VSCO Tutorial: How To Shoot & Edit Incredible iPhone Photos

The free VSCO app (previously known as VSCO Cam) is a powerful all-in one camera, editing and photo sharing app. It’s easy to use and offers high quality results. The camera includes advanced manual controls, and the photo editor has a wide selection of elegant film-like filters and essential adjustment tools. In this tutorial you’ll discover everything you need to know about using VSCO to shoot, edit and share amazing iPhone photos.

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VSCO Tutorial: Table Of Contents

Click a title below to go directly to that section of the tutorial:

Section 1: How To Use VSCO

Section 2: How To Take Photos With VSCO Camera

2.1 Focus & Exposure
2.2 Shooting Menu
2.3 Flash
2.4 Gridlines
2.5 Shutter Button
2.6 White Balance Lock
2.7 Advanced Camera Settings
2.8 Interface Color
2.9 Front Camera
2.10 Preview Your Photos
2.11 Summary Of The VSCO Camera

Section 3: How To Edit Photos In VSCO

3.1 VSCO Presets/Filters
3.2 VSCO Adjustment Tools
3.3 Exposure
3.4 Contrast
3.5 Straighten
3.6 Horizontal Perspective
3.7 Vertical Perspective
3.8 Crop
3.9 Clarity
3.10 Sharpen
3.11 Saturation
3.12 Highlights Save
3.13 Shadows Save
3.14 Temperature
3.15 Tint
3.16 Skin Tone
3.17 Vignette
3.18 Grain
3.19 Fade
3.20 Shadows Tint
3.21 Highlights Tint
3.22 Summary Of The VSCO Editing Tools

Section 4: How To Share Photos On The VSCO Grid

Section 5: VSCO App Conclusion

1. How To Use VSCO

Formerly known as VSCO Cam, this app is divided into different sections for shooting, editing and sharing your photos.

While there are many features packed into this app, it actually has a very minimal user interface with many of the tools appearing as simple icons.

In the following video, you’ll learn how to navigate around the VSCO app so that you know how to access the shooting, editing and sharing features:

The important thing to remember when using VSCO is that you can easily access the main menu at any time simply by swiping right across the screen. This menu gives you access to the different areas and features within the app:

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Here’s a summary of the VSCO menu options:

The top option in the menu lets you access or create your own user profile so that you can share your photos on the VSCO Grid. The Explore option lets you view and discover the work of other photographers on VSCO.

The Library is where you’ll find any photos that you’ve taken with the VSCO camera or imported into the app for editing. The Shop allows you to purchase additional presets for editing your photos.

There are also two small icons at the bottom of the menu. The left icon is for accessing the Camera, and the right icon opens the VSCO app settings.

Let’s now explore the three main areas of the VSCO app: camera, editing and sharing.

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2. How To Take Photos With VSCO Camera

The VSCO camera can be used to take photos instead of using the iPhone’s native camera app. The great thing about the VSCO camera is that it’s suitable for beginners and advanced iPhone photographers alike.

You can use its basic functions to simply set your focus point and shoot, or you can use a range of manual features such as ISO, shutter speed, white balance and manual focus – giving you more creative control when taking photos.

In the following video you’ll learn how to use the basic features of the VSCO camera:

The VSCO camera is very easy to use, but what if you want more creative control over your photography?

In the next video you’ll learn how to use the advanced manual camera controls in the VSCO app:

Below is a recap of the camera features covered in these videos (or jump straight to the next section to learn how to edit your photos in VSCO).

2.1 Focus & Exposure

Focus and exposure can be used in two ways. Tapping the screen with one finger sets your focus and exposure at a single point (indicated by a red circle):

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To separate the focus and exposure points, tap the screen with two fingers. You’ll now see two circles on the screen – one for focus and one for exposure:

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You can drag these two circles to any position you want. Drag the focus point to the part of the scene that you want in sharp focus. Drag the exposure point to the area of the scene that you want correctly exposed.

