Tutorial of My Favorite Instagram Filters

by Dagmar Bleasdale on August 11, 2012

DagmarBleasdale.com: Instagram Filters TutorialSince finally getting an iPhone a few months ago, I have been playing around with the Instagram photo app. I love it so much that I basically don’t bother taking my little Canon point-and-shoot camera with me anymore and only take picture with my iPhone.

I have been wanting to upgrade my camera for a while, but I was so reluctant to buy a professional camera because I didn’t know how I could pull off lugging around a big camera. Now I don’t have to, and after I buy these nifty Photojojo phone lenses, my iPhone will become an even more professional tool.

The Instagram pictures are square, so they work really well for my blog posts and are already the perfect size for thumbnails.

I kept experimenting with the filters and changing them depending on what looked best to me before saving a new pictures. I was happy with the individual pictures, but changing filters that often made for very busy blog posts, like this one. I especially feel mixing photos with frames and no frames makes for a cluttered look.

Today, while out and about with Landon, I think I finally found the combination of Instagram filters I’m going to stick with.

But before I tell you which one that is, here are examples of what the before and the after picture looks like for several of my favorite filters.


Instagram filter Kelvin:

I love the fuzzy frame the Kelvin filter adds to the picture, but it also makes every pictures very yellow.


Instagram Filter Brannan:

I used this filter for a few picture for a DIY post I’m working on, but the black frames is a bit overpowering for everyday use.


Instagram filter Lo-fi:

I used this filter a lot in the beginning because of the deep saturation of colors, but oftentimes it makes the picture too dark.


Instagram filter Amaro:

I like this filter for lightening the colors and the vintage look it gives to photos.


This picture looks so boring that I would usually delete it. But look at the transformation after applying the filters.

Instagram Filter Amaro, plus depth of field action (teardrop button on the top of the Instagram screen):

I like using the depth of field filter whenever there are other people in the picture I want to edit out.

I think you’d agree that this picture I took today is boring and way too dark.

Instagram filter Amaro with Contrast:

I applied the Instagram filter Amaro to lighten up the picture, and then I hit the Contrast button I learned to use at a session at BlogHer’12 (the sun symbol on the bottom of the screen). That makes the picture more grainy and interesting.

Voila! My favorite picture I took today while we explored a farm we’d never been to before.

Which Instagram filter do you like the most? Do you use several or stick to using one?

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Katherine August 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

That last picture is amazing! Totally pinning this….even though I don’t have an i-phone :)


Dagmar August 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Thanks for the pin, Katherine!!


Kathy Morelli, LPC (@KathyAMorelli) August 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

trying to figure out instagram


Dagmar August 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Just play around with it and you’ll figure it out, it’s pretty easy. If you need more info, I bet there are tutorials on YouTube.


Making Our Life Matter August 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Dagmar August 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Thanks so much for the award, you are too sweet!


Stephanie August 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Great post, had no idea about the contrast button! Gonna go buy those lenses right now! Hope you had a great time at BlogHer12, so bummed I didn’t get to go.


Dagmar August 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I just learned about that contrast button at BlogHer, great tool to have and I now use it all the time! Hope to meet you at BlogHer next year :)


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