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How I take and edit my Instagram/Blog pictures

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If you want to start a blog, get professional with Instagram or simply spice up your feed a little bit: pictures are they key. Appealing pictures that reflect who you are and what you are all about will catch people’s attention and will keep them wanting to see more. Since I always get so many questions about how I take and edit my pictures, I thought I would dedicate this blog post to the topic.

Who takes my pictures?

So before you we even get started with talking about equipment or editing you have to find someone to take the picture for you. Oftentimes, this will be the hardest step. Most of my pictures are taken by my sister Julia, who has an excellent eye for good shots, because she herself is an Instagram & Blog “consumer”. If you don’t have a sibling or a friend to take pictures for you- don’t worry!

If Julia isn’t available or doesn’t feel like taking pictures (again haha) I oftentimes give my camera to my mom. To be fair: it is hard to get your parents to take nice pictures, but with the following tips you will even get them to take “Instagram-able” shots:

  • Show them what you want. Print out inspiration pictures of Instagram shots/ images that you like so that they know what exactly it is that you are looking after.
  • Tell them what crop the picture should be. Do you want a full length shot? A portrait? Or a mid-length shot from just above the knees? Telling them how much you want to be visible on the picture will make a huge difference, since it will keep them from taking shots from the most random angles and accidently cutting off your head.
  • Be patient and thankful. It will take some time for them to get used to the whole picture taking thing, but they will get there eventually. Always be super nice and grateful after they have taken pictures, because that way they are more likely to invest time into a photo session with you again.

Oh and the above tips also work very well for the boyfriends, that are not yet used to the whole Instagram/Blog game.

From time to time I also work together with photographers who email me or who I contact, which then shoot with me. I love doing this, because it saves me a lot of picture processing and editing time. However, it is essential that the photographer understands your “picture style”, because otherwise the pictures might look a little out of place in your Instagram feed/blog context.

These pictures for example where shot by Kyle (check out his Instagram here) in Cape Town, who is a super nice guy, reads my blog and whose photography style fits really well with the vibe of my pictures.

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 What camera do I use?

I started off taking pictures with a Canon 450D DSLR camera. However, the Canon was very heavy and didn’t have a film function, so since I travel a lot and wanted to film more Youtube videos I decided to switch to the Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless camera (here). It was so worth it, because it is way easier to carry around and still takes amazing pictures.

I am truly not a photography specialist, but something that I have learnt from blogging is that most of your picture quality comes from the right camera lens. Since I was looking to achieve a nice blurred background I also bought myself a 50 mm lens with fixed focal length (this one). I can always tell the difference when I switch from the standard lens that came with the camera to the 50mm lens, because they quality is just way better and you can achieve a much stronger background blur.

I like using the Sony for Blogposts, however I also use my Iphone 6 for a lot of my Instagram pictures. Sometimes with the light and picture setup the images just turn out better on the Iphone. Also, people don’t always want to see “perfect” camera images on your Instagram feed. I have found that cool mirror picture oftentimes get way more likes than a set up modelling shot.

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How do I edit my pictures?

Now that you have got the perfect shot, the only thing that is missing is a good edit. Editing your pictures helps to give them a personal touch. For my Instagram pictures I swear on the following Apps: YouCam Perfect, Afterlight, Snapseed and VSCO. With VSCO I recommend downloading additional filters, which are free or relatively cheap, because that way you have a bigger choice and are more likely to find a filter that matches your style.

For editing my blog images I have purchased the editing software lightroom (here) which is a lot easier to grasp than photoshop. I continuously keep watching Youtube Tutorials to improve my editing skills. For most of my pictures I simply retouch pimples, change the exposure and just generally play around with the settings a little bit. I don’t put to much time into editing pictures on lightroom, since I try to make the picture look good in the first place so that not a lot of editing is necessary.

So this is it: all of my picure & editing tips. When I started blogging I would have loved for someone to give me these insights to help me out a little bit. I hope you find them helpful and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask them in the comments! x

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Hedda 8. May 2016 Reply

Do you use the same filter on every instagram photo? I really like your “theme”, so is that how you get the pictures to look nice together? I’m sorry for my bad english. Much love from sweden❤️

    Janine Jahnke 10. May 2016 Reply

    Hi Hedda, Not necessarily. I mostly use the A5 filter, which you have to buy (but it is only 4 euros or so), F2 or P5. I usually try out those three to see which one looks best for the picture. Since the VSCO app looks a lot like an Instagram feed I am also able to check if the picture looks nice in my feed. Your english is really good by the way! I love Sweden, where abouts are you from? <3

      Hedda 11. May 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much for the help! Hopefully i’ll get my feed to look a bit better. I live in the south of sweden, pretty close to Malmö <3

      Hedda 12. May 2016 Reply

      Hi, thank you so much for the help! Hopefully I will get my instagram to look a little better. I’m from the south of sweden, pretty close to Malmö <3

Anna 8. May 2016 Reply

Liebe Janine,
Vielen Dank dafür, dass du deine Tipps für gute Fotos mit uns teilst!
Ich befinde mich selbst zur Zeit im Prozess meinen Blog aufzubauen und habe schnell gemerkt, dass “perfekte Fotos” die größte Herausforderung und gleichzeitig das Allerwichtigste sind.
Ich würde mich in Zukunft sehr über einen Post zur Entstehung und zum Edit deiner Travelvlogs freuen.