If you double-tap the focus or exposure point, it will lock the value. If you then move the camera around to a different part of the scene, you’ll notice that the focus and/or exposure remains locked at your chosen value, no matter where you point the camera. To unlock focus and exposure, just move the red icons on the screen.

Keep in mind that when setting exposure you may not get perfect exposure throughout the entire scene. This is especially true for high contrast scenes such as landscapes where you might have a bright sky and a dark foreground.

With exposure you often have to make some kind of trade-off. Set exposure for the area that you consider to be the most important, and then you can always tweak exposure for the rest of the scene in post-processing.

To exit the separate focus and exposure mode, double-tap the screen or drag one red circle onto the other.

2.2 Shooting Menu

At the top left of the VSCO camera screen, tap the white dotted circle to open the shooting menu. A bar of icons will appear across the top of the screen. These icons allow you to change settings while you’re shooting:

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Let’s now take a look at each setting in the shooting menu, starting from the left.

2.3 Flash

The lighting bolt icon offers four different flash options. Keep tapping this Flash icon to toggle through the settings.

If the Flash icon is pale gray, the flash is switched off. The letter “A” next to the Flash icon indicates that Automatic Flash is selected, which means the flash will fire if there isn’t enough light in the scene:

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The Flash icon without a letter next to it means that the flash is set to On, and it will fire every time you take a photo.

The letter “T” next to the Flash icon means the flash is set to Torch. This gives you a continuous beam of light.

2.4 Gridlines

The second icon in the shooting menu is for Gridlines which are helpful for composing your shot. There are four gridline options to choose from. Keep tapping the Gridlines icon until you find the option that best suits your needs.

If the Gridlines icon is pale gray square with a cross through it, there will be no gridlines displayed on your screen.

The square grid icon as shown below is the 3×3 grid which displays the rule of thirds grid over your screen:

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The next option is the Square Grid. This is an interesting feature that lets you compose your photo for a square image (inside the square guidelines), but the camera actually takes the photo in the original rectangular format:

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Keep in mind that when you see the photo in your image library it will be rectangular, so you’ll have to crop it if you want it to be square.

Finally, the Gridlines icon offers a straightening tool which helps you get your photos perfectly level. It’s especially useful when shooting landscapes to ensure the horizon is level:

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Rotate your iPhone left or right and watch the leveling line rotate on the screen. When the middle line turns green you know your phone is perfectly level.

The two red lines tell you whether your phone is tilted forwards or backwards. To ensure your phone isn’t tilted, line up the red lines with the two white lines on either side of the screen. They’ll turn green when your phone is perfectly straight:

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Sometimes you need to tilt your phone to take the shot, such as when you’re looking up at a tall building. However, keep in mind that tilting your phone up or down will always cause perspective problems where the subject appears narrower at one end.

Later in this tutorial you’ll learn how to straighten your images and fix perspective problems in the VSCO editor. So don’t worry too much if you can’t get it perfect at the time of shooting.

2.5 Shutter Button

There are two ways of using the shutter button to take a photo. The first method is to press the lower gray bar with white dot to snap your picture. You don’t just have to tap the white dot – any gray part of the bar will do.

The second option is to make the entire screen your shutter button. To do this, tap the shutter button (solid circle) in the shooting menu at the top of the screen.

After enabling this setting you’ll see a red border around your viewfinder which indicates that the entire screen is now your shutter button:

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You can now tap anywhere on the screen to take a photo. This feature is especially useful in concerts, crowded places, and for shots that require an awkward or difficult position where you can’t easily reach the shutter at the bottom of the screen.

To switch off the full screen shutter, tap the shutter button icon in the shooting menu at the top of the screen.

2.6 White Balance Lock

In certain lighting situations you might notice that your photo has a slight color cast, ranging anywhere from orange to blue. This is due to different light sources having different color temperatures.

