First things first — Let's talk VSCO

For us – the secret's out: VSCO is a must-have in our tool-kit – making it easy to shoot, edit, and share images with a quality that emulates what we first knew as professional photographers. From its built-in camera with advanced settings to its range of editing tools and platform, the VSCO app will have your dSLR cameras doing a double-take in no time.

Explore the go-to tips and tricks below for using VSCO and taking them to print – we hope you'll feel inspired to create alongside us.

Shoot & Edit With VSCO

We use the built-in camera for advanced control of light conditions, focus and white balance. Combine this with the many built-in presets and a full suite of editing tools and we're able to cover all of our editing needs right from within the app. Check out the before-and-afters below of some of our recent photos we've shot and edited using VSCO®. (wink wink: you never saw the before)

Side-by-side comparison of the G3 / +11 filter by VSCO

The old saying goes "Less is more" – and it's no different for your photographs. When applying presets & other basic editing functions, we always aim for a timeless look. You never want to stray too far from where you started – but a little bit of pop never hurts. Here, we mixed a touch of contrast with the A6 preset to add more depth. (Insider tip: 9 times out of 10, we bump up the exposure of our photographs by at least one notch before editing.)

Side by side filter compariosn of the KK2 / +6 filter by VSCO

When editing your photo, think back to how you felt in the exact moment the photo was taken – Was it cold? Eye-blinding bright? Cloudy? You can add subtle elements of this while in the editing process. Here, we thought back to the desert-like weather and beating sun to create a warm effect. By choosing the KK2 preset, the rich oranges and reds are added back into the photo.

(Insider tip: Not all presets come standard with the app. If you peek in the VSCO store, there are a few you can download for free like the KK preset used above!)

Side-by-side filter comparison of the C1 / +3 preset by VSCO

We've all been there – window seat, camera in hand, and the photo never quite turns out. Bump the exposure up a few notches to make up for those dusty double-thick windows. Recreate the vibrant colors that your eye saw. Here, we focused on bringing out the green with preset C1.

Side-by-side comparison of the B3 / +3 preset by VSCO

Channel your inner Ansel Adams and make way for timelessness with VSCO's black & white presets. Turning up the exposure can completely change the detail in the image. VSCO offers three standard Black & White presets so make sure to try them all before making your final edit.

Side-by-side comparison of the A6 / +6 filter by VSCO

"The tones, the tones!" Those are words you'll hear echoing around our office every now and again. We're suckers for beautiful tones and there's a good bet you'll find them in most images of water if you play (or edit) your cards right.

Ready to step up your photography? Download the VSCO app and check-out this video walkthrough or the step-by-step guide for iPhone.