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I frequently receive questions on how I do my Instagram Photos. These questions come from anonymous followers or friends on what app or filter I use, what camera do I work with and how I customize my settings. It took me quite some time to figure out my “signature” treatment for my feed, but I finally found this one that works for my personality and style; clean, white and defined images.

I’ve usually been hushed about how I exactly compose my images, but as requested and promised, here is a quick tutorial on how you can achieve my Stark White Editing in three simple steps!


STEP I: Shooting Your Image

In order to have good outputs it is necessary to have a good raw photo to begin with. I shoot my photos in white daylight, meaning when the sun’s light is not too warm or yellowish. I don’t use artificial lighting, natural light is always the best. I shoot my objects either on any white surface such as white table, white sheets, white wall but if you don’t have any of these a sufficient size of an illustration board or white cartolina will do!

Majority of my photos are only shot by my iPhone 5s.

I’ll detail and give tips on how you to compose and shoot your images on my next post!



STEP II: Editing Your Image

I’ve been frequently asked what apps I use for editing, it is just simply VSCOCAM and I just use SNAPSEED when I feel like it still requires.

My default filter for my stark white photos is SE3 or STREET ETIQUETTE. This is a filter pack I downloaded from VSCO’s filter store. It usually desaturates the image initially, but I still adjust the settings to achieve the treatment I want.

There are six adjustments I normally make:

1. Exposure– increase to desired level.
2. Temperature– decrease it to the blue-ish tones to balance the warmness of the preset of SE3.
3. Contrast– increase to maximize the difference between the darks and the lights of the image.
4. Tint– increase to the purple-ish tint to minimize the remaining warmness of the photo.
5. Saturation– increase since SE3 usually desaturates the original image.
6. Sharpness– increase to define the image.

Here’ is a sample on how I adjust my settings:







I use Snapseed to specifically adjust parts of an image when I feel like there is a need to. I usually just use the “SELECTIVE ADJUST” feature to target those specific spots I want to fix.



Tip: Always adjust according to how you feel. Be free to edit according to what your senses call for, these are just guidelines on how I normally do the style of my photos, I hope it also helps you in creating your own signature treatment!



Processed with VSCOcam with se3 preset


Have a question in mind or tips you want me to share?
Message me at: Ask.fm/andieJ_ or simply leave a comment below.

5 responses to “INSTAGRAM: Stark White Photos”

  1. chloe says:

    Omg! Thank you so much for sharing this

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this! Most of the people who are good with these that I asked about their filtering secrets didn’t even dare to post it publicly. I guess they are really that selfish and they just replied that it was a “secret”. Which, for me, is really kinda mean. Anyways, thank you very much manang Andie! I’m from SSAB btw, I was there when you did your talk 🙂

  3. Margaux says:

    SE3 is not for free on vsco 🙁 any free substitute you can suggest? 🙂
    Your photos are great by the way! And thank you so much for sharing how you edit them too 🙂

  4. Nichole says:

    Hi andie:) thankyou sa mga tips on how to edit a photo. It was great i always read and stalk you especially sa insta i always wanted to be you being on a fashion industry is my dream hope to meet you soon and Godbless always also to your job keep it up

  5. Facie says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Andie. I’m from SSA-B as well, batch 2008, a batch higher than you. I always see you on the hallways and did not expect that you’d be this stylish and now, famous. Well, you were young back then. I adore you IG photos and I really thank you for sharing how you edit your photos. God bless you on your future endeavors. Keep on doing great. 🙂

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