Color casts are particularly noticeable with artificial light sources, for example, incandescent light bulbs will give off a yellowish tone.

The camera’s automatic white balance (WB) setting will attempt to neutralize a color cast by cooling down or warming up the colors.

If you ever want to lock the current white balance setting so that it doesn’t change when you change the type of light you’re shooting in, you can tap the WB Lock icon in the shooting menu at the top of the screen:

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To be honest, this isn’t something that you’re likely to use in normal shooting situations. It’s more likely that you’ll want to manually adjust the white balance setting which we’ll look at in the next section.

2.7 Advanced Camera Settings

The ADV icon lets you access the advanced manual shooting options, primarily for adjusting exposure and color. When you tap ADV in the shooting menu, you’ll see a small sun icon appear at the bottom left of the screen:

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The sun icon lets you control overall exposure (brightness) of the image. Use the slider above the shutter button to reduce or increase the exposure. Tap Auto on the left of the slider to revert back to Auto Exposure:

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Tapping the sun icon at the bottom left displays a menu of more advanced shooting options. From left to right these are: Exposure (sun icon), White Balance (WB), Manual Focus (+ icon), ISO and Shutter Speed. Each option displays a slider for adjusting the values.

The White Balance slider lets you adjust the color temperature of your image. Slide right for warmer colors or left for cooler colors. Tapping Auto will revert back to Auto White Balance:

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The Manual Focus option lets you control the focus point using a slider rather than tapping on the screen. This is great for close-up shots when you want to fine-tune the focus to ensure it’s set on the exact spot you want.

The ISO setting makes the camera more sensitive to light. Increasing the ISO slider essentially means the camera will use a faster shutter speed in low light, helping you to avoid camera shake. However, keep in mind that increasing ISO often introduces noise (grain) into your photo.

The Shutter Speed setting lets you adjust the shutter speed. Using a faster shutter speed helps you avoid camera shake in low light due to the shorter exposure time, and will result in a darker photo. A slower shutter speed lets more light in, but can result in blurry photos if the camera is moved during the exposure.

2.8 Interface Color

The final option in the shooting menu at the top of the screen lets you choose the color of the camera interface. Tap the icon on the far right of the shooting menu to choose either a black or white camera background:

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2.9 Front Camera

To switch to the front camera to take a self-portrait, ensure the shooting menu is closed at the top of the screen (tap the dotted circle at the top left to hide the shooting menu icons). Now you can tap the Switch Camera icon at the top right of the screen:

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2.10 Preview Your Photos

After taking photos with the VSCO camera, the images will automatically appear in the Library section of the app where you can view, edit and share them.

To access the VSCO library, tap the image thumbnail at the bottom right of the camera screen. The library will appear and you’ll see the photos that you just took:

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When you’re in the image library section of VSCO, you can return to the camera by tapping the bottom right icon (circle in a white square).

2.11 Summary Of The VSCO Camera

Whether you want to take a quick shot or spend more time adjusting manual camera controls, the VSCO camera is great for both beginners and advanced iPhone photographers.

If you find that you’re limited with the iPhone’s native camera app, VSCO is the perfect replacement camera app for giving you that extra bit of control over focus, color and exposure.

With that said, VSCO is unlikely to completely replace the native camera app because it does lack certain features such as burst mode, self-timer, HDR and Live Photos. And unlike the native camera app, you can’t shoot video, time-lapse, slo-mo or panoramas.

However, when you want more manual control over the camera’s settings, VSCO is an excellent choice. Its minimal user interface makes it quick and easy to adjust focus, exposure, white balance, ISO and shutter speed.

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3. How To Edit Photos In VSCO

VSCO is one of most-used apps by top photographers for editing photos on the iPhone. Not only is it very easy to use, but the resulting images look amazing!

There are two different editing sections within the VSCO app: one for applying VSCO filters to your photos, and one for manual adjustment tools.

