Friday, March 28, 2014

How to VSCO Your Cam: Or my new favorite photo editor

I'm over on Chasing Happy today talking about how to grow your Instagram. I figured since I'm talking creative outlet there, I'd share my favorite photo-editing application here. This isn't an exhaustive How To because I'm assuming if you can use Instagram you can also get through the basic stuff in VSCOcam.

Moral of the story is this: I'm a crappy picture taker. I don't "read" or "see" the light. Usually my pictures are shadowy, dark, and difficult to frame what feels like a good shot. In comes VSCOcam to save my dark, light-blind, poorly composed pictures. It does beautiful things for photos -like add more light to them when they're dark beyond recognition. It'll give you the gorgeous faded photos that are trendy (and, in my opinion, gorgeous).

Here are the bits and pieces I used to alter the picture of Hazel above along with my totally amateur take on how they change my pictures:


Some important notes about the app:
  • It exports to IG, yes, but it you haven't cropped the photo yourself VSCOcam makes the choice itself... I've found it way more useful to crop in the app by my own volition. 
  • The app takes practice. LOTS of practice. I used to hate it and become frustrated by how overdone photos looked. Stick with it. 
  • There is a social media stream and profile with VSCOcam (think Flickr or Photobucket)... I don't use it so I can't speak to it's goodness or not. 
  • You can makeover a picture too far. Trust me: 

I mean, who doesn't want to look like a washed out, tie-dye wearing Fourth of July fairy? Turns out: not this girl.

Have you downloaded your new favorite photo-editing app yet? 
(This was all my opinion and choice, no compensation or special attention from VSCOcam.
I just happen to love the app that much.)

19 comments:

  1. Downloading this now! :)

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  2. That is my fav app for photos!!!!!!

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  3. Brittany RasmussenMarch 28, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    I love this app. Ronnie is a master at it, but I am still learning.

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  4. Yes I love this app, still learning and it is so fun to play with!! Afterlight is another new fave

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  5. Brooks @ Cotton & BootsMarch 28, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    I would have to say Afterlight is my favorite photo editing app, but I love finding new ones! Especially when they are IG friendly

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  6. i have been using vscocam for a while now, and i have loved it since the first edit. it remind me of having a digital slr camera on my phone, just doing it on the back end instead of before taking the photo (i'm a photographer that thinks about all that lighting and exposure crap before, but only with my nice camera). exposure is my favorite tool, and i'm a chronic "f-2" overuser. nerd alert.

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  7. Thanks for sharing-- downloading it now! :)

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  8. I love VCSO, and you model it well. That pic of Hazel is so great.

    LOVE your new look, too. Its gorgeous.Very clean, Very nice.
    You and I definitely share our style (clearly) - and I like your taste.

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  9. I am going to download and check it out now!

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  10. I've been using Snapseed on android lately, but I find myself running out of patience to edit before I post most of the time. :)

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  11. I've been seeing #vscocam all over the place and I could not figure out what it was. haha So glad you featured it today, off to download!

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  12. VSCOcam is great! My favorite photo-editing app is PicTapGo.

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  13. f-2 is my favorite. seriously. every time i try and choose a different one i just go right back to f-2. Ugh.


    and i don't know if dslr will ever be my thing. i love my iphone photos. how un-techy is that?

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  14. I've never tried Afterlight! Maybe I'm behind the times? Or living in a photo-snapping cave...

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  15. So do you love it yet? It's tricky... I've had it for months and done nothing with it then suddenly, BOOM, obsessed.

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  16. Oh how you warm my heart. First, I've never modeled anything well... But I'm proud to say this is my first! And thank you for appreciating my taste, especially because you're on my list of woman crushes! :)

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  17. Ok ok I'll give VSCO one more go around! That thing has been installed, deleted and re-installed quite a few times. Personally I LOVE Pic Tap Go. Have you tried it?

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  18. I haven't tried Pic Tap Go. Downloading now! By the time I get a hang of it I'll have a whole new post to write! :)

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