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?