.How to get the perfect polaroid effect

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

It’s definitely no secret that I love Instagram. I am constantly posting over on my account @jaacobblackwell. Over the last couple of months, I’ve switched between numerous themes and filters – the way I edit my posts is constantly changing. I’ve gone from a blue theme to a brown coloured theme to no theme, and now I am using a ‘polaroid effect’, as it’s typically dubbed online. Does it look exactly like it’s been taken on a polaroid camera? Hell noo, if you’re looking for something that accurate I suggest just buying a polaroid camera and saving yourself a whole load of bother.

My Instagram feed.

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

I’m a lover of consistency on Instagram. Creating a feed that I find appealing to look at really makes me happy! I’m a creative person and along with my other platforms such as this blog, my Youtube channel and my Vlogging Channel.

I find Instagram a great creative outlet. So why not make it somewhere that appeals to you. I’ve written countless posts about Instagram so I’m not going to blabber on too much. There are a number of steps that I take when editing a photograph for Instagram and whilst this can vary slightly depending on the photo, overall the steps are the same each time.

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

Step One

Firstly, I import the photograph into VSCO cam ~ in this case I’ve opted for a very ‘Easter’ themed picture that I actually stumbled across online. If you haven’t heard of VSCO cam (I don’t know how!) It is possibly the best photograph editing app out there on the app store currently. It’s an app filled to the brim with numerous filters and tools that allow you to really bring out the best in every picture.

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwellpress the edit button!

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

Step three

When the photograph is imported then I press the edit button and apply the filter “04.” Typically I apply the filter to around 11 if the photograph is light and around 4/6 if the picture is darker. This particular filter itself really brings out the shadows in each picture. Whilst it isn’t necessary to use this filter, I do think it is one of the best choices for this desired effect.

 

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

Step four

Once the photo has been provided with a filter I then save the photo in its current state and export it to my gallery. Typically I will save it as “Actual Size”, saving it as anything else can reduce the size (if important) and the resolution of the photograph. I always want my posts to be the best quality possible~ and you should too! A clear photo is much nicer to look at than a blurry, low-resolution image.
I then import the photograph into another app called “Afterlight.” I am currently using the original Afterlight app that I believe may have been removed from the app store, however, the same effects are available on the new “Afterlight 2” as far as I know!

 

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

Step five

Once the picture has been loaded up in Afterlight I then apply one of the ‘dusty’ effects to the image. It’s this effect that helps to finalise the ‘polaroid’ style look. If you wanted to go the extra mile I would also recommend adding light leaks or simply using the instant film option.

 

How I Edit My Instagram Posts | @jaacobblackwell

Finally

I do vary between the effect number that I apply to the images. Each one offers a different look. I tend to flick through each one to decide which looks best on each individual image. Providing it doesn’t distract from the actual photograph itself. In this case, I opted for the number ’05.’