How I Edit For The Gram – VSCO style


Another Wednesday, another post friends! Over the last couple of months, I’ve received a few messages of people asking what apps I use to edit my photos, so today I’ll be sharing some tips & tricks, and a little “how to” when it comes to editing on the app VSCO.

I started using VSCO a little over a year ago, and if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a really cool app where there are many filters you can choose from when editing your photos “for the gram”.


I have to be honest, I hardly edit on the app now, and I’ve mostly switched over to LR even when editing phone pics, but I thought sharing how I edit on ‘VSCO’ would be perfect for those that want to learn how to edit fast & easy.


So if you want to learn how to go from this.. to this, “just keep on watching”, just kidding. Keep on reading.

To start off, I want to mention a few tips that may help improve your photo taking skills.

  • Lighting is KEY. I prefer natural lighting when taking any sort of pic whether it be taken with my phone or camera, and I never use flash. A picture can always be brighten up later in editing, & flash with an iPhone just defeats the purpose and the picture
  • Even light from head to toe. I ensure to take a picture (or get my picture taken) somewhere where there is shade if taken outside, & there are no shadows in the background. I also tend to stray away from harsh lighting when taking self portraits.
  • Clean background. You don’t have to take your picture at some fancy place all the time, I love using walls as backdrops from time to time. As long as the background is clean, then you are good to go.
  • Golden hour is my favorite time to take pictures. If you’re not sure what that is, google it. It’s the best time to take pictures!
  • Pictures Inside? As many of you already know, I am a mom of three, and that only means I’m constantly snapping pictures of the kids no matter where we are. If I want to document a moment, I ensure to take it where the lighting is best. So if you happen to be inside when taking “the picture”, move around & find a spot with the best lighting.
  • Enable Photo Grid. For some reason I prefer having the grid on rather than having it off. It helps to some degree, and it may help you too.

Okay now for the fun part…

I went ahead and upgraded the VSCO app to Pro that was around $19.99. Now you don’t have to do this, and before I went pro, my favorite filter was S3.

Once pro, I fell in love with the Fuji filters! I have a love for fuji film-like photos as I would actually love to take on film photography sometime in the future, but for now I’ll stick with Fuji film filters & presets. My favorite to use on VSCO are FS4, FP2, and sometimes FS1 depending on the photo.

Now, I’m no pro when it comes to editing, but this is the style I’ve developed with time, and I’ve enjoyed getting creative with it!

I always bump the exposure as I see needed (I like my photos pretty bright), and I also bump the contrast just a tad bit. I play with the highlights and white balance (temp & tint) – for Fall I like them a little cool, and since we’re in Summer now, I prefer them on the warmer side. I always sharpen the photo, adjust & straighten or crop, get rid of a few shadows, and if needed I will increase the hue of a certain color while decreasing its saturation just a bit. Another cool & trendy thing you may see often on “instagram photos”, is grain. It’s pretty cool, but it’s not really my thing even though I do use it occasionally.


(Taken during golden hour)

FP2 , Exposure: +1.6 , Contrast: +.3 , Sharpen: +3.4 ,

 Highlights: +1.1, Shadows: +1.0,

Temp: +.7 , Tint: +.6 , Skin Tone: -1.1

HSL:  Hue: +1.1 , Saturation: -1.0

If you’re new with the app, I suggest to just play around using whichever filter interests you the most, and get familiar with an editing style of your liking. I don’t always use the same tools, & I switch filters accordingly as I see fit depending on each picture.

I hope you find this helpful, and if I happened to miss anything, or you have any questions or any requests on what you’d like to see next, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment down below!

Other apps I like to use:

Facetune to whiten or remove anything from the picture

UNUM to move & organize photos for my feed

Unfold for getting creative with pictures for my story

OHH!! And before I leave you all until next Wednesday… I was nominated by Locale Magazine to be part of a poll for “Favorite Lifestyle Bloggers in Greater Palm Springs”! What!! If it’s not too much to ask of you, I’d love to get your vote! Voting is open until next Tuesday at 5pm, and only one vote is allowed per day. This is so exciting for me as you can only imagine, and I’m grateful to even be nominated. Thank you all in advance if voting, and I’ll see you all next week!

Link to vote: here!









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