Alles Liebe,

    Janine Jahnke 13. May 2016 Reply

    Liebe Anna, Dein Blog sieht jetzt schon hammer aus! Kompliment 🙂 Für meine Travelvlogs benutze ich eigentlich nur „imovie“ aber ich kann gerne mal eine Post zu den Thema machen! Liebe Grüße, Janine xx

Janine 11. May 2016 Reply

Hi, I’ve been obsessed with your Instagram for ages – it looks perfect! I just wanted to ask how you achieve the consistent dark blue sky on all of your pictures. It is the VSCO filters you mentioned? A5, F2 or P5… Janine ?

    Janine Jahnke 13. May 2016 Reply

    Hi Janine :))) It is the A5 VSCO filter that really helps to bring out those blues- try it! Thank you so much for the compliment by the way. So cool that you are also a Janine 😉 xx

Suzane 1. June 2016 Reply

Hey! I’m a recent follower of your blog and I’m liking too much! I would like to know what is this camera which you’re using in these photos, I mean, what is the model Pentax? So… I hope you see my message and know that I’m a big fan! Thank you… xx <3

    Janine Jahnke 2. June 2016 Reply

    Hi Suzane, thank you for your nice comment! I am not sure what Pentax it is 😛 We actually just used it as a prob for the pictures! All the best, Janine

    Janine Jahnke 10. June 2016 Reply

    Thank you, I LOVE yours too! keep it up 🙂 <3 xx

Sarah 22. June 2016 Reply

hi Janine 🙂 I’ve been a huge fan of your Instagram feed/blog for a long time! I’m just wondering how you get your “tumblr” photo ideas? do you go on other people’s instagrams? we heart it? VSCO?

    Janine Jahnke 1. July 2016 Reply

    Hey Sarah! Yes, I get my inspiration from a lot of other Instagram Accounts (at the moment I am obsessed with @josefinehj), tumblr and weheartit. You can check it my tumblr if you want, it is:! xx Janine

raphaela 25. July 2016 Reply

lately i’ve been wanting to upgrade my camera game a little since my dsr-camera is already 8 years old – so thanks so much for this post it was very helpful 🙂 i love the foto quality of this camera though it’s so small and mirrorless! i wonder how the video quality is, do you also use this camera for all of your current youtube videos? (which i love by the way 🙂 )

    Janine Jahnke 26. July 2016 Reply

    Yes indeed, I also use it for all of my videos 🙂 It works perfectly! xx

juliane 27. July 2016 Reply

hallo janine,
benutzt du für deine Fotos die gleiche Kamera wie für die videos? also die Kamera von sony? 🙂

    Janine Jahnke 28. July 2016 Reply

    Hi Juliane, Ja genau mache ich 🙂 Liebe Grüße, Janine

Jess 21. August 2016 Reply

Hey! I love this post – also use the same things and agree it’s a lot of trial and error before you get things right but it’s worth it! May I ask which program you use for the youtube videos to edit? Keep up the good work!

    Janine Jahnke 29. August 2016 Reply

    Thank you Jess! Sure you can- I just use imovie to edit my videos xx

Chiara 18. September 2016 Reply

Hi Janine 🙂 I love your photos! Your instagram is amazing! What kind of camera do you use? And how do you use afterlight and snapseed to edit your photos? <3

    Janine Jahnke 26. September 2016 Reply

    Thank you Chiara! I use the Sony Alpha 6000 or my iPhone. I think I will do a blogpost or Youtube Video soon explaining exactly how I edit my pictures and how I use snapseed, VSCO etc.! 🙂 xx

Evelina 27. September 2016 Reply

Hello! I love your blog. I’m going to cape town in a few weeks so it’s super exiting to read you blog at the moment. I have a question about the photos with some white art in them. How do you make them? In an app? 🙂

    Janine Jahnke 28. September 2016 Reply

    Hi Evelina, That sounds exciting! You will love it 🙂 Do you mean the doodles? A girl on Instagram did them for me, I linked her in the picture 🙂 xx

Ben 27. October 2016 Reply

Hey Janine- Just came across your website and love everything about it – you must have put a TONNE of effort in it and it certainly paid off – your Blogging/IG game is on fleek! Thanks for the tips – I’ll be sure to tell them to mom and the boyfriends 😉 What are you up to these days and where do you yourself heading in the next few years?

Dana 7. April 2017 Reply

Hello Janine! Love your pictures! Do you use Afterlight? What are your favorite filters? Thank you!

    Janine Jahnke 8. April 2017 Reply

    Thank you! I don’t use afterlight a lot. VSCO is my go to for filters 🙂 x

Christine 13. June 2017 Reply

Hello janine! I’m christine, how are you? I hope you’re doing great. I really loved your instagram feed snd their amazing. I’m researching about how to make my own blog, and how to take a better photos on my IG account and it really helps that you’re writing this and giving us some tips, i just want to ask on how to make my first blog? And do you know or have an idea where can I buy or is there an available lens for an iphone only? Or it is just for a camera only? I hope you can help me with that. I really want to take pictures – awesome pictures I mean haha 🙂 thank you and godbless,more power janine!

    Janine Jahnke 15. June 2017 Reply

    Hi Christine 🙂
    I started off with my blog on a side called “blogger”- it is super easy to make your blog on there.
    For a camera I use the Sony Alpha 6000. If you don’t have a camera, you can also start off by taking photos on your phone 🙂 xx

Ana 11. August 2017 Reply

Hello! Can u do another post like this about how u edit your pictures?thank u

    Janine Jahnke 11. August 2017 Reply

    Yes I know- I really need to update it 🙂

Cat Duval 5. November 2017 Reply

Thanks for sharing! Straight forward info about cameras and editing is hard to come by and not everyone wants to share their ‘trade secrets’! 🙂
So thank you! I will definitely consider the camera you are using since I also travel a lot! Much love

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