To preset or not to preset? Are presets worth it?

Hello Besties!

Once again I read a message sent to me asking what preset do I use for my Instagram theme. My answer to this question is I do not use presets!

My experience with presets is that they do not work. Well that may be little vague. Yes presets can work and they can help you maintain a theme but they are not magic.

I’m sure many people have scrolled through Instagram and thought wow this persons pictures all match, they look pleasing to look at how does he/she do it?

Then after some research or maybe after seeing some ads. You run across presets. Many influencers and bloggers sell their own presets that promise you that your fed can look like theirs. Then you buy it and try it and realize it did not work? Well this brings me back to presets are not magic. Yes the preset did work but just not how you expect it too.

Not all presets work on all photos. And some preset may work beautiful on certain photos and have no affect on other photos.

It all comes down to how what when and where you take the photo.

For example my theme is neutral with accents of color. If you pay close attention all my photos are taken on a white or grey background. (With the exception of my accent photos that are colored.) My reason to this is so that I can maintenance the neutral airy look. If I were to take a picture on a brown background no preset I put on it will make it white and airy. No mater what presets I put on it; it will not match the rest of my photos because the background is a totally different color. I don’t even have any brown in any of my photos for a brown photo to match my theme.

No matter weather your using a preset or not you still have the think and plan the photo. Take it with the right lighting, background and colors.

Ultimately My options is your still putting in the work to take the photo adding a preset will just change the tone of the photo. If You properly plan the photo and edit it a bit the need for a preset is not there. Yes I do edit my photos to help them match and follow as I call it. But the editing is minimal and not always necessary when the photo is taken properly.

It comes down to the fact that I always rather edit the photo to how I like it rather then put a preset on it. Taking the right photo is always gonna be necessary too have that aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed.

Sooooo…… Should you go and buy those presets you see sure you can as long as you understand that you will still need to put in work to get each picture you take to match.

Thank you for reading! If your interested and would like me to show you how I edit my photos leave me a comment or let me know and I would gladly share!

Love, Alex 💋

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