Filters (referred to as “Presets” in VSCO) are used to apply particular color and exposure adjustments to your photos with a single tap. They’re great for adding a certain mood or atmosphere to your images.

The VSCO presets have a wonderful film-like quality which tend to add a classy and timeless feel to your photos.

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In other editing apps, preset filters are often quite harsh and can easily ruin a photo but the VSCO filters are more subtle. They tend to enhance the natural beauty of your photos, rather than making drastic changes to the colors and tones.

In many cases you’ll probably want to use the manual adjustment tools to fine-tune your image in various ways, including exposure, color, sharpening, cropping and perspective.

Often, you might choose to use a combination of presets and manual adjustments to create the perfect edit.

In this video, you’ll discover how to edit your iPhone photos using both presets and manual adjustment tools:

As you’ve just seen in this video, you can choose to apply a quick preset filter to change the look and feel of your image, or you can go deeper with your editing by using the manual adjustment tools.

Below is a recap of the editing features covered in this video (or jump straight to the next section to learn how to share your photos on the VSCO Grid).

3.1 VSCO Presets/Filters

The VSCO presets are one-tap filters, but they’re also adjustable so you can easily reduce their strength to apply just the right amount of preset to your image.

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Tap on the preset you want to use, then tap the preset icon again. A slider will appear, allowing you to reduce the intensity of the filter.

The VSCO app comes with a basic set of free filters, but you can purchase more preset collections via the Shop option in the main menu, and some are even available for free download.

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3.2 VSCO Adjustment Tools

As well as the preset filters, VSCO has a comprehensive set of adjustment tools for fine-tuning your edits.

Because VSCO has a very simple and minimal interface, there are no captions for these editing tools – they’re simply depicted by an icon at the bottom of the screen:

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If you’re not sure what an icon means, just tap on it and the name of that tool will appear, along with the editing options for that tool. Below is a description of each adjustment tool, along with some picture examples:

3.3 Exposure

Adjusts the overall brightness of your image. Push the slider left to make your image darker or right to make it brighter.

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3.4 Contrast

Adjusts the amount of contrast between the bright and dark areas of the image. Increasing contrast makes the shadows darker and the highlights brighter. Reducing contrast creates a softer image with less difference between dark and light.

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3.5 Straighten

Allows you to straighten the horizontal lines in your photo using the slider. This tool is great for straightening horizons in landscape photos. The square icon to the right of the slider lets you rotate the image 90 degrees at a time.

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3.6 Horizontal Perspective

Skews your image to correct problems with horizontal perspective and alignment. Drag the slider left to stretch out the left side of the photo, or drag it right to stretch the right side of the image.

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3.7 Vertical Perspective

Skews your image to correct problems with vertical perspective and alignment. Drag the slider right to stretch out the top edge of the photo, or drag it left to stretch the bottom edge of the image.

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3.8 Crop

Allows you to crop away the edges of your photo using a range of aspect ratios, e.g. 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, etc. Drag the corners to adjust the cropping area – the corners will move according to the chosen ratio.

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3.9 Clarity

Enhances the detail in your photo by increasing contrast. Drag the slider to the right to make your image “pop.”

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3.10 Sharpen

Makes the detail in your photo appear sharper and more defined. Push the slider slowly and be careful not to over-sharpen. Too much sharpness can degrade the quality of the photo, making it appear slightly grainy.

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3.11 Saturation

Controls the vibrancy of the colors in your photo. Increase saturation to make the colors more vibrant, or decrease it to make them less vibrant.

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3.12 Highlights Save

Darkens the highlights to reveal more detail and color in the brighter areas of the image. This can be useful when you have an image with over-exposed areas that are too bright.

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3.13 Shadows Save

Brightens the shadows to bring out the details in the darker areas of your picture. Be careful not to over-do this effect because you’ll end up with a “flat” image that has little depth or contrast.

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3.14 Temperature

Lets you either warm up the temperature in your picture by giving it a yellow/orange tone, or cool down the colors by giving it a blue tone.

