When I first downloaded Instagram, I thought it was purely a photo editing app. I had no idea I was sharing photos for the world to see until one day when I noticed that I had “1 Follower”, who apparently was a guy in Barcelona. Shout-out to my first follower – Day 1 homies. But in reality, Instagram was this brand new thing and I really had no idea what I was doing. Fast forward three and a half years later and we’re still trying to figure out how to work this thing.
Since then, multiple photo editing apps have developed that aren’t intended to be social. In fact, the market is pretty saturated with these kinds of apps and it has become hard to know what to download and what to ignore. While I don’t have all the answers, or am even an expert myself, here is my take on a few of the more popular photography apps today:
I use this app when I want a more zoomed-out image to post, but don’t want that awkward black space a regular screenshot would give. This app is simple and easy to use – it will also transport images directly to other photo apps, including Camera+ and good ol’ fashion Instagram.
This app is a one-stop-shop for any and all edits you hope to use. From basic lighting and contrast edits to adding a more filtered or HDR look to the image, you can pretty much find it all on this one. One of my favorite features is the clarityPRO, which can be found under the “Lab” section. This app might be one of the more common ones among regular photography apps, but can take a while to figure out the ins and outs of how to use it.
This is an editing app owned by Google. It has some pretty cool editing features, one of which being “Ambiance”. This particular feature can brighten up and foreground when the background is lighter, or vice versa. It will take an iPhone picture and make it look more professional. I am not huge fan of the filters in this app, but it’s still worth checking out.
Afterlight is the Mecca of filters. Can’t seem to find an Instagram filter that suits your fancy? This app houses a high-range of options, anywhere from natural looking to artsy. It is simple to use and while I don’t seem to find myself going to this too often, it’s a great backup to have!
This is a complicated but awesome monster. I saw it featured in a magazine a few years ago and figured I would give it a try. Ever wonder how people make lighting effects like bright spots or purple clouds? This could potentially be the answer. It’s very fun to play with, but rarely will I post a picture with it used. Go play! But it’s easy to over do it on this one…
This confuses me. I’m pretty sure it’s a social media platform in itself. I downloaded and gave it a valiant effort several times, but I think it’s beyond me. Personal review – not worth the effort. But to the people who use it on the regular – mad respect. You have more patience than I.
There are SO many apps out there to achieve photography perfection. My suggestion would be to get really comfortable in using only a select few – that way, you can fill the space on your phone with the actual photo memories rather than the apps to edit them 🙂
What are your favorite photo apps to use? Share below!