Editing Images with Mobile Apps
I’ve always been in love with photography apps! They’re pretty cool and can save you tons of time depending on what you’ll be using them for. Professionally, I do 98% of my work on camera. I rather get my work right, while I’m shooting, than to spend countless hours trying to fix something that quite honestly, will only end up being a ‘close enough’ result compared to an excellent result when you do the work on camera. Personally, I use mobile apps to enhance the photos I take from my phone. Most of the times these are photos taken of me, at night, or photos I take viewing through my car window. I edit them to match my brand, and to maintain the overall aesthetic that I love. For this reason, I only rely on presets for my B&W images. I rather control my image to match my style.
Free Photography Apps
I’ve been using Snapseed since its release for iPads in 2011, and subsequently used it on iPhone years after. It is a GREAT photography editing app and I really love the freedom it gives me to control many aspects of my images. Although the app has plenty of filters, the part I use is the tool panel. From this panel you are able to access many controls to manage the look of your image. You can tune the image, correct white balance, use brush and spot healing, and much more. The changes can be applied to your original image or you can save a copy with the changes.
I love black & white images! I found out about this app just a couple of months ago, but It’s good enough to make my list. Although Carbon has more than just the B&W Filters, I used this app solely for my black & white edits. My favorite thing about this app is the hashtag feature. It has a variety of hashtag sets ordered by category which you can copy to the clipboard, and then paste on your social media post. It really helps when you’re having a bad day and can’t seem to come up with your perfect hashtag strategy. The free version includes 5 B&W presets but you can purchase the full features of the app for $3.99 and this gives you 56 premier B&W Presets.
Saving the best for last. VSCO is my top photography app, my favorite, and the one I use the most. I love it because it loads fast, it’s user-friendly, and I can create presets (called recipes on the app), which saves me time and lets me edit an image in less than 1 minute. Yes! Another feature that I love about the VSCO app is that you can adjust the order of your tool panel to match your preferences. With VSCO, I am able to edit the images in a style that matches my brand without having to tone them individually every single time. Since I don’t use any of the filters that come on the app, I have been using the free version for the last five years. But you can purchase the full version for $19.99/yr and this gives you 130+ presets, and 10 recipes.
Did I mention your favorite app for photography? If not, comment below and tell me your favorite photo app! I would love to explore new ones 📷
Yanitza Ninett is a Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based in Orlando, serving the Central Florida area, St. Augustine and Georgia. Her blog, Pieces of Me, features most of her work, along with photography tips, lifestyle sessions, personal experiences and travels. Yanitza Ninett documents Engagement Sessions, Beach Weddings, Seniors, Family Sessions & Boudoir. The YN Experience characterizes by giving an unforgettable photography experience along with professionalism and dedication. We are about telling stories...your story! Contact us for more info!