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!