How I Instagram Edit

You guys know I love me some Instagram, whether it's posting (on @liquidgrain) or scrolling through my feed looking and commenting on other people's photos.  

Since I spend a ridiculous time on there I thought I would show you guys how I Instagram! 
Let me know what you think of my Instagram method, do you have any tips for me? 

I must say when it comes to Instagram I am a bit of a minimalist, I know there are some great apps out there for editing your photos but I don't really have the time for switching between apps and all that.  Plus I kind of think that if you take a well thought out photo in the first place you probably won't need to edit too much.  

Let me take you through the editing process of this photo of a marmalade mug.  I took this in a flea market here in Lyon but liked how it shouted out to Dundee in Scotland!

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So that's my first step anyway- take LOADS of photos from different angles and composition.  I shoot with my iphone back camera with the HDR setting on in square frame. 

That means when you come to instagram you will have loads of shots to choose from.  I picked my favourite one and then on to the next step.
If I want to make a collage or add any text to a photo I will do it in PhotoGrid.
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Then I hit the Lux button.  This is a bit of a cheat step, sometimes it works well sometimes it really, really doesn't but it is worth checking it out.  

On this picture I liked how it upped the contrast but it was a bit yellow / dark for me.  So I took it back down to a lower setting and clicked on the setting tab. 
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When IG upgraded to actually have a settings tab I was so happy and you could spend all day in here playing with things to make your photos super good- I know Matty does!  

However I'm a bit of a cheater and scrimp in here.  

First up I go to Brightness and I whack that up by a good bit.  You will almost want to take it to what you might think is "too bright" because the next step in Contrast will darken things up, but you can always come back and tinker with it later. 

Next is Contrast which you will also want to put up, unless you're going for the washed out vintagey look then you can take it down. 
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Then that's me!  Click NEXT and off I go to publish!

You're probably thinking "WHAT ABOUT FILTERS KATHRYN?!"  Well sometimes I whack one on and then turn the strength of it down to about half way, but usually I don't bother.  I feel like using filters often makes your sharp photos turn a little grainy or it upsets the white balance.  
If I use a filter I try to make sure it keeps the whites as true as possible, unless I want to inject a bit of warmth in the photo where I look for more orange / yellow tones.