Today, I just wanna share how crazy different pictures are viewed and appreciated with and without VSCO photo edits. To be completely honest, I’ve been trying to find the ‘perfect’ VSCO preset for months now because I hate how disoriented and sometimes gross my instagram feed is. Let’s be clear, i actually don’t care about what people think of my feed or the number of likes I get because it’s not a competition for popularity or as a form of social acceptance. That’s for me. I share something because it makes me happy, I like it and I feel like it. That said, whatever that I post on my social media however nice or ugly they are, they’re mostly to please my eyes. So, hush.
I never used to understand why people would go through all the trouble to edit their photos. It only dawned on me lately that I actually like editing photos. Like I don’t care whose photo it is or what it’s of, I just enjoy editing photos to make them more visually appealing. I’m no photographer or even close to passionate about photography but I generally love pretty pictures. For me, having the edited version of each original photo kinda beautifies my own photo gallery as I scroll through them. I have the unaltered original and the edited one that looks gorgeous. It’s just so visually appealing that I can’t resist spending my time doing it.
I’ve been toggling between VSCO, Instagram’s photo editing tools, Snapseed and I recently even purchased Faded because I think it’s great. Frankly, I’m still figuring out how to maximise the tools on Snapseed. For the Faded app, yes it was purchased and I don’t actually regret it because it has a lot of beautiful filters and sometimes you need certain edits that are more precise, which VSCO can’t deliver. I’m sorry but I’m not fluent at all with photography lingo but if I were to describe the difference between VSCO and Faded which are largely similar, I would say that Faded gives a more precise and smaller adjustment intervals than VSCO but VSCO has easy color highlighting and color shadowing functions. Either way, both VSCO and Faded has a horrible highlight function and not a very precise brightness function too and for these and these only, Instagram wins.
I think for now I’m tired of searching for any other photo editing apps because I’ve found 2 really great ones that I switch up sometimes and to meet my different demands. I hate apps that completely washes out the quality of your photo when you use them to edit. Quality and clarity is so important and I’m a sucker for sometimes over-sharpening my photos.
I’m not too sure why previously I liked having my photos in a blue hued shadows and peachy highlights. Now, I find them too tinted and warm so I’m sticking to my newfound love for this particular filter on VSCO: Hypebeast 1 (Hb1)! So pretty, cool-toned, white-washed and so simple. It creates a very simple-looking photo from a distracted multi-coloured photo.
To share my obsession with my new favourite VSCO filter/preset (I did toggle with the exposure, sharpness, shadows, coloured shadowing etc).
Here’s a selfie without VSCO’s Hb1 filter/preset:
With VSCO’s Hb1 filter/preset:
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset
I don’t know about you but I like how the photo transforms. To some or my sister at least, the processed one looks more pale but I like pale pictures as opposed to saturated/vibrant ones. Oh well! Whatever floats your boat right?
If you wanna know exactly what I used to get this look, click the link here!