With the convenience of having a fairly decent camera on your smartphone, you can easily turn into a semi-professional photographer. The popularity of Instagram proves that sharing pictures is social, but you don’t want to share crappy snapshots with friends and followers. Here are three must have photo editing apps you need to improve your images:
The most obvious choice among dozens of apps in both the iOS Appstore as well the Google Play Store has to be Instagram. Since version 6.0 you have the options to edit an image’s brightness, contrast, saturation, and more.
Instagram’s own tools make it easier for you, because you essentially just need one app for editing and sharing your photos. Definitely a must have if you like sharing your images on another social network besides Facebook.
But if you have higher ambitions in creating subtle edits or perhaps something dramatic, then you should definitely check out VSCOcam. I tend to edit my images on VSCOcam before uploading them on Instagram or Facebook. With VSCO you have the ability to control your phone’s camera, apply a variety of filters (some are free, others you can purchase within the app), and have similar editing controls that you find in other apps. What makes VSCOcam better is that it has presets that you might use in Lightroom. It’s just convenient to shoot and edit great photos directly with your smartphone.
VSCOcam is easy to use and the large variety of filters makes this app a must have for creatives and professional photographers alike.
A brand new contender that tries to woo you with DIY-filters and curves, not only makes waves on the web, but also on my photos: Darkroom is quipped with more personalized editing tools, which allow you full control and creative freedom.
My personal favorite is the curves tool, which you can get as an in-app purchase for $2.99. The user interface needs improvement, but for an app that is only 6 days old it’s impressive what you can do with it.
All apps are available for free* for Android and iOS, the two major smartphone platforms. Have fun improving your shots, and let us know if you have other suggestions in the comments section!
*excluding in-app purchases in VSCOcam and Darkroom