How I Edit My Editorial Images

Find out exactly how I edited these more editorial images …

Find out exactly how I edited these more editorial images ...

Recently over on my Instagram I have released a small three part series (part three will be out soon) called ‘The Water Series’. This series contains a few editorial shots from when I did a beach shoot with Georgia Ellen the other week. I was in love with how the images came out and it turns out they have been pretty popular over on Instagram too. You can check out the below:

Part 1 – ‘The Water Series’

Part 2 – A Relationship With Water

This editorial style image is something that I actually love and want to adapt a bit more into my feed for the rest of the year. Okay I won’t be diving into the sea in the middle of November, but an editorial shoot some how. I bought a new camera during lockdown too so with this shoot I really got to test it out. You don’t have to have the best camera to do editorial shoots – however it does give lush results. For those wondering I used a Canon 5D Mark IV for this shoot (aka my little baby).

But something I love about editorial shots like these, is that not only is the image really creative, but you can also play around with the editing a lot more than when shooting street style. I got a few messages about how I edited the images I have shown so far. It is really super easy! I used to stick to having one preset for everything I posted. But one silver lining of lockdown was it allowed me to really redefine the content I was making. I realised that every image has its own style, and that editing it separately to every other image is a part of the content creation process.

Find out exactly how I edited these more editorial images ...

Being able to play around with different edits for each photo has made me fall in love with making content. And I only use one app to edit now. YEP ONE APP.

I use the VSCO Cam app to edit my photos. I love this editing app and is an app I have had for years, not just for blog images, but also for when I edit my own personal images. It is one of the more popular apps, and it allows you to use a wide variety of gorgeous filters. I paid for the full version, allowing me to have unlimited access to filters and editing tools. If you are a content creator or want that power when editing I would highly recommend paying for it. I paid about £19.99 for the year which in comparison to programs like Adobe Lightroom and photoshop on the desktop its really cheap. And the filters are STUNNING.

Part 1

VSCO Filter Kodak TRI-X 400 ~ +6.8

Exposure ~ -2.8

Grain ~ +2.2

Vignette ~ +12.0

Adjust Crop and Straighten

Part 2

VSCO Filter M5/Mood ~ +6.8

Exposure ~ -3.0

Grain ~ +3.5

It is as simple as that. I played around with a load of different filters to see which suited the image the best, and what would also fit with the theme I have going. I have a very lose theme at the moment however I feel that is the beauty of content creation. A mix of images you take there in the moment, and then more curated ones like these. These two filters I do use often, however I use a large range so these aren’t the only ones. Also when it comes to black and white images there isn’t just one black and white one I use. There are so many on VSCO that vary from contrast, depth and brightness. So one image might look good with the filter above but you might need to use another for a different photo.

I have also done an Instagram reel on this which you can check out here.

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20 responses to “How I Edit My Editorial Images”

  1. Hannah Louise Blog says:

    These photos are stunning oh my god!!

  2. Alison says:

    This is a new topic for me. We’re just figuring out how to take and get good photos for our blog and Instagram. I’ll have to check out the app you mentioned as I haven’t heard of that one. Thanks for sharing your process!

  3. You are so talented! xx


  4. Lisa Autumn says:

    So beautiful!

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  5. Your photos are really stunning. Thank you so much for sharing details how you edit them. I like your black and white style.

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  6. Lauren says:

    These photos are beatiful!

  7. Shirsha says:

    Your photos are stunning, Emily! And I absolutely love the presets that you’ve used. VSCO is such a versatile editing app. It’s not just about the filters but you have so much control over everything. Great photos and great post. 🙂

  8. aimsysantics says:

    Your photos are beautiful! Its great getting a new camera isn’t it? Really inspires you to get out there shooting. I really like how these have been edited too, I can’t belive they are in one app! I’ve followed you over on Instagram to see more of your snaps!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  9. Radi says:

    Epic shots! I love black and white photography!


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