5 August 2015

UPDATED | How I Edit My Instagram Photos - Vintage/Old Photo Effect











I get quite a few comments on my Instagram photos asking how I edit them. I like to give them a vintage/old photo look - I'm not even sure if it actually looks like that, but I hope so! A while back I wrote a post explaining how, but I've changed slightly how I do it since then, so I thought I would do an updated post.

The app I use is Afterlight, which is free and well easy to use. I know loads of people use VSCO, but I personally prefer Afterlight for how I like to edit my photos.

Brightness/Contrast - I've stopped raising the brightness and contrast of every photo, now I only do it to the ones that really need it. It all depends on the photo.

Filters - My fave ones to use are in the 'Guest' category. I use Horine first, and bring the transparency down slightly (it can make the photos quite dark). I then add Russ, again bringing down the transparency until I like the way that it looks. Sometimes filters can just be tooooooo much.

Overlays - I usually add a dusty overlay (sometimes the dust doesn't look that good, depending on the photo). My favourite is 02, but I do push the boat out a bit and go for others if I'm not feeling that one. I've also started adding light overlays (light leak). I've used most of the ones on Afterlight before, and I pick the one that I think looks best with that particular photo. I always decrease the transparency until they are barely noticeable.

Back To Filters - Finally, I add the Mulberry filter in the 'Seasons' category, as it gives a vintage/sepia effect to the photo.











It does look like a lot, but it literally only takes me a few minutes to do!

Edit: I just realised I was feeding you all false information - Afterlight cost 79p, but a well spent 79p it was.



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  1. I need to try Afterlight. VSCO is such a pain, I really struggle using it haha. and I like to think I'm quite good at stuff like that!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  2. I love using VSCO I'm a huge fan, but now I've seen after light I'm downloading it now love the effect of your pictures can't wait to try it for myself. Thank you fo sharing!
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I need to try afterlight! :)
    Nice post x

    beautydreamcatcher.blogspot.com

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  4. I've actually never used Afterlight before, I'm totally a VSCO girl. Now I'm going to try it!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  5. I love using VSCO, but have never heard of afterlight before, i'm such a sucker for different edting apps, must try this one, your pictures look awesome. Also i'm going to go and follow you on instagram :) x

    Georgia | thelittleboxbedroom.blogspot.com

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  6. Love these types of posts! I have Afterlight but it can get a little overwhelming trying to navigate through all the filters. Your photos look great and it's nice to see what other people use :)

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

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  7. definitely need to try afterlight! It looks so good, I usually use VSCO cam which works pretty nicely.

    Victoria | bloggingismysecondname.wordpress.com

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  8. Nice post, I really like vintage looking photos and they look really good. I use VSCO most of the time, I will give this one a try.

    www.elabellaworld.com

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  9. I love afterlight - I find it so much easier to use than VCSCO!

    www.beckieeschle.com

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  10. Love this insight, I'll have to give Afterlight a whirl! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

    :)
    x

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  11. Your pictures are gorgeous, love the old effect!

    thriftylilpixie.blogspot.ie

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  12. Wow it gives off a lovely vintage look without looking very edited at all! I haven't given editing apps a go before, but I probably should :)

    Velvet Blush

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  13. Just finished reading this post and immediately downloaded Afterlight! Your pictures look great!

    Megan x / megaanalicec.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Afterlight has got to be my favourite editing app, there's always so many different edits you can use! x http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Well, now I need to download Afterlight thanks to this post haha. Your photos look great :)

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  16. This is such a great post, I'm obsessed with Instagram. I'll need to check out Afterlight!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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  17. Afterlight is my favorite! I also love the Russ filter :)

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  18. I love the aesthetics on your Instagram, thanks for sharing, Alice! I am incredibly indecisive about editting my photos and everything comes out different lol

    May | THE MAYDEN

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  19. Thanks for the great tips. Your photos are gorgeous! x

    The Belle Narrative

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  20. thanks for the tips! Love the result :)

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  21. These look really good, I love the effect! Afterlight is a firm favourite of mine x

    http://heart-autumn.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Afterlight is my favourite photo app, I love it! Your photos look excellent!

    http://thefashionconsciousfeminist.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Such a good guide! - I love the vintage look! :))

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    -Milla

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  24. Always love to read such posts and discover how other edit their photos

    www.thefashionfraction.com

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  25. Thank-you thank-you! I've been looking for a new editing app and have just downloaded after reading this post - love the seasonal effect!

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  26. Love using afterlight! thanks for sharing lovely :) x

    http://msznev.blogspot.com.au

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  27. I am in love with how you edit your photos and thanks for sharing how you do it tehe! I sometimes use afterlight it is fabulous that app tehe! :)

    http://sapphiresaysfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. I had no idea Afterlight was free! Everytime I tried to get it, I had to buy it and I don't know how to (I feel dumb ahaha) but I have VSCO and love love love it xxx

    MY CUP OF TEA // Cristina

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  29. I loved this post and will definitely be using it for reference in the future! I love vintage looking photos on Instagram but never knew how to get that effect, so this post was very useful. Thanks for sharing!

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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  30. I have Afterlight on my phone, but I mostly use VSCO. Well, but now I might give Afterlight another try ;)
    Cool Insta pics!

    xo Stefanie
    http://www.thefashionrose.com

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  31. Thanks for the heads up, I will give afterlight a go now! xx

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  32. I really need to download Afterlight now! I'm pretty much the least 'photography savvy' person out there so I'll take any help I can get in the photo enhancing department haha. I guess all that matters is if it looks like I know what I'm doing!

    eightbitbeauty.blogspot.com

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  33. I really love your theme! For my pictures, I usually use VSCO cam or Pixlr and love them both! x

    http://wonderfulandweirdbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. I'll be honest. I use VSCO in every single photo I post on Instagram. I'm a VSCO addict. Ahah
    But there's so many great other apps out there, no doubt.

    Joana x
    www.notincali.com

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  35. Wow I love your photos, thank you for sharing, I need afterlight! x

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  36. Really nice pictures, LOVE afterlight! X Minale
    http://minaleme.blogspot.nl/

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  37. I'm always so intrigued to see how others edit their photos, I use the VSCO app or sometimes just the Instagram editing but maybe I should give this a go!

    http://wanderingsofalostsoul1.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. I've never tried Afterlight, but I adore VSCO haha. I love the Aden filter on Instagram too.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

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  39. This a great post for me because I'm instagram addicted :D
    Thanks a lot for your tips :D

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  40. btw, I'm following you via GFC. Can you follow me back, please? :D

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  41. Great post and tips!! I love photography and love to photo edit :) I like camera 360! Great app. I'm on instagram at @lauramarie84 :)

    Laura www.shehearts.net

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  42. I love finding out what peoples fave photo apps are as I have come across some naff ones in the past. I've not heard of Afterlight before. Thanks for sharing?

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