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Monday, 31 August 2015

Top 5 Apps for Editing Photos

Being a photography graduate I'm really picky with photos. Max normally has to stand there and endure multiple takes until I'm just right. With the age of smartphones I normally take that out instead of my DSLR to catch moments on the go. We all know phone quality is never as good as what a DSLR can produce but there's some amazing apps I've discovered that can definitely make your photos Instagram worthy.


Afterlight:  This is probably my most used app. It's the easiest to navigate and has a whole host of extras such as frames and filters. I normally stick to the basic brightness and contrast on this app. I used to add a white border to the photo so that I could upload it portrait or landscape without cropping but Instagram have now changed that function is these alignments are allowed. 

A Beautiful Mess: This app is great for creating collages and adding lots of cute things to your photos. In the ABM app you can add anything from arrows to quotes and text. I do find it's hard to adjust the size of the text if you wanted it small but for something big and bold it's awesome. I always use this app to create collages for IG as it's quick and easy. 

Phonto: This app is for adding text to your photos. I prefer this to the ABM one as there is a bigger selection of free fonts to use. As with all the others it's really simple to use and user friendly.

VSCO Cam: This app is pretty nifty. It has an amazing selection of filters that you can adjust to your taste. Further to that you can sign up and share your photos with others that use the app. It's a bit like IG in the social aspect. 

Adobe Lightroom: This is a programme I use on my Macbook. I don't tend to use Photoshop much and prefer the ease and cataloguing aspect of Lightroom. This app allows me to add my phone photos to the collection I have already. You can edit on this app but it's quite basic and a bit tricky to work around. This is definitely more for the backing up side of things!


What apps do you love for photos on your phone? 
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13 comments

  1. Like you I always use my smartphone for pictures and have been looking for a good editing app. I've not heard of any of these so will have to try them out.

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  2. I use VSO and a beautiful mess, but most of the time I don;t edit my images before popping them on instagram

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  3. I love Afterlight - but I had never heard of Phonto, thank you! I'll be sure to check it out now!

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  4. There are a few I was unfamiliar with here so thank you for highlighting. I don't edit my photos before putting on Instagram - I only edit blog photos and for that I use Photoshop.

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  5. I've not used any of these, so I must check them out. Thanks Mich x

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  6. I love apps like this so much very into pictures and edits.

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  7. Thank you for sharing these, I don't use all of them. Keep meaning to get Lightroom now I have a Mac, heard great things about it :)

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  8. I never ever remember to edit before adding to IG.... Maybe I need to think about doing it though.

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  9. I never ever remember to edit before adding to IG.... Maybe I need to think about doing it though.

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  10. I rarely edit my pictures before posting them online although I sometimes use the instgram filters. I would like to try lightroom as i have a mac

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  11. I only knew of Adobe Lightroom, thank you for sharing this handy list.xx

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  12. What a great list of editing apps

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