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3.15 Tint

Adds a green or magenta (purple) color tint to your photo. Move the slider to the left to add more green tones, or to the right to add more magenta. This can be useful for correcting strange color casts caused by certain artificial light sources, or just for creative effect to add different color tints to your image.

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3.16 Skin Tone

This tool is great for fine-tuning the skin tone color in portrait photos.

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3.17 Vignette

Subtly darkens the edges of your image. Vignettes can add drama to your photos, and help draw the viewer’s attention to the centre of the scene.

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3.18 Grain

Adds grain and imperfections to your photo. While grain isn’t usually a desirable feature in a photo, sometimes it helps to create a certain atmosphere in an image, making it look more like the picture was taken on a film camera.

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3.19 Fade

Washes out shadows and gives your photo a faded or vintage look.

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3.20 Shadows Tint

Adds different colored tints to the darker areas of your image. Tap the color again to adjust the intensity using the slider.

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3.21 Highlights Tint

Adds different colored tints to the brighter areas of your image. Tap the color again to adjust the intensity.

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3.22 Summary Of The VSCO Editing Tools

VSCO has an excellent selection of editing tools, from simple one-tap presets to manual adjustment controls.

The best way to get to know these tools is to set aside some time and just try using them on your photos. Notice what happens to your image when you push the dial from side to side.

The more you experiment with different photos and editing tools, the more you’ll understand how these tools work and how you can achieve the look you want.

Finally, remember that less is often more with photo editing. Try to keep your edits subtle so that you enhance the natural beauty of the photo, rather than overpowering it with strong effects.

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4. How To Share Photos On The VSCO Grid

The VSCO app has a dedicated photo sharing platform that allows you to showcase your best shots as well as discover new talent and photography.

In this video you’ll discover how to share your photos on the VSCO Grid and explore the photography of other VSCO users.

Here’s a quick recap of the photo sharing options covered in this video:

Remember that to upload your own photos to the VSCO Grid, you’ll need to register with VSCO. Go to the main menu of the app, then tap Sign In.

Follow the on-screen instructions to register with VSCO and create your own profile. Once you’ve registered, your username will appear at the top of the menu, along with your profile photo if you’ve added one.

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To add photos to your VSCO Grid, ensure you’re viewing your profile page, then tap the plus sign (+) at the top right and select Grid. You can now upload any photo to your VSCO grid.

To view photos shared by other VSCO users, access the main menu by swiping right, then tap Explore. Here you can discover new talents and photography by scrolling through the photo feed.

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5. VSCO App Conclusion

Without a doubt, VSCO (formerly called VSCO Cam)  is one of the best photo editing apps out there. If you’re looking for a photo editor app that creates subtle, beautiful and high quality edits, VSCO is the perfect solution.

It also has a great camera with lots of advanced manual features. So if you find yourself limited by the native camera app, use VSCO to take control of your creative shooting options.

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In addition to the camera and editing tools, it has the added bonus of a built-in photo sharing platform. While it’s not as popular as Instagram, it’s a great way to connect with other VSCO users and get your iPhone photos noticed.

So once you’ve shot and edited a set of iPhone photos that you’re proud of, take the plunge and share them with others on your own VSCO Grid. It’s a wonderful community and a great place to explore and discover new talent.

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  • Faye

    Thank you for this very detailed guide to the VSCO Cam. I have learned so much since discovering your website. It has really helped me choose which apps best suit my needs. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you Faye, I’m really happy my tutorials have helped you. I’ll release a few more app guides like this soon, so stay tuned for more!

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  • Marina Macchi

    Thanks a lot! Your videos are very useful. Good luck for your projects 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. That really means a lot to me.

  • Rex Parvin

    I just downloaded this app, and as a serious photography hobbyist, I find it very interesting indeed. However, my BIG question is can you zoom?? I can’t find a zoom capability.

