How to edit your Instagram photos

Here’s a great way to edit & brighten your Instagram photos

I know this may seem silly to some, but to others who are growing a business through Instagram may like for it too look a little prettier. Even if you just want your Instagram to look clean doing this edit to some photos may help.

Whether you have taken a photo on a professional camera or just your normal mobile phone, most times the photo may come out looking dull & dark. (PS. This is not making any changes to you in the photo, just to the darkness in the photo) it’ll literally be making the photo look more perkier and brighter.


As there many photo editing apps you can download, I have settled on using ‘Snapseed’ click here, to check it out at the app store. It is available on both apple & android, woohoo!!!

I’ll be doing a step by step process kind of thing! Very basic, let’s start!


Step one:

Open Snapseed, and choose the photo in which you want to brighten & define.

Step two:

Press the little pencil in the bottom corner, and press tune image. In tune image, I only use:

  • Brightness – which I up quite a little (whatever tickles your fancy)
  • Highlights – I also do the same as above
  • Shadows – which I bring down a little

Step three:

Next, if you find a particular section of your photo may be a little darker than the other parts, you can choose the selective tool (which is in your little pencil bar) choose the area, and pinch with both fingers to really choose the area and you can brighten it here and define it.


Step four:

Lastly, I structure & sharpen my photos. In the pencil editing menu choose the ‘define’ option which you can both sharpen & structure your picture. I do not use much of this, but it’s nice to use it sometimes to really define your picture.

Before & After


Filter for photos:

I do not necessarily use filter but if you want to add a filter to your photo, I would suggest VSCO Cam, click here to check it out in the app store. Once again this is a great app for filters, which you can adjust and play around with, also available on apple & android.


Lots of love,



  1. June 2, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Thanks for writing this post, I’ve never hear of Snap seed before! I’ll definitely have to try that app out.

  2. June 2, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    What a wonderful blog to share with us. This is wonder. Thank you for sharing this with us. I will definitely remember this.

  3. June 2, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    I currently use Photodirector to edit my pictures as I like to blur the background sometimes. I will defo try out this app thoigh if I can still blur.

    • Miss Wanderess
      June 2, 2017 / 11:59 pm

      There is a blurring option available on this one also 🙂

  4. June 2, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    Great tips and photo! Was it taken with your phone or with a camera? I always love making my photos extra bright too.

    • Miss Wanderess
      June 2, 2017 / 11:58 pm

      Camera Danae! I’ve done this to most of my iPhone photos also. Still works! 🙂

      • June 8, 2017 / 12:08 pm

        It’s much easier to unadtsrend when you put it that way!

  5. June 3, 2017 / 12:25 am

    I have not used Snapseed yet, Im surely going to try it! Lovely tips and tricks 🙂 very helpful!

  6. June 3, 2017 / 2:22 am

    I used to use Snapseed and then I got a new phone and forgot to re download it! Your image looks great! I need to re download asap!

  7. Alexandra
    June 3, 2017 / 2:34 am

    Snap seed is a new tool to me. Love the results it gave your picture!

  8. Jasmin N
    June 3, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Oooh Snapseed sounds wonderful! I should give it a go 🙂 I’ve always used the tools IG has itself 😀

  9. June 3, 2017 / 3:22 am

    My partner always laughs at me as I get him to do it for me as mine usually dont look as good. However he never really teaches me so thank you for this 🙂

  10. June 3, 2017 / 3:41 am

    I haven’t used Snapseed but keep hearing great things about it!

  11. June 3, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I love using Snapseed to edit my photos. I don’t always get the best lighting and the brightening tool does such a good job of making it look natural! I used to edit in VSCO and then make small changes in Snapseed, but now I just use Snapseed because it does everything I need.

  12. June 3, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    I’ve tried SnapSeed before but I don’t know if it’s because I don’t know how to use it, I don’t like it very much. I prefer VSCO instead but seeing your photos I think I might give it another try!


  13. June 4, 2017 / 12:21 am

    I used to use snapseed! But have landed on just using a color story now

  14. Alix Maza
    June 4, 2017 / 1:40 am

    I ALWAYS use these two apps for Instagram edits! Love this.

    Alix |

  15. June 4, 2017 / 2:32 am

    I’m always on the lookout for new photo editing apps and will for sure check this one out.

  16. Joscelyn
    June 4, 2017 / 5:12 am

    I need to get that app! Always looking for ways to quickly edit my photos and it not look too “edited.” Thanks for the tip!

  17. Ruth Ridley
    June 5, 2017 / 12:51 am

    I am now convinced that I need this app!!! Great post love!!

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