#SLSFILTERS || VSCO Recipe 002 :: free G3 Filter {+ a PLAYLIST!!}

Hi guys! Happy Monday!

I know I’m a day late & a dollar short with this post but I made the impromptu decision to take a mini social media break. I’m talking no instagrams, no social media, no blog posts. It was strange. Every now and then, I just need a break and I find the unplanned ones are the most therapeutic!

This weekend, we had a LOT of unconfirmed, loose end plans. As an introvert, those are hella stressful. I have no idea what to expect with my time or the day. Fellow introverts get it but when you make plans, you also need to account for a “decompress” time. It’s basically how we recharge.

Well- none of the plans fell through so I decided to take the weekend off and relax. I started every morning at our favourite local bar with some spicy bloodies, & on Saturday we made a chicken pot pie pizza which was INSANE. I’ll post the recipe here soon as there are some things I want to perfect.

I love instagram, but there was something therapeutic about taking the time off & just being there.

Also, if you’re interested!!!! I posted a song called “Get It On” by Monodeluxe in my stories a few weeks ago that I was digging. WELL- I made this playlist for a sweet follower on Instagram who was looking for a similar vibe since she loved the song so much. Talk about day made! Anyways, check it out here – issa lounge vibe to the max. I hope you like!! I’ve been working to it all day today. B.Y.O. in particular reminds me of Paris so much.

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I’ve been rewatching old movies from the 80s & 90s which is super inspiring like Clueless & Heathers. In fact, what’s been inspiring me specifically in a major way is the different film styles. I can’t help but as I watch to rack up mental vsco notes. In fact, I’m working on my Clueless VSCO filter so I’ll share that one in the near future after I perfect it. I find I notice so many things from the colours to the contrast – basically, I’m VSCO’ing it all in my head LOL. Any other classics I should watch? The more 80s – 00s, the better.

Anyways, that’s all I got – how was your weekend?

Speaking of VSCO….

Let’s get into the filters! We are still working through the free filters that come with Instagram. This one is the G series

filter :: G3

cost :: free!

The G-series is the portrait series. G3 comes free with VSCO, but you can get G1 & G2 in the Portrait Pack for 99 cents. However, if you’re looking to purchase, I highly recc splurging on the Limited Edition Pack for $8.99 as it includes G1, G2 & 36 others, including my OG favourite series – the P-Instant series

This filter on it’s own is already incredibly flattering as I’m sure you figured with a filter meant for portraits.

G3 lends vibrancy and creamier tones. For this reason, it’s especially flattering for selfies. It also has a nice subtle contrast so it will do well with dramatic lighting.

Though this does well with skin tones, I personally love it for golden hour or blue hour. It adds a little extra magic to it. Both the selfie of me & picture of my legs was taken in direct sunlight, where the reflection of me and the SF skies were taken at sunset.

I wanted to add to the flattering creamy tones so I did one of my favourite tricks in the book – I added a red tint to the highlights and upped it +2.8. This will enhances skin tones of all sorts. It also does well with sky photos, it gives a nice candy paint to it without making it too purple or pink. I upped the tint slightly which also makes it more pink than green. This helps even the tone a bit.

Since this filter is a cooler filter, I tinted the shadows blue +2.8 vs adjusting the temperature. It complements the blue well. Blues look bluer & the above tones look creamier. If you want to really play with the warm creamy tones, up the temperature & to make it even more blue, lower the temperature.

Since there is a subtle contrast in this filter, I saved the shadows very slightly. In high contrast / underexposed photos, this helps recover lost detail. Though I did a tiny amount, +0.1 gives a significant detail without it getting too grey. I like to do this in lieu of adjusting the contrast.

Same with the highlights – this helps take care of over exposed images & lends a nice matte effect. This helps balance out brightness & I love the matte retro feel of it. Per usual, I added a slight kiss of grain & fade. This adds to the dreamy quality of it. I do this with almost every photo I post!

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions. xx Shannon

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