*Updated: February 2017
If I had to pick only one form of social media, Instagram would win. I love being able to see what a my friends see and follow along with their adventures. Instagram is also a great way to keep track of your own trips. For example, I always use #TravelTromp so that I can easily look back on my travels. And since I don't always have my DSLR with me, I've done my best to figure out how to take the best pictures possible using my phone. These are the apps that I use to edit the photos before sharing them.
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7 Best Photo Editing Apps
VSCO is hands down my favorite photo editing application. Almost every photo that goes on my instagram, twitter, or facebook is edited with VSCO. I actually bought every single filter (I know) so that I could really figure out which one worked best for my photos. I now use the same filter and editing process on every single photo to create a more cohesive look for my instagram feed (VSCO makes it easy to copy the editing steps you took on a previous photo and copy to your new photo). The filter and editing process also compliments the process I use to edit my blog photos. Also, you can automatically sync your VSCO feed to your Photos app on your Mac. Overall, VSCO is a powerful app with a similar workflow.
Depending on the photo, sometimes my normal editing process doesn't quite work. If that is the case, then I typically edit the photo using A Color Story. Similar to VSCO, A Color Story has a lot of awesome filters (I love The Flashes of Delight filters). My favorite part of the app, however, is being able to adjust the the curves of the photo to make sure that the colors pop (settings –> adjust –> curves).
Afterlight was once my favorite photo editing app but not longer my go-to. When I do use it, I love to use the clarifying, brightness, and contrast tools. Afterlight also has some filters that you can use as well.
Snapseed is a really fun app that gives you a lot of control over the photo editing process. Similar to A Color Story, Snapseed lets you control the curves. One of the best parts of Snapseed is the Selective tool that allows you to selectively brighten parts of your photo. Snapseed is great if you want to have a lot of control over your editing process.
Lightroom actually has a lot of the same editing properties as Snapseed and A Color Story (i.e., adjusting curves). The added bonus is that you can sync it to your Lightroom account on your PC if that is how you edit photos (like I do).
My previous review talked about how I use this add to add a white border around photos. If you like having a border around photos then you can absolutely use Whitagram. It also has some cute stickers or text messages that you can add to your photo. Beyond that, it offers some pretty basic editing tools but is a good option if you're looking for free apps.
Probably the coolest app on this list. I can use the app to control of (take pictures / videos with) my GoPro. It also lets me browse through all of the photos stored on the memory card. If you have a GoPro, make sure you download Capture immediately!
The follow apps were either on my original list that was published in 2014 or are other cool apps that I use occasionally.
- Facetune – Does your photo have a lot of white space? You can use the Whiten tool to make the white even whiter so that the rest of you photo pops.
- Repost – Repost your favorite grammers' photos.
- Diptic – Need to make a collage? Diptic has got you covered.
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