It's no secret I'm photography obsessed. While most of the time I have my Canon camera strapped firmly around my neck, I also love being able to use my iPhone during those moments that I don't have my SLR camera with me. And let's be honest, it's a lot less inconspicuous taking photographs of your coffee with your smartphone than it is using a big heavy camera!
Even as a professional photographer, I still love using editing apps to snap photographs and it means I can quickly edit ten photographs in less than ten minutes. During a busy work day, I'm also uploading my photographs to social media (instagram, facebook etc), and I need a quick way to resize, crop, and ensure my photographs look top notch when posting onto the web.
If you're using your smartphone for happy snaps, or using it more seriously to share your photography, you're going to need at least five photo editing apps to really make your photos stand out! Here are my TOP 5 favourite editing apps that I use daily, before I begin sharing my photography on social media.
A Color Story
A Color Story is a breath of fresh air, with it's clean and simplistic colouring, how can you not fall in-love with this app?! A Color Story has quickly replaced most of my old editing apps, even VSCO, because of how much I love the features it offers. If you've ever had the frustration of using your smartphone and not quite getting the "perfect light" in your photographs - fear not - this app will take care of it for you. In the 'tools' section of the app, you can actually adjust the curves (just as you would in Photoshop), adjust exposure, shadows, highlights, clarity, and many more amazing functions. Oh, and not to mention over 100+ filters to keep you occupied and inspired. And did I mention it's absolutely FREE?! Go get it now!
Darkroom is my go-to app to use. It's somewhat similar to the VSCO "look", but it has even more impressive features, such as curve adjustments (just as you would edit in Photoshop on a desktop). It allows me to have more control over the shadows, highlights, and mid-tones of my photograph, incase of low lighting situations such as in cafes or late evenings. It also offers usual editing features, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, but for me personally, I'm obsessed with using the Darkroom filters. This is where I can really find colour inspiration. The retro filters, moody-portrait tones. Once you begin editing using Darkroom, I promise you will get addicted!
Afterlight offers straight-forward and quick editing for those who are in a rush and need to upload and go! There's also incredible additional features such as 74 Filters, in which I use 18 of the "Seasonal Filters" for many of my forest themed photographs or anywhere outdoors. I love that it has a light-leak feature, which means you can even add scratchy-film filters to your photographs for a film effect. I love it's simple design, which is a breeze to use.
Litely is by far one of the best editing apps, if you're looking for fresh filters and film-inspired tones to your photographs. Litely was created by photographer Cole Rise, who is also responsible for creating some of the amazing filters (such as Amaro, Rise, etc) on Instagram. There are a total of 66 beautiful presets to experiment with, all of which can make even the dullest photo look incredible. There's also the standard toolkit, such as cropping, exposure, saturation, sharpening, which makes editing very quick and easy. Litely has some similarities to VSCO with it's subtle tones, but without the social networking platform. I love that it's purely for editing and filtering your photographs, and even better - it's totally free.
A Beautiful Mess
Calling all bloggers and photographers! Here is one gorgeous little app you MUST grab your hands on. And for a tiny fee it is SO worth downloading. Brilliantly designed by bloggers, it incorporates all your blogging, instagram, and scrapbooking needs. As well as a large range of pretty filters to style your photography. When you open the app, there are two options; one to edit a singular photo, and the other to create a collage. When clicking "Solo", it will open your photographs on the bottom of the screen so you can get started straight away. After choosing your photo, make sure you click the tick, to carry on editing (to filters, etc). Personally I love it's writing feature, for those that have exciting announcements or just want to add some sweet text to your photo. It also has some adorable pre-made quotes such as "The best is yet to come", and other inspiring phases to kick start your day!
Here's a cheeky example of what I created using their "Poppy" filter, as well as a pre-made quote and sticker. And for the days that I put on my professional photographer hat on, there are plenty of gorgeous filters and editing tools to use before you upload your photos to social media or websites!
What are some of your favourite photo editing apps?
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