they crossed. I waited for him to be directly in front of her, away from from my view, and that's when I shot this image. I have other images with the guys here. The guys you know, you can see their feet so you gotta kind off kind of wait it out and do the right thing. And so the editing process really starts. Ah, when you're behind the camera So let's move ahead with the next setting. So next thing I want to do is they want to come to my Vibrance photo. This photo looks kind of flat, so I just want to give it a little bit of vibrance. May be quite a bit. Maybe at 60. This town was just really colorful. It's a really colorful dress, so I think 60 61 that looks about right. That looks really, really nice. Next thing I want to do this, I want to come down to my contrast. I'll give it a little bit more Contrast into me. Contrast is makes the image punchy. It gives it a punch and makes it just a lot nicer. Next thing I want to do up, bring up my contrast. Ah, that looks nice. It looks too dark before. So if I bring down my contrast, if I bring up my exposure, that looks really, really nice. If I bring down my contrast, not just attack, that looks just perfect. Now, if I come up here to my d Hamza slider, I'll just bring that up just a tad and I just gives it a little bit more contrast and just takes out the haziness in this mountains again. Very subtle changes, but subtle changes, our deepest changes. And that looks really, really nice. So let's Ah, presser Waikiki. See where we started my I. Q. To get rid of that information. Look at that before and after, so that could really be a done image. However, we want to take it a bit further, will press or why key and get rid of that. 8. Instagram Chromatic Aberration: So now we are going to come down here to Orlins Corrections. Now, looking at this mountains, this is chromatic aberration. Do you see this green line up here? That's what chromatic aberration is. And I noticed that as soon as I opened up this photo so I'll zoom into the photo just so you guys can see what chromatic aberration does. So you press removed chromatic aberration and you should do this with every single one of your images. Will click that and see how that green is gone Is 100% gone? Let me show you again. See that green line? Just this ugly color, this ugly president and it's gone. I use them out. What a difference again for somebody with a trained eye. You'll always will always see that. So be aware of that and always try to use it. Now we're going to enable our profile corrections. And as you can see, that just on warps that takes a vignette away. This image actually can be with or without. It doesn't really matter. I like it both ways. So for the sake of this tutorial, I'm going to leave it off and I think That looks really nice. Now I want to come up back up here to my crop toe. Some people would be like, well eaten. This. Ah, this planter right here bugs me. Why can we start the crop next to this? Ah, to this planter. So we don't have this year. You can certainly do that. You know, feel free to experiment. Always experiment. And ah, whatever is pleasing to your eye is how you should be. Always editing. So there, I got rid of it and it actually looks more balanced. It actually looks a lot better. Way more balanced. Let's Perseid Waikiki. Look at that. So this image can actually be called done. It looks clear. It looks clean. It was just really, really nice. However, there are a couple more adjustments that I'd like to do, and they are called local adjustments. 9. Instagram Local Adjustments: So what we'd be doing so far has been global adjustments. What does that mean? That means that each adjustment will adjust the whole entire photo. Now, a local adjustment will Onley a Just a part of that photo. Let me show you. So up here we have our local adjustments and we will come here to a radio filter. We will click that and we will bring it down to the image. Here we will highlight our model. And as you can see, the exposure is, uh, minus 68. Well, you just double click, and it will reset it. Now. I will bring it up the exposure, and that would just make her look a little bit brighter. Just make her stand out more. Remember subtle changes. You don't have to go crazy with this changes. I'm going to turn this switch on and off so you can see the difference. Here's off. Here's own off on. As you can see, it looks a whole lot better now. If you want, you can bring it up just a tad more. And if you invert the mask, see what it does. It simply makes the adjustments to the outside off this circle, but we're working within inside, so we're going toe, have the invert check more clicked. So that will be that for that adjustment. And I'm going to do one more adjustment and I'm going to come up here and it's called a graduated filter. Now we will click on that and we will drug it from her sky down. We will drag it down right about there. Now, as you can see, the exposure is down like the last one will double click on exposure that will reset it. And now you can either bring it down or bring it up. But I don't want to do any of those. So I will click that double, click it and reset it. And I want to come to my temperature here. And this is a really cool little trick. As you can see, my sky looks really great and kind of sad. Let me straighten out this this line Now how I'm going to make that blue is by bringing the temperature down Look at our sky, see how it turns blue And as you can see our mountains turn a little bit blue too But you can't really see it now if I just dragged that up a little bit There we have it. And then make late this on off switch so you can see it. There's off their zone off on. And as you can see, it looks great either way, however, this little adjustments, they all add up at the end. So I'm going to leave it on. Click out a lot. And now let me show you before and after President Y key. And there you have it.