Get more out of VSCO with VSCO search

In VSCO, photos can have more in common than just their presets, and that’s where using the VSCO search function comes in. Within the photo-sharing platform, posts can be filtered using a search for a specific user or tag to help curate your own page with reposts or label your original work so that others may find it.

What is VSCO search?

Similarly to many other photo-sharing based social media platforms, VSCO search allows users to sort through posts by hashtags, users, and presets, which group photos together.

While VSCO search is essentially the same as searching for any photo on the web or within an app, knowing what you’re looking for and what keywords are necessary to find something are crucial to using it most efficiently.

VSCO search is yet another tool in the app’s long list to help curate better feeds for you, and to access the work of others in a more effective way.

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How do I use it?

In order to find what you’re looking for in VSCO search, you need to decide what you’re not looking for. Look through the tags on posts in your feed and identify what tags are used; this can help you determine what kinds of tags you might be interested in looking for. Basically, there are three ways to search in VSCO: to surface users, surface images, or surface Journals. Also, it’s worth noting that you can also easily search through VSCO via web if you don’t have your phone handy or want a larger screen. Via web and app, the magnifying glass icon in the upper left-hand corner will take you to search.

Here’s an example: If you’re looking to curate a feed in a specific color — say, yellow — use the #yellow tag in VSCO search to find posts that fit that specific aesthetic.

Or if you’re interested in finding the content of users you don’t follow yet, use VSCO search to look for them and land straight on their page, or use a term you’re interested in, hit the “user” tab, and see who is posting photos you like. You could search terms like “warm,” “soft,” or “dark.”

You can also look through the “Journals” by using VSCO search. VSCO “Journals” are essentially blog posts users can create, in addition to the regular postings by VSCO staff. These can include stories, tips for taking photos, or any other written composition you would like to accompany photos. Think of them as extended content.

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Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.