A guide to how I take my photos for instagram and edit with VSCOcam

May 6, 2015

Everyone takes photos on their iPhones and we all have our own different ways of taking them. For anyone that knows me, they know I can’t help a quick instagram post (yes, even of my food) and editing them with VSCO Cam.

As I enjoy taking photos I thought it’d be cool to share some of my most recent ones and talk about how I like to take my photos. But at the end of the day if you like the photos you take, then it doesn’t really matter what everyone else thinks.

I like using Instagram to document my life and what I’m up to. Wherever I’m travelling I’ll tend to take a photograph. I’ll take photos of food, drinks, new clothes or trainers or just cityscapes, something I was doing quite a lot whilst in London as the buildings in the city offer something different.

Personally, if you want to take a photo of your food, drink, the place you’re at, don’t be embarrassed to get up and do just that. Too many people care what others think when they get up to take a photo, or rush it and end up not liking the photo they’ve taken. Make sure your camera is focused before taking the photo. I normally take two or three just to make sure there’s at least one in focused.

Natural light also makes a big difference to the quality of your photos, especially when you’re on your iPhone. In the evenings you’ll struggle to take a clear photo, without camera noise, so make the most of the daylight. Try and get a cool angle with whatever you’re taking. I always find that having your main focus point in the centre of the frame works well. Clean backgrounds and birds eye view shots always go down well with me.

Normally I’ll wait to edit my photos later as I think sometimes you can be too focused on editing your photo that you end up not enjoying yourself as much as you could be. As I said, I edit with VSCOCam to make tweaks to contrast, saturation, adding fade and removing shadows and highlights. I wouldn’t say I have a go to filter on the VSCO app, but I have been using HB1 and HB2 quite a lot recently (Hypebeast filters). The best thing I can suggest is to just play around with them and see what you like the most. That’s what I end up doing most of the time and it seems to work.

See what I’m up to by following me on instagram @jordanbunker and let me know what your tips are for taking photos and how you edit them.



  • Reply Matthew Pike May 6, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Nice guide man. I struggle most of the time, our gaff isn’t so photo-friendly so i don’t update as much as i’d like, and sometimes over do it with the filters and messing.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Reply Jordan May 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you man, glad you liked it! Really enjoyed writing this so I hope some people actually find it useful. Yeah that can be the danger sometimes when you’re editing. Another little tip, edit your photos on full brightness!

  • Reply Albert May 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Great post! And wonderful photos you have there 🙂

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

    • Reply Jordan May 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Albert, glad you like them! Drop me a follow on instagram, would love to see what you’re up to! J

  • Reply Mr Essentialist May 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    These are nice shots – I love using vsco. Quick and consistently good results.
    Mr Essentialist

    • Reply Jordan May 14, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you! Yeah it’s a great little app for editing photos, much better than the editing capabilities within instagram. I’ve just taken a look at your blog, really dig the layout.

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