As a mum of an albeit crazy, but super cute tiny human, I spend a lot of my time taking iPhone snaps of him throughout the day. However being a photographer, I am often less than satisfied by the overall look of the image. Therefore, after many years of searching and doing the right research and quality control, I am now willing and able to share my favourite apps to edit and share your images.
So I’ll start with Aviary. This is a fantastic little app that allows you to do all sorts of editing magic. It’s part of the Adobe family and so you know you have some good software on your hands when you download this. You can add filters, crop images, add frames, stickers and all sorts of other awesome little tricks. I primarily use it for adjusting some of the light/ colour settings on my images and then I add one of the many filters they offer.
So I’ll show you an example of what I mean here:
These are very basic changes but you can already see the difference that a few subtle changes makes. The ‘After’ image is much brighter and sharper, and way more appealing to the eye.
Next up is Facetune. This smart little app is for using primarily on faces. It can smooth out lines, sharpen facial details (like eyes) and blur out the background to create a false depth of field within the image. Its super simple to use and is a fun little app to play with. Here’s an example of what it can do:
You can be as subtle or as bold as you want to be with this app, but I find that if you’re wanting to maintain the quality of your image that the subtle changes have more of an impact.
Another great app is LensLight. This is a great little trick to use when you’re taking photos but want to add an extra dimension to your image. You can add different light effects at the click of a button, whether that be a sun-flare or some whimsical bokeh effect. Let me show you what I mean:
Obviously certain effects are more suited to outdoor photographs, but for the purpose of showing you the effects you can create I’m just using this same image.
Next up is Lightroom CC. Now as far as I’m aware, this is an app that you get alongside a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. I use this software for my photography work and therefore have found the app to be super useful for iPhone photography. However, if you have access to it then you will most likely love it as much as me. Its basically a smaller version of the desktop program, and although you aren’t able to use all of the same features it does offer a lot of very good ones. As well as this, unlike most other editing software, when you edit an image in Lightroom it doesn’t decrease the image quality at all. Another big plus! So here’s an example of what you can do in this app:
SquareFit funnily enough does exactly what it says on the tin… It turns your rectangular photographs into squares fit for the Gram! No need to show you that i suspect.
Layout is similar in that it creates square shaped images, but you can collate them together to form your very own collage.
Phonto is a brilliant little app that lets you overlay your images with an array of different text with an abundance of fonts available to play with. It’s how I put the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ on each of the images above.
Canva is similar to Phonto in that you can add text to your images, but it also gives you the tools and free stock images to create your own IG Stories, Facebook Banners, Twitter posts, IG posts and even the likes of advertising flyers, invitations and such. I’ll put an example of what you can do below:
As you can see, it’s pretty impressive for an app and it honestly takes mere moments to create something like this.
Finally, there’s Mosaico which is less of an Editing tool and more of an organisational tool. It’s essentially a mirror image of your Instagram feed, but gives you the flexibility of uploading your images and playing about with the layout and whether it fits with your theme before you actually post it to IG. You can also fill in your caption before posting it directly from the app, meaning you can arrange your uploads days, even weeks in advance. This has been invaluable for me recently as it’s meant I’ve been able to keep up with posting on IG even when I’ve been really busy. It’s definitely my favourite app of the moment.
So there you have it my lovelies. I hope you find this helpful and you’re able to kick your images up a notch with some of the amazing apps I’ve shared with you. Please feel free to let me know of any apps you love in the comments below and if there’s anything more you want to know about these apps that I haven’t touched on then by all means just ask away.