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favorite photo apps

Instagram is obvi where it’s at these days, but there’s so much more to it than the inherent filters and deciding where to focus and where to blur. I love creating an actual piece of art on just my iPhone. It’s always in my pocket and these apps make it so easy to take a simple moment and turn it into 


Afterlight // This is my most favorite app for editing photos. I love cropping photos to capture exactly what I envision. The filters help make certain aspects of the image more vivid or desaturated and I like that I can play with the opacity on any filter. Lately, I’ve been into adding subtle light effects to bring a little personality into the photo that my iPhone can’t capture on its own. If I had to recommend only one app for you to have, it would be Afterlight, hands down.


Picfx // This app is one of my favorites for filters. If I want the filter to make the photo feel a certain way–romantic, retro, lush–I can find a filter to do the job. The coolest feature of Picfx, for me anyway, are the light layers you can add to give some sparkle to your moment. 


Image Blender // I learned about Image Blender during the iPhoneography 101 workshop at TxSC led by Carli of Inked Fingers. If you want to be Instagram famous (don’t we all!?), Image Blender is a good place to start. I’m still learning this app, so my examples below are super amateur. Basically, you pick two photos, and then you blend them using opacity and masking. I have so much fun thinking of photo combinations and trying new techniques. 


A Beautiful Mess // No favorite photo app list would be complete without blogger favorite A Beautiful Mess. Want to put a cute phrase on a snap of you and your bestie? Or a cool graphic border around that landscape shot you took? The filters are simple and the doodles are special, which can help you bump your image up a notch without a ton of time.

What’s your favorite photo app on the market?
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