More Photo Sharing Tips

Editing Options

Know Your Filters


  • Intensifies shadows and brightens highlights in your photos, allowing for vibrant color. Use this filter in minimalist photos where color will be a main focal point.


  • Tints cool tones green while making warm tones pop and whites glow for vibrant photos of people. It is also popular for adding authenticity and richness to street photography.


  • Gives photos a vintage look. If using with a darker photo, it can give it a yellowish tone. If using it with a photo filled with light, it can give it a brighter look.


  • Desaturates reds while increasing blues and greens to bring your landscapes to life. It's the most popular filter for food. It's also popular for nature shots.

Editing Tools

Lesser-Known Editing Tips

  • Rearrange the order of your filters: You can press and hold a filter at the bottom of the screen, then drag it to the desired position.
  • Keep track of what editing tools you've used: In preview mode, a gray dot will appear below each of the effects you’ve applied to your photo.
  • Adjust filter strength: Once you've added a filter, tap the filter again then use the slider to adjust filter strength.

Learn more about effects and filters or editing posts.

Using Editing Tools


  • Transforms photos that are underexposed or lack contrast. Lux balances exposure and increases brightness.
  • After selecting a photo, tap at the top of the screen to apply Lux.

The original photo is has decent exposure, color and detail. With the addition of Lux the colors become more vibrant and more details are visible. Learn more about Lux.


  • Directs a viewers’ attention to a photo's subject. A photo that is taken in full sunlight will likely be high in contrast. It will have tones ranging from black to white, with dark shadows and bright highlights. If you increase contrast you will make shadows darker and highlights brighter.


  • An increase in saturation will intensify and increase the separation between colors.


Has several editing features to make sharing memories easier:


  • Tilt-shift within mobile photography applications is often the process of selective focus. It can be used to give the appearance of a shallow depth of field (DoF), or placing the focus on a subject in the background while blurring out the foreground and vice versa. Learn more about using tilt-shift on Instagram.

More Ways to Share


Layout is app that lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image. It’s fun, it’s simple and it gives you a new way to flex your creativity.

Visit the Layout Help Center or learn more about Layout.


Boomerang helps you turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected. It takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and backward. Shoot in portrait or landscape.

Capture a friend jumping off a diving board, defying physics as she flies back and forth through the air. Get that exact moment your friend blows out his birthday candles, then watch them come back to life again and again.

Visit the Boomerang Help Center or see more videos from the official Boomerang account.


Hyperlapse lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.

Visit the Hyperlapse Help Center or learn more about Hyperlapse.

Connecting with the Instagram Community

Tips from featured members of the Instagram Community


@symmetrybreakfast likes to keep shooting simple by using daylight and texture capture, and often uses Instagram's editing tools.


@pketron knows that all elements in a photo don't always need to be symmetrical in order for it to look good, and uses careful cropping and centering to perfect shots.


@dankhole recommends straightening photos and changing their perspective or distance to give ground elements strength.

Helpful Hashtags

Follow these topics on the Instagram blog to get advice advice community members on how they capture their best moments:

Weekend Hashtag Project

Join the Weekend Hashtag Project and participate with the Instagram community in a weekly series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

Past Weekend Hashtag Projects include:

  • #WHPrealemojis asked community members to make photos and videos that capture real-life examples of your favorite emojis.
  • #WHPpostcard asked community members to make photos and videos that capture a sense of place.


InstaMeets are gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate their creativity. People meet up to take photos and videos together. Learn more about Instameet.

To learn more about Instagram, visit the Help Center or see questions from other Instagram users in the Facebook Help Community.