    • There’s no zoom. Why would you use it anyway? The zoom on iPhone is digital, meaning that it just crops the photo before even taking it.

    • Rex Parvin

      Thanks for the response. I’m using an Android Galaxy S4. This app was just released for the Android. I know this site specifically refers to VSCO Cam on iPhone, but it was the first site I found when searching for help on using it. I assume the functionality is the same.
      I use the zoom function quite regularly in almost all my photography, including on my phone. I understand that it’s digital zoom only, but I find it very useful in composing my pics and do not find that it perceptibly lowers the picture quality. Thanks again.

  • looks interesting for photographers!

  • Active_Dentist

    Great Tutorial Emil! Thanks for introducing us to this amazing app. I like the White Balance lock option in shooting and the great edits the app has. Start exploring it more! 🙂

    • If you like the presets, also get the preset pack for $5.99. Those effects are just amazing.

  • roy g.

    The tutorial added greatly to my knowledge of using this app on an IPad mini on holiday. The only thing I found missing seemed to be a zoom facility…..any chance of an update here?

    • They don’t have zoom for a reason – the iPhone or iPad has only digital zoom, which is the equivalent of cropping before the photo is even taken. Stay away from zoom on mobile devices!

  • roy g.

    Ah yes….I noticed there was a zoom facility on the IPad camera but if this is only digital I agree it is pointless……thank you.

  • Destyne A.

    Your videos and advice are amazing ,thank you so much for this ! I’m only 14 but I love photography . I can’t thank you enough for your help ! Can’t wait to start❤️

  • Zemira A. Bianchi

    Thank you SO much – I was about to ask you if you had a tutorial for this. : )

  • Jabs Sarmiento

    I just recently downloaded the vscocam app and I’m really happy to have watched your videos. Big help for a newbie like me. Thanx a lot ☺☺:-)

    • Thanks Jabs, happy to hear that! Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Fe

    Thanks so much for sharing this info, it has been really helpful & takes out all the guesswork!

  • anna

    Hi, thanks for your tips. I have a question for you. I’m trying to get this high contrast glossy look similar to instagram Lux effect. Tried to get this result with vsco but still not happy. Can you help?

    • Just use the Instagram filter if you like that look 🙂

  • lalaithbr

    I have Vsco a long time, but I learned a lot with your tutorial. Now I can do so many new things! Thank you so much!

  • Ardys Zoellner

    Fantastic explanation of an excellent app. Have already used it based on your tutorial, and agree it is a very versatile app. Thank you!

  • Rog

    Look no further. Emil’s site is brilliant – I had no idea of the depth available in VSCO cam until I watched his tutorials. Everything is covered in detail, but easily understandable. Thanks Emil, keep up the good work.

  • Family Affairs

    Thank you SO much – really helpful for a beginner! Lx

  • Lena

    This was so so helpful – I had been lost with VSCO and was going to delete it, but now I’m thrilled!

  • Maria Coveou

    great tutorial Emil! And great site! I discovered you a few days ago and I am hooked. Have learnt so many new things already. Thanks!

  • maryu

    just what i was looking for. so helpful. thank you

  • Brian Morteo

    Wow! This page is amazing! Exactly what I was looking for, thank you so much!

  • Phalla Yuon

    Hi, I’m from Cambodia . I have my ID apple with Visa card, but when I go to buy on Store – it’s always load that ” there’s was an error ” I really want to buy .

  • leptirica

    I install this app, and this the picture how looks editor with effect, I know something is wrong, but I can’t figure out what doesn’t work. Can someone tell me how I can fix this? Thank you!

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  • sahar

    thanks for your vidoes but i don’nt know how to sign up?

    • Is it the email tips that you want to sign up for? If so, click the link at the bottom of this tutorial.

  • Great explanations and walk-through of VSCO Cam. The app certainly fails to shed light on all the features available!

    Cheers Emil!

