My Instagram feed isn't the prettiest; nor is it the coolest or the most consistent. It just exists. My SO and I spoke about it tonight; we sat down and looked at my recent photos. The ones which work stayed and two which didn't, were removed. I deleted a badly lit photograph of cucumber water and an absolutely horrendous one of the kitchen sink. It seemed to us that the images worked best when they were left untouched by horrible, grainy app filters. So much of the original photo quality is lost when I add a filter.
I decided to break a rule I set for myself. The rule was that I wouldn't delete, over edit, unfollow or unfriend unnecessarily. I was once a notorious serial deleter, unfollower and unfriender but I decided to change. I also promised myself that I wouldn't remove or replace any images I post. I broke that promise today. I wanted to stick to not deleting in order to develop and progress. I wanted to look back on terrible photos and think “well, at least I'm improving”… I downloaded Facetune and VSCO Cam, two apps which are great when they’re used by other people (as mentioned by popular lifestyle bloggers and vloggers) but I tried and failed. For now, I might just stick to simple, composed and unfiltered images taken with an actual camera, my phone and iPad photos just don’t cut it.
In my quest for beautiful images I did however find a site called Death to The Stock Photo. I’d recommend it as it seems like a useful blogging resource. They give you a free download and you can sign up to receive photographs via email. I also found the site of a blogger called Emma Davies who is offering an email photography course, so I joined.