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Anyway, despite having done a tutorial earlier this year about how I edit my photos on Instagram, I still get comments on my Instagram often asking how I edit my photos / what apps do I use, presumably from new followers or people who've stumbled upon my Instagram by chance. Thus, here I've compiled a list of my favorite photo-editing applications that are available both on the AppStore (for iPhone users) and PlayStore (for Android users) and also a short write-up / tutorial on my favorite features of each app.
1. VSCO Cam
"The standard of mobile-photography" – as quoted from VSCO's website. True enough, I really think VSCO took photography and photo-editing using our smartphones to a whole new level. I like that the design of this app is very sleek and minimal, and thus easy to use even for beginners.
It has the few basic image-control tools and features such as sharpen, crop, saturation level, temperature, brightness, contrast and more, and not forgetting the most important feature – filters (or what they call, presets). With almost a hundred or more unique filters / presets, I am often spoilt for choice when I edit my photos, but here are some of my favourites of the lot.
Almost all of my photos (say 99%) on Instagram are edited using VSCO Cam and here's a mini-tutorial on how I usually edit them. I like to preserve the 'original' color of the photo as much as possible while making them 'clean' and 'white'. My choice of preset also varies, depending on each photo.
If any photo-editing app can be crowned the 'mother' of photo-editing app, Snapseed's got to be the one. It amazes me how I can selectively adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of any tiny part of the photo. Other than that, I also like to 'whiten' my photos by adjusting the 'Ambiance' of the photo. The downside is that this app, no doubt seems easy, took me a bit longer than usual to figure how to use because of its layout.
Tip: Scroll up and down to switch between the features such as Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation and Warmth of the photo. Scroll left and right to adjust the values from -100 to +100.
And here's the before and after 'whitening' my photos using the 'Ambiance' function. Decrease the ambiance for whiter, cleaner and more polished photos.
Afterlight is probably the most costly app of the lot. Though the app costs about SGD$1.28, they offer tons of in-app purchases that I probably spent a few other dollars on. I hardly ever use Afterlight unless I'm decorating a nice group photo or am feeling fancy to explore with its filters and stuff. But seriously, the in-app purchases are pretty worth every penny (i.e. floral frames, instax film frames, light leaks). My favourite would have to be the Instax film frame and light leaks.
The most basic of all photo-editing on our smartphones has got to be collages even though it seems quite mundane. There are of course, tons of photo-collaging apps on both the AppStore and PlayStore, but my favorite is none other than Moldiv, simply because it has so many different types of frames to choose from and that there are minimal (annoying) ads whenever I use the app.
5. Color Effects
I find this app especially useful if my outfit photos were taken at a not-so-nice background, and making the background black and white actually makes it look better. Either way, this is another mundane yet tedious app to have but I actually use it once in a while to discolour backgrounds. Like I mentioned, it is time-consuming and tedious to ensure all the parts are discoloured or coloured at the right spots, so here's a very quick look at how the app works. Note: This app is titled 'Color FX' on Android PlayStore.
So here you have, 5 of my favorite photo-editing apps that are available on both the AppStore and PlayStore. I'm rather new to Android so I only have these few basic ones, but if you have any recommendations on great photo-editing apps for both iPhone and Android, do share them with me! You are welcome to leave a comment right under this entry if you have any feedback / suggestions for my blog, or simply just to say hello!