My 5 Favorite Photo Editing Apps
I am by no means a serious photographer, nor am I a pro at editing photos. But, I do like to take pics with my friends and post shots on Instagram that look nice but also natural (i.e. I’m not a fan over-doing it with the filters). Obviously the number one tip before editing is to have a good photo to start with, which usually beings with having a good camera and good lighting. But if you want to touch-up or edit a photo a bit, or just play around and jazz things up a bit, these are my 5 favorite apps to use:
Retouch I hate when I take a photo and then there is some weird object in it, or someone’s hand in the background or trash or something. Well, with the Retouch app you can easily highlight any unwanted person, object or thing and erase it from your photo. Super easy and definitely useful.
VSCO This is like the holy grail app for editing and adding filters (the free version does come with a great selection, but if you really want to diversify your options you’re gonna want the paid version). If I’m going to add a filter, I usually opt for HB1, HB2, S2 or M6, but most of the time I just use this to increase the exposure a bit and sharpen the photo. You can also edit and add filters to videos with this app which is fun, too.
Color Effects This app lets you get pretty creative and produce more stylized photos by removing colors or changing them entirely. I’ve only used this a handful of times, but it’s definitely really easy to use and the results are interesting and pretty dramatic.
Storyluxe I’m obsessed with this app and use it all the time for Instastories and even for designing easy thumbnails for my blog. Basically it’s just a curated selection of frames, which are really well-designed and add interest to any single photo or group of photos.
HUJI This is an easy way to add a cool, retro filter to any photo you take. It’s a camera app as opposed to an editing app so you cannot add the filter or effects to a photo you’ve already take. Instead, you just take a pic through the app and it automatically adds a retro filter, plus you have the option of adding a date stamp and/or random light effects. It’s also kind of fun because you have very little control and it’s a surprise when you see how the photo comes out.
What are your favorite photo and photo editing apps?