July 6, 2017

Filters give photos a little more feel to it. For me, it sets the right mood — warmer filters for summer, and cooler ones for rainy days or winter; saturated ones for colorful places, and less saturated edits for a minimalist feel. I’ve always been one to play around with filters. This year alone, I had already tried out and used three “themes” for my Instagram account, and am already thinking of changing it again.

During the first part of the year, I was going for a saturated with a pop of earthy colors (mostly blue) and a bit of pink tint. The second one I decided especially for my Japan trip — still saturated but with a more earthy toned filter and much more warmer. I honestly liked it but my longing for shooting on analog film became stronger so I decided to make up for it by making my photos have a film feels to it. This time, I turned to Afterlight instead of VSCO to achieve my current taste.


Since the picture is already bright, I decided to bypass adjusting the Brightness, Contrast, and Exposure. I also skipped the Highlights and Shadows.

I started by going to the ‘Filters’ section and pressed ‘Fusion’. This function allows me to record all the actions I made on the picture and save it for me to be able to use the exact same edit on different pictures with just one click. So it basically allows me to create my own preset.

I used three different filters: Bright Fire (51%), Sage (45%), and Breeze (41%).

Since I like sharp pictures, I adjusted the sharpness to 50%. Depending on the lighting, I also adjust the ‘Temperature’ — less when the original photo is warmer, and more when it’s on the cool side (for this photo, I adjusted it to -20%). And because I’m going for a film look, I do two things. Add 50% ‘Grain’ (although I used 60% here since the picture is bright), and add a 50% light leak.

Afterwards, I press ‘Done’, name my preset, and I’m finished! It’s not much but I’m really liking the output! I am yet to explore more filters but as of now, I’m contented with how my photos are looking (although, I’m developing a new preset using a new app 😛 ).

If you’re trying this tutorial out, please let me see how it went for you by tagging me on Twitter (@_piaaa) or on Instagram (@pepperonipia). <3 Also, please let me know if you wish to see more of this kind of tutorial here on my blog. 😀

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  • Reply Patricia July 7, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Thank you for sharing this, Pia!!! 💗 I’m so excited to try this tutorial on most of my photos!

    • Reply Pia July 7, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thanks, Pat! Looking forward to your pictures! <3

  • Reply Da Dominguez July 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I always thought my IG feed is boring because I find it hard to be consistent with filters! I actually tried before, but I give up na. Haha. Although I’d love to see more posts like this one, because I still want to experiment with filters from time to time. Love the leak effect!

    • Reply Pia July 13, 2017 at 9:01 am

      I try to use consistent filters but I get bored easily which is why I always change it. Lol. Glad that you liked this post, Da! <3

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