  • Carlos Carvalho

    Why don’t you publish a kind of catalogue so we may have an easy way to see the different filtres?
    Only those letter and number codes are quite confusing………..at least for me………

  • ajdgzman

    Superb tutorial! Thank you!!

  • question

    Thank you for the article! Will I come to know if someone follows me on vsco?

  • vince siew

    vsco good at taking night pictures , i mean i go for bar sometimes and i wanted to share some great drinks online

  • hai

    i need help. i accidentally deleted my prom pictures from this vscocam app and i am an android user. is there a way that i can restore back the photos?

  • EMHenry

    Can subtitles or captions be added by any chance? The automatic captions do not make any sense.

  • Great tutorials! Looking forward to using VSCO more. Thank you!

  • Bailey Kennemer

    How can I move the pictures from my iphone 5 to my iphone 6

    • mabel


  • Gen

    How do I allow my photo to be fully put on Instagram using vsco cam without using whitagram or any other white border apps?

  • Arjun

    Hi Emil,

    Nice tutorial..I have not yet seen all the videos but I would like to request for a tutorial on Filterstorm Neue and Photoshop express to edit photos as well 🙂

    Also I wanted to ask to avoid camera shake, is it fine to use anti shake feature in camera+ all the time?


    • Arjun

      Also can you a comparison of camera+ and procamera8 to take photos on ios8 and iPhone 6 plus

  • McLovin

    Did you know, in malay, pakar means expert. Thats you.

  • Alex

    I’m 16 and love taking pictures thanks for this!

  • Mark

    Great tutorial Emil! Do all these techniques work on an Android phone also?

    • Je-ann

      Absolutely, Mark!

  • Frank

    Thanks for the explanation. Without it, the app had been useless to me. I just stumbled around.
    Best regards

    • So glad you found this tutorial helpful Frank 🙂

  • Zel

    Learnt a lot. Thanks

  • Sharron

    Thank you so much for your clear explanation of VSCO. It was daunting to me before watching your videos. You took the mystery out of it. I’m especially excited to learn about the shadow and highlight tints.

    • Really glad to hear you found this easy to follow Sharron. VSCO is such a great app!

  • Judy Bihary

    I was wanting to buy the SE3 preset but I’ve recently bought the app and can’t find it in the store. Could you please help me purchase it.

  • Michael Gradel

    Emil, it seems to me that this section needs to be rewritten for the latest version of this app!?!

  • Kate

    How do I delete a picture that I posted using the vsco cam app?

  • Livette

    I just found this page and I am super excited!!.. I have a question for you Emil, when do you recommend to use the iPhone camera vs the VSCO Cam?

    • Hi Livette. Glad to hear you’re enjoying our site! The iPhone’s native camera is great in most situations, and it’s the quickest option as you can swipe up to access it from the lock screen, meaning that you never miss a shot.But if you need a bit more manual control over camera settings then you might want to use VSCO Cam. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Rita

    I just deleted pictures from today and I wAnt to know if I can recover them

    • Hi Rita, did you delete them from your camera roll on your iPhone? If so they’ll be in your Recently Deleted album.

  • Rinie

    Hye i just downloaded the vsco app but seem like se3 free preset no more. Could you help me to find the preset?

  • Loiberto Verwiebe

    Thank you again Emil, you vídeos are excellent, going direct to the point!

    • Glad to hear you enjoyed these video tutorials 🙂

  • jtazan

    Do you know if you can edit videos in vscocam via phone?

  • ylli

    i dont have all of the filters and i have an android how do i get them all?

  • bella

    I can’t sign into my vsco account. I put in my email address which is right and the right password but then it makes me choose a new username. How do I get to my account?

  • Alyssa Claire Mallgrave

    These videos are so helpful – thanks so much!

    • Hi Alyssa. Glad to hear you’re finding them so useful 🙂

  • udiWertheimer

    Hmm… Emil, I tried downloading the images to work on them on my iPhone together with the tutorial, the links were sent to my email address, but clicking them gives a 404 not found error. Can you fix the links please?

