Which filters to choose?

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There are tons of possibilities for a nice filter that results in a coherent picture collection on your blog or Instagram.
For me, this is mission impossible. I have no idea how people are able to create such a wonderful collage of so many diverse pictures.
I tried using different programs, I tried sticking with one filter, I tried to create recurrent colors.  Until I finally decided that my energy was better suited for something else.
Once I stopped obsessing over this, my pictures suddenly showed some overlapping characteristics. It took me half a year to figure out what my picture-editing method is.
One can argue that it’s ridiculous to be occupied with such a thing as pictures filters, but in my case I learned a lot about colors, my fashion photography choices and my own personal preferences.

My biggest tip, without mentioning any filter yet, is to find your own color/pose preferences. In my opinion, creativity and originality scores higher rather than another whitish, darkish, reddish account. I have seen many copies of a copy of a copy and I guess I’m not the only one that’s getting bored of this.
What defines you? What motivates that?  How can you translate this into your pictures?

VSCO
VSCO is a simple and easy way of giving your picture a nice filter. Plus you don’t need a computer to edit your pictures. There are lots of VSCO filters that cost little money and you can tweak every picture to your own liking.
A downside of VSCO (in my opinion) is that you can’t save your own created filter. Every filter needs to go through the same manual editing.
Get inspired here : https://nl.pinterest.com/fadhilla18/vsco-cam-filters/

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(Pictures found on Pinterest).

Adobe Lightroom
Lightroom is a perfect way of creating a standard filter for all of your pictures. There are many free (and paid) filters out there but my advice would be to play around. If you want to learn more about colors and editing options this is a perfect first step.
Don’t know where to start?
You can pick a picture from one of your “favorite accounts” and try to mimic it (no, don’t steal it!). This way you’ll learn much more about colors and how they influence an image. You’ll probably find out that you prefer different editing options than your favorite example, which is great because that’s the start of creating your own filter.

Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop has endless photo editing features. Color balance, selective colors, channel mixers, gradients, curves, hue and saturation…just to name a few. If you have no knowledge of Photoshop, be prepared to get lost in all its options. You have so much freedom that it might be overwhelming at the beginning.  The Youtube channel of Jessica Kobeissi could be of great help. She explains her picture editing in nice steps. Get inspired here https://www.youtube.com/user/jessicakphoto
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(Pictures from Jessica Kobeissi).

Instagram
Instagram has a range of nice filters, which can be attenuated to your own liking. This is a great way of putting a bit more yellow (Rise) or green (Perpetua) in your pictures. I also love their Lux option.

Snapseed
A free app that has a great collection of filters.  Besides the filters I love the brush possibilities which Instagram and VSCO don’t have. Do you love your picture, but does your face remain a little darkish? Snapseed can fix this for you by using its dodge & burn tool. It has many more tools which you should try out.

Iphone filters
I never had any Smartphone other than the Iphone, so I have little knowledge of (possible) Android or Huawei filters. What I do know is that the Iphone filters can be a nice base for pictures. The downside of Iphone filters are the lack of attenuation. It’s either filter on or filter off.

Mix them!
If you have figured out what you like in this whirlpool of endless possibilities, don’t feel obliged to stick with one program. The best results (for me at least) come from a combination of multiple programs. Have fun with it.

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Eva is a Dutch fashion blogger based in Twente, the Netherlands. Eva runs her blog since 2015 and quickly grew into a edgy and streetstyle based fashion blog where you’ll also find social media tips and tricks. Eva is active on many social platforms like Instagram, Lookbook, Facebook, Pinterest, Blogsociety, Fashion Potluck and Bloglovin. This is one of the main reasons that her reach goes far. Even though she doesn’t consider herself to be a Dutch Influencer she has worked with Livera, Violet Hamden, Defshop, Jo Malone, Ice-watch, BenBits, Esprit, Innocent drinks and many other brand.

Eva is een Nederlandse fashion blogger uit Twente. Na haar blog lancering in 2015 groeide ze al snel uit tot een edgy en streetstyle fashion blog waar je ook social media tips en marketing tricks vindt. Eva is actief op menig social media kanaal waaronder Instagram, Lookbook, Facebook, Pinterest, Blogsociety, Fashion Potluck en Bloglovin. Dit is één van de redenen waarom haar bereik ver gaat. Hoewel Eva zichzelf niet als een Nederlandse influencer ziet heeft ze samengewerkt met Livera, Violet Hamden, Defshop, Jo Malone, Ice-Watch, Benbits, Esprit, Innocent drinks en vele andere merken.