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There's one app you should be using to make your Instagram pictures look so much better - here's how it works

If you want to transform your boring iPhone photos into stunning works of art the key is mastering VSCOCam.

If you want to transform your boring iPhone photos into stunning works of art the key is mastering VSCOCam.
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The first thing you'll see when you download the app is an introduction slide. Click the box in the bottom-left corner to navigate to the app's main menu.

The first thing you'll see when you download the app is an introduction slide. Click the box in the bottom-left corner to navigate to the app's main menu.
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The main menu lets you view your profile, explore other users' photos, access your library, or buy more filters. Take an in-app photo by clicking the camera icon (the small square with a circle inside it).

The main menu lets you view your profile, explore other users' photos, access your library, or buy more filters. Take an in-app photo by clicking the camera icon (the small square with a circle inside it).
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The in-app camera offers lots of additional controls such as manual focus, shutter speed, white balance, and exposure compensation. To access these controls click the dotted circle on the top left.

The in-app camera offers lots of additional controls such as manual focus, shutter speed, white balance, and exposure compensation. To access these controls click the dotted circle on the top left.
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When multiple camera controls are selected, they will be highlighted in white. It may seem confusing, but you just have to start hitting buttons and experimenting. Here, we've selected a photo grid for alignment (grid icon), low-light boost (white dot), white-balance lock (lock with the "WB" in it), and an advanced brightness option (square with "ADV"). When you're happy with the composition, snap a pic!

When multiple camera controls are selected, they will be highlighted in white. It may seem confusing, but you just have to start hitting buttons and experimenting. Here, we've selected a photo grid for alignment (grid icon), low-light boost (white dot), white-balance lock (lock with the "WB" in it), and an advanced brightness option (square with "ADV"). When you're happy with the composition, snap a pic!
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All photos taken from within the app are automatically stored in your library. If you're in the library, click the square on the bottom left to head back to the main menu, or click the camera icon to snap a new photo.

All photos taken from within the app are automatically stored in your library. If you're in the library, click the square on the bottom left to head back to the main menu, or click the camera icon to snap a new photo.
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You can also upload a photo to your library by clicking the + sign. Tap once on a photo to select it, then tap the icon on the bottom-left corner to edit the photo.

You can also upload a photo to your library by clicking the + sign. Tap once on a photo to select it, then tap the icon on the bottom-left corner to edit the photo.
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The paintbrush icon lets you choose filters. The wrench icon lets you access additional editing tools. The box with two bars lets you selectively remove edits.

The paintbrush icon lets you choose filters. The wrench icon lets you access additional editing tools. The box with two bars lets you selectively remove edits.
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There are tons of filter options. Click the one you want to apply, then click the slider to adjust the strength.

There are tons of filter options. Click the one you want to apply, then click the slider to adjust the strength.
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VSCO's editing tools can alter tons of things like tint, sharpness, clarity, brightness, skin tone, and more.

VSCO's editing tools can alter tons of things like tint, sharpness, clarity, brightness, skin tone, and more.
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When you're happy with the photo, you can export it to your iPhone library or social media, or share it to your grid.

When you're happy with the photo, you can export it to your iPhone library or social media, or share it to your grid.
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Your grid is a personal feed of photos, similar to Instagram's feed. You can add a comment and share your location.

Your grid is a personal feed of photos, similar to Instagram's feed. You can add a comment and share your location.
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Click back into the main menu, then click Explore to explore other people's grids. You can search by name and follow other users to see what pictures they're uploading. Think of it as a more deliberately artistic Instagram feed.

Click back into the main menu, then click Explore to explore other people's grids. You can search by name and follow other users to see what pictures they're uploading. Think of it as a more deliberately artistic Instagram feed.
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You can also search by keyword or hashtag.

You can also search by keyword or hashtag.
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There are some really gorgeous photos, like this one.

There are some really gorgeous photos, like this one.
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And this one.

And this one.
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If you're looking to add more customization, click Shop in the main menu to purchase custom filters.

If you're looking to add more customization, click Shop in the main menu to purchase custom filters.
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