Believe it or not, I’ve somehow managed to survive the past year on Instagram by merely taking photos on my iPhone. While digital cameras are great, if you’re not ready to shell out the money for one, camera phones can really take a good photo if used properly! Snap a good photo with lots of natural light, fine tune it with a really great photo editing app, and you’ve got yourself an insta-worthy photo. Below is a list of five of my favorite photo editing apps, when to use them, and why I love them.
- Snapseed – Snapseed is definitely up there when it comes to one of the best photo editing apps. Not only is it free, but it’s incredibly easy to use and caters to all of your basic photo processing techniques. You can adjust exposure, color, sharpen and straighten, and contains advanced editing features like selective adjustments. You can also selectively choose to brighten an area of your photo that is too dark, or select specific areas to adjust contrast & saturation. If you only download just one of these apps, I highly suggest this one!
- VSCO - VSCO is an incredible app that has a ton of awesome filter options. The free version only gives you a limited number of filter options, but go to their app store, and there are a ton of extra filters to choose from. I highly suggest testing out a few different sets until you find one that fits your style – I promise it’ll be worth the money!
- Adobe Photoshop Express – There are a lot of basic features in the free version of this app that’s really useful. You can crop, rotate, resize photos, in addition to the standard editing options light brightness, saturation, and contrast. I love using this tool for the “blemish” correction tool that works really well if used properly.
Over - Want to include quotes or words into your photo, but aren’t skilled with Photoshop? Over is the perfect app for that. You can add text to your photos in seconds, use a variety of styles and fonts, and publish it to your Instagram right away. Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s free?!
Instagram - So obviously using the tools in the Instagram app is a no-brainer. Typically I’ll dial up the brightness brightness or use the contrast tools to give my photo that final finishing touch.
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