Instagram, for me, has been such a tricky platform to “get right” and judging by the amount of Twitter chats about themes, apps, posting frequency, spam followers, flatlays, lighting etc I don’t seem to be the only one who has been left bedazzled recently.
After using an identical filter on all my pictures, abusing the brightness setting, adding a white frame, doing my best to accomplish the magical ways of VSCO cam and following those who seem to have cracked the code, I found myself in an Instagram rut and confused about what “looks good”.
I know what you’re thinking, does it reeeallly matter whether your pics are perfect? Isn’t it just about sharing photos and happy memories? Well yes, unless you’re a blogger. At the end of the day each and every one of us, (whether you admit it or not) would go to the ends of the Earth for an amazing theme, it helps drive traffic to our blog and also looks pretty darn cool if you ask me.
I think it’s partly due to the most successful bloggers leading the way in the Instagram world, but that it’s also down to the fact that blogging really does teach us a whole set of different skills – one being photography. We are learning the technical terms, the power of lighting, how to use Photoshop etc, inside and out and so why wouldn’t we want to post a photo of which we’re proud of?
While I am a million miles from achieving something that looks as though it has been published in a magazine, I have found an app which at least makes me happy – and that at the end of the day is what truly matters.
I no longer look back on a photo the day after I post it and think “My god why did I think that filter did that photo any justice?!” or “what was I thinking when I cranked up the saturation?!”
Instead, I am pretty content with how my feed is shaping up…
Described as being able to “create fresh photos, bright whites and colours that pop”, this is the perfect app for those of you who want to step up your insta game.
At the moment, I am just using the free features on the app, with my favourite filters being “Disco Ball” and “Mimosa” from the “Good Vibes” collection and “Pop” and “Ice Ice” from the Essentials package.
However, following the ColorStory’s app itself, I am now lusting after every other filter going.
The app is SO simple to use and once you’ve made your edits you can easily save your photos to your camera roll or post them straight on social media. What’s more, if you use the hashtag #acolorstory the team might just pick up your photo and credit you on their account!
PLUS once you strike gold with your perfect combination of filters, you can save the editing steps to use again on future photos.
Finally, there’s good news for Android users! Currently the app is only available on iOS but the team are in the process of making the finishing touches to your version of the app too…! 🙂
Have you used Color Story before? What are your favourite filters?