    • Hi, we’re really sorry you had problems with the links – they are working again now if you’d like to try again. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • RD. ⚡

    How to get SE3 paid filter for free? Pls help me.

  • RD. ⚡

    How to get paid filters for free? Especially the SE3 filter. Help me.

    • Max_Taffey

      How about just pay for them?

  • Mary Jane

    Awesome tutorial! In fact VSCO should use your instructional over theirs because you made it so quick and easy to grasp. I’m really enjoying the quality of my pics in VSCO but until now, I was having trouble figuring be out certain functionalities. Now, I feel confident that all my pics will be fabulous! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Glad to hear you found this so useful Mary Jane! 🙂

  • Sarah Glasbergen

    I really mis the 3 row view! I used it to see how my instagram grid would look like. So I can tested it! Do you know where to get it in another app?

  • njinnji

    how do you delete photos from vsco but not from your iphone

  • Michelle Lozano

    I changed my cell phone and I have just download the app VSCO but I can’t see any of my pictures. How could I restore them?

  • Maren

    Can anyone that followed my account look at the pictures in my library? Or is it private?

    • Hi Maren. They will only be able to see the photos that you’ve uploaded to your VSCO Grid.

  • Phillip Burdine

    These tutorials are indispensable, thank you.

    • So glad to hear you find our tutorials useful Phillip 🙂

  • rjp913

    As always, great tutorial!

  • Kim Khoa Pham

    Thanks very much I have learnt so much, but now when I take the photo opposite the sun I cannot see the third rule to balance the image, how can I use the grid when taking images opposite the sun?

    • Hi Kim. Glad you found this tutorial helpful. Try shielding your iPhone’s screen with your hand or standing in a shady area to take your photo. You could also experiment with changing the brightness of your iPhone screen to see if that helps.

    • Wirralian

      Use a proper camera with a viewfinder.

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    • Laine Rudolfa

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  • Peter

    In the 2nd ‘Basic Camera Features’ video, Kate says to touch the screen to get your focus and exposure points, but in the current 2016 version, if you do that, it doesn’t come up and VSCO will just take a pic of what’s in front of you.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      You have to touch the screen with two fingers and then you’ll get separate focus and exposure points. Hope his helps, Peter! 🙂

  • venessa wong

    Hi,can i know how to get free all vsco cam filter?

  • Maggie Pascoe

    I love VSCO cam, but have a hard time managing my library. It currently takes up 8.4G! I try to delete as I go, but use it so often, I quickly get a back log. Is there a better way to handle this then manually deleteing one by one?

  • Dano Mano

    disappointed with the poor quality of photos exported to iPhone camera roll from VSCO.

  • Siddhi Udeshi

    Hey! Can you help me with downloading the Krotchet Kids preset. I can’t seem to find it. Thanks.

  • Nur

    Thanks Kate and Emil.This is a grest tutorial for newbie.Easily to understand.I hope you can make a tutorial based on every preset to make picture more interesting.Anyway, thanks for this great tutorial.

    • So glad to hear you found this tutorial helpful 🙂

  • Thanks for the amazing explanation of VSCO app. You covered everything in details. I get clear concept about SCO cam watching this tutorials. I have already used it and would agreed with that it’s a versatile app.

    • Glad to hear you found these tutorials so helpful Jamila 🙂

  • Can you zoom in vsco?

  • ECM

    Thank you Emil for fantastic tutoring! Is it possible to move or store photos between the Phone’s Photos app and VSCO? Or can you use a flash drive for storing also?

  • Kate

    is there ever a fee with this app?

  • Lynn Morrison

    I have a question: What if I just want to get my photo back to my “camera roll” rather than share it on the VSCO Grid?? I haven’t figured out how to do that!! Thanks!

  • Katherine Dunn

    Is there any way to apply a preset and manual adjustments to more than one photo?