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Photography Tutorial: VSCOcam App Basics

October 2, 2013

     Photography Tutorial_ VSCOcam App Basics

(Editor’s Note: Portions of this post have been updated to reflect this blog’s commitment to excellent, updated content.)

Instagram is the new Facebook. Or the new Twitter. Or the new . . . something. Don’t get me wrong. I totally love Instagram. I could play with photos on it all day long if I could. (I know. Lame.)

But sometimes, just sometimes, don’t you wish you had some additional options than the filters Instagram offers? A few additional spices in your cabinet of Iphone-photography tricks? Oh, but you do Allow me to demonstrate.

First of all, go download the VSCOcam app to your iPhone. Don’t worry; it’s completely free. Downloaded? Wonderful.

Click the picture of three lines in the bottom left corner. Click “Library”. Click the “+” sign at the top. Upload a picture from your camera roll. Tap it once to highlight it (a gold frame will surround it). Now click the square in the bottom center with the image of the wrench. Touch the triangle at the bottom of the screen and slide your finger up.

I took this picture on a hot sunny day back when my family visited. Mark and I took my youngest siblings on a jaunt to the National Zoo.

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Now the fun begins. Touch the wrench to open manual editing options. This picture is a little under-exposed, so I’ll brighten it up. (Click the checkmark when you’re done playing with your exposure to return to the main panel.)


The next setting is temperature. I’d like to warm this picture up a bit.


Next I’ll adjust the contrast.


My absolute favorite tool to play with is the Fade option.


The photo looks even more snazzy if I raise the saturation level a bit.


When you’re done editing, touch the triangle at the bottom again. Click the checkmark once to save the edits. Voila. An ordinary picture is transformed from everyday to artistic and fun. Click the outward pointing arrow at the bottom and click “Save to Camera Roll” to preserve or print the picture or “Instagram” to share with friends.

What are your favorite VSCOcam tricks? If this was helpful, check out all of these other posts about photography.

P.S. Besides my iPhone, I love to take pictures with my Canon PowerShot.

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial on this new app I’ve never even heard of (until now–thank you!). I completely agree with you that Instagram is fun but limiting. And perhaps the simplicity of it is what they feel distinguishes them in some way? But the editing features sound super helpful. Off to give it a test run!

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