If you love snapping photos as much as we do, then you’re no stranger to the Instagram app. Like the 100 million active users who love sharing their photos, we love taking photos and then adding cool filters to highlight your best moments in life.
Today, we’re going to share our favorite Instagram filters, because adding a filter might just make your photo really pop!
The Essential Guide to Instagram Filters: FreePrints Edition
If Instagram has increased your love of photo taking, you’ve got to know more about the filters – rather than just slapping a random filter on your photo. This post will help you know which filter to use, and what effect it will have on your photo.
We took a photo of a dozen roses, and here is the photo with no filter. We will show you what each filter does to photo of roses.
The Amaro filter adds more light to your photo, so this effect will be greater with a darker photo. This is a great filter to use if you want to bring a darker photo to life.
Mayfair adds light to your photo. It has a warm pink tone with subtle vignetting that brightens the center of the photograph. This filter works works great with evenly and well-lit scenes.
The Rise filter does exactly what it sounds like – it brings a nice warm glow to your photo. This is a great filter to use when you want to add a softer feeling to your photo.
Hudson gives your images an icy look. You’ll notice a slight blue tint that gives it a cooler look. This filter is great to use when you’re outdoors.
This filter gives your image a faded look, as if the photo was taken in the 1990′s. Use Valencia to give your image an older feeling.
This filter gives a very warm feeling to your photo. You’ll notice that the colors are much more vibrant with X-Pro II. This is good to use when you’ve got strong colors in your photo that you want to emphasize those colors.
Sierra makes your image look a bit softer with a nice fade. Rise is similar to this filter, but it doesn’t fade the image the same way. This is a great filter to use if you want to add a calmness to your image.
Willow is one of the two black and white filters that Instagram offers.Willow is a monochrome filter with subtle purple tones and a translucent glowing white border. It looks exceptionally beautiful when used over portraits, still lifes, landscapes and architectural photographs.
We love the Lo Fi filter because it adds vibrant color and contrasting shadows to your image. Use this filter to really make your subject stand out.
Earlybird puts a light brown fade on your image with softer colors from your original photo. It’s a perfect filter for making something look antique.
Sutro gives a dark smoked looked to photos with Sepia-like tones. You’ll notice that there is an emphasis on browns and purples. It’s best used with light photos since it adds such dark contrasts.
Toaster lightens the center of your photo and gives the image a burnt, aged look. It adds a slight texture, plus vignetting.
The Brannan filter adds a greyish hue that makes images a darker. You’ll notice it brings out more grey’s and green’s with this filter. This is a good filter to use when your photo has strong shadows.
This is Instagram’s second black and white filter. What it does: Turns your image black and white, and it adds high contrast.
The Walden filter will give your photo a washed-out look. You’ll notice more bluish colors with this filter, and a slight corner vignetting.
Hefe is similar to Lo Fi, but the colors aren’t as bright or contrasting as Lo Fi. This is a great filter to use when you want to enhance the colors in your photo.
Nashville gives your images a nice, warm feel. There is are light pink and purple tones. This filter is perfect to add a nice retro feel to your photo.
As the name suggests, 1977 gives your photo the feeling as if you took it in the 1970′s. It adds a brighter, faded look. It’s best used with images that are a big darker.
Kelvin adds a bright orange hint to your photo. This filter boosts the earth tones green, brown and orange and adds brightness.
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