I don’t think it will come as any shocker to anyone that I am kinda-sorta obsessed with iphoneography + instagram. A few folks have even commented… “how do you get your instagram pictures to look like that?” and then they move on with their lovely lives or maybe even eat some food that they didn’t even photograph first. Crazy, I know. ;))
But that’s why I’m here. I wanted to share my very favorite photo editing apps with ya’ll. And a few runners-up too!
^^I of course had to use an iPhone photo for this — they really do take a pretty great shot!^^
It seems like there are more than 2 million different photo editing apps out there these days. It can be a little daunting to just pick just one, let alone differentiate between all the different filters and features once you actually install one of these babies. On a personal note, it feels like it’s taken me forever and a ton of trial and error to find my favorite apps. But now I have it all down!!! And it only takes me about a minute or two max to edit a photo.
And since I’m assuming some of you might actually be looking for a good photo editing app that will really help you polish your photos before posting them — I thought this would be the perfect PHOTO FRIDAY post! If you don’t use any of these already, here are the apps I recommend you download immediately…
VSCO Cam is my absolute FAVORITE!!!!!!! The user interface takes a little getting used to, for sure. But once you do, you’re golden. Tapping on an image thumbnail in the library view will display a row of icons across the bottom to deselect, flag, edit, export, or delete the image. Taping the edit button (the one that looks like a wrench and paintbrush), takes you into photo editing mode — where you can apply any one of VSCO Cam’s awesome one-tap filters. The (hello FREE!) app comes with ten filters that are all quite fantastic (in my opinion) so there’s no crazy reason you can’t process some excellent photos with these!
My favorite filters are M3, M5, F2, T1 (all for color)…and X1 for black and white (but turned down a few notches). Aside from the filters, there are a bevy of other editing options like exposure, temperature, contrast, saturation, etc. etc. etc. It’s really truly awesome.
Here are some example iPhone shots edited in VSCO Cam…
iPhone photo taken at Cape Santa Maria Resort in Long Island, Bahamas.
- Filter used: T1 (100% opacity)
- Saturation: +3
- Sharpen: +4
- Contrast: +4
iPhone photo of a baby manatee taken in Marathon, Florida Keys at the dinghy dock.
- Filter: M5 (opacity +9)
- Saturation: +4
- Sharpen: +3
iPhone photo taken…um I can’t remember…so let’s just say taken in gorgeous turquoise water. ;))
- Filter: M3 (opacity +8)
- Contrast: +1
- Saturation: +2
- Sharpen: +3
All time favorite iPhone photo taken (on an iPhone 3 for that matter) back in Naples on New Year’s Eve 2012. We didn’t even own a sailboat at the time. Little did we know how much awesomeness the next two years would have in store.
- Filter: F2 (100% opacity)
- Saturation: +6
Now for the runner-up apps…
Pic.Tap.Go! is my go-to app when I want a different crop ratio for my photos. It lets me sorta paste a non-square photo onto a white square background so that I can easily upload it to Instagram without having to crop my full photo into a square proportion. Did that even make sense?
Snapseed is amazing for selective adjustments. Like if I just want to enhance the color/brightness in one area of the photo, I am able to in Snapseed. Snapeeed was one of my favorites early on and every once in awhile I revert back to it.
Fhotoroom is the only mildly comparable photo editing app I’ve found for my new Windows phone. Oh, have I mentioned that my iPhone crapped out a few weeks back and I am stuck with a cheapy Nokia for another two months or so. Luckily, Jereme is packing a brand spanking new iPhone so I typically just grab his phone anytime I want to snap a quick photo for instagram. Anyhoo, Fotoroom is not nearly as amazing as any of ^^those other^^ apps, but it gets the job done. And bonus, it includes a similar feature to the one I love so much in PicTapGo that allows me to put my non-square photos on a square white background so that they are prepped and ready to upload in Instagram.
I hope you guys find this helpful and not totally boring! ;)) Most of these apps do take a little getting used to, but the difference you will see in your photos is oh so worth it!!!
Soooooooooo….what other “photo” questions do you have for me? Let’s hear em!!!!!
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