If you want to get the most out of Instagram, it's worth enhancing your pictures with a little bit of technical magic before you publish them. Reputable photographers use digital tools to adjust everything from color balance to sharpness to saturation.
For everyone else, the Instagram app includes easy-to-use filters and editing tools that let you make your photos and videos more visually appealing.
Step by Step with Instagram Editing Tools
Look at this photo I took in a city park in Austin. Maybe not bad, but what if I could increase the visual appeal before I share it on Instagram? Here's how it works:
First upload the photo to the Instagram app using the + button on the home screen. Then select the desired picture from your phone's photo library and click "Next". (You can use the built-in Instagram camera to take the photo, but it's usually easier to use your phone's camera app so you can take as many shots as you need to get the best results.)
Although Instagram makes photos square by default, you can also use the <> button in the lower right corner, to resize the photo to its original dimensions.
If you keep the square format, put your fingertip on the photo to move it and get exactly the image you want. The grid lines shown help you to balance the visual composition. (It is no coincidence that the grid is 3×3; it helps you to follow the classic “rule of thirds”.)