Ayla Dimitri, Jakarta-based content creator and travel enthusiast, is a one busy woman—we found out that the day after our chat, she would be jetting off to London to attend a fashion show. Nonetheless, we had a rare chance to have a little talk with her in the middle of a fashion photo shoot to find out how she edits her Instagram pictures—because, hey, look at her perfectly curated Instagram feed! In case you’re wondering how, here we spill the beans just for our special readers.
What photo-editing apps do you frequently use?
For the first layer, I use VSCO. My favourite filters are FR4, A6, 06, A8 and FP4. For little details, like brightness and removing dark spots, I use Snapseed. I only retouch the photos—I never alter my physical appearance. For making collages and layouts, I use Over.
How long does it take for you to edit a photo?
I guess it takes around 15 to 30 minutes. I can be quick at it.
How many posts per day?
I usually post one to four posts per day on Instagram, depending on the event and circumstances.
Do you have any other tips to take a good picture?
Find natural light and a nice background. Oh, and one more thing: try not to post too many selfies. [laughs]
What camera do you use to take your pictures?
I use a mirrorless camera, a Fujifilm X-T1 with a 35mm F1.4 fixed lens, and my mobile phone, an iPhone 8. I rarely ask for an assistance from a professional photographer—my manager usually takes the photo.
What about taking and editing YouTube videos?
For vlogs, I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85, and for tutorial or styling videos, I normally ask a videographer to edit the videos.
(Photo credits: Heri B. Heryanto; Outfit: Amanda Hartanto Batik; Location: Blue Terrace at Ayana Midplaza Jakarta.)