BOOKSTAGRAM 101: How Do I Edit My Photos?


Hey folks!

Welcome to the second part of my Bookstagram 101: Frequently Asked Questions! In the last post, I got responses from people who were staring their bookstagram and it felt good to know that I was able to help them a bit. But as I promised, I will also give my so called “editing process”.

This, I think, is The Ultimate Question: HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

I get this question a lot and I tried my best to answer them all but sometimes I get too much notifications that I forget to answer direct messages. That’s why I am doing this post to answer them at once and to at least help you get the “warm tone” that you are looking for. (Hehehe that’s what I call my feed, but yeah.)

Most of the time, I use my iPhone in taking photos becasue it’s the easiest way to snap and upload. But before I publish them on my Instagram account, I make sure to edit them a bit. There are tons of editing applications out there but I am using VSCO CAM right now because it’s user-friendly and I love that it has many options.

VSCO CAM could help you tweak your photos through its built in adjustments and filters. Speaking of filters, I used a lot of them whilst looking for the one that would suit my feed. But I guess you can never use one filter forevah! That’s why I decided to use different types, depending on the photo.

Note that I will be providing the process on how I edit my photos and not HOW I take them. Let’s leave that with another post, okay?

Let’s begin…

  • I open my VSCO cam t get the photo from my gallery. Please refer below.  (I took the image using my iPhone 5s. It’s automatically saved in my photo gallery.)
  • Now that I have the image, I can start editing.
  • I choose the filter first. Now, majority of what we see on bookstagram is the white flat-lay background. So I guess it’s safe to start here.
  • Notice that I do not maximize the strength of the photo because it will look “too much”. So I adjusted it to +7.
  • Don’t forget to click the ‘check’ mark to save it.
  • Then I open the tool kit. This is where the real work begins. Many are not able to achieve the “look” that they want because the don’t use the tool kit. This is something that I do in every photo but all the adjustments here are according to my own preference. YOU can use whatever you want, okay?
  • I adjust the temperature. But this is totally up to you, this is simply my preference.
  • I adjust the Highlights Save if the light is too high.
  • I add a little contrast to make the highlights brighter.
  • Lessen the exposure to lessen the harsh light.
  • I add shadows to give it a back-lit.
  • Lessen a bit the saturation to have a more calming vibe.
  • The last thing I do is to increase the clarity of the photo.
  • Now, I’m ready to share it to Instagram.
  • After forwarding it to Instagram, I still do just one tiny adjustment…
  • I do not add any Instagram Filter. No.
  • I do, however, make us of the Tools.
  • I adjust the LUX until 10. That’s the maximum adjustment to make it look sharper.
  • Then I’m ready to FINALLY publish it! After 1247290 hours, hahaha kidding, I’m done!

The final image. 🙂


There you have it. The secret is revealed! Hope I helped some of you and comment below your thoughts. If you still have questions, please feel free to ask me and I will answer them. 😉






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  • Reply
    June 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Oh, it’s great to see how you edit your pictures. I only use Instagram (lazy!), and then just the tools. I don’t really like to use the filters most of the time, because depending on where the picture was taking the filters give it a very inconsistent look (at least I think so).
    Thanks for sharing your process!

    • Reply
      June 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Glad to help a bit! I know how tiring it looks but once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy! 🙂

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    June 27, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Ohhhh, those are such great tips! I usually just use exposure, contrast, temperature, and saturation. I need to try playing with the other settings. Your photos always come out so effortlessly beautiful! 😍👌

    • Reply
      June 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks, Mhay! Try to have fun with your photos, too! 😉

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    July 1, 2016 at 9:02 am

    My photo editing is kinda trial and error. HAHA! I just don’t know how contrast, saturation, etc works. I just adjust and adjust until the result is to my liking. Meh.

    I really love the feel of your photos. Might I ask at what time of the day do you usually take photos? Thank you c:

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      July 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Ohh that;s the best idea! If the you like the outcome then nothing else matters! Hehehehe 🙂

      I usually take photos between 10am-2pm. I like natural light! It’s the best, 🙂

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