Many of my readers have been asking about my favorite photo apps for iPhone, and I thought it would be a good idea to put them together in a post. To me, some of these guys below aren't really made for photo editing, but they are my go-to apps when I want to experiment with something a bit different such as lomography. For my portfolio, I always make an effort to produce a consistent style, but when it comes to photographing with my phone, I like to explore new options and create fun effect. Some nights, all I do is browsing App Store for new photo apps and having some fun getting to know what they can do. (Seriously, these stuff are addicting!)
These guys are my current picks:
1. VSCO Cam
I'm sure you have figured out by now that I am a VSCO-addict. I'm pretty much obsessed with VSCO (Visual Supply Co.) and I adore this company so much. VSCO Cam is no doubt my top favorite photo app, and I use it more than anything else. I bought every filter they put out; that's how much I'm obsessed with this app!! Though I don't use all the filters, some of my favorite are A6, SE3, HB1, Q5, and M5. It depends on each photos but I surely use the mentioned 5 over and over again. With VSCO, you have great control over your photos, using tools such as Shadows Save, Highlights Save, Skin Tone, etc.
Don't miss out on this goodie!! It is free and it comes with some basic filters as well!
|photo: Adam Kuban|
I'm sure many of you have already heard of this guy. Hipstamatic lets you take retro-look photos with your phone; you can change different virtual lenses and films to obtain a certain effect. The app also has a fun, analog interface and is capable of shooting with flash (though I haven't found it much useful). By clicking on the lens, you can view the combination of lens + films that other people have used, which is always quite an inspiration. This app is simple and easy to use, and it'll certainly add much colors to your daily life.
Want to explore more? Photojojo created a fantastic ultimate Hipstamatic guide here.
3. Pudding Camera
This guy is a little less popular compared to the rest. I discovered this app in 2012 and loved it so much. Andigraf is a multishot toy camera app that lets you take motion photos (4 - 9 photos continuously) with various effect. Using 6 different layouts, this app helps to create your story in just one shot. "It's just like Andy Warhol's pattern-repeating pop art or the multilens Lomo camera."
You can also easily adjust the time lapse between each photo, from 0.01 second to 1 second and even set it to manual mode.
Though I've been using Instagram as a platform to share pieces of my life rather than a photo app, I do think it's a great tool to create good images. The difference between Instagram and the above apps is that you can only take photos in square, but that can't be a drawback! With 23 filters and all the essential tools, Instagram offers a wide range of options when it comes to photo editing. Apart from popular tools such as crop, sharpen, saturation, Instagram has tilt shift, which people have used to create miniature world.
I can't recall why I don't use Snapseed as much as I used to. This app, made by Google, is loved by many well-known bloggers and photographers, and you'll see why. With powerful features, Snapseed is great either for basic image enhancements or creative editing. It offers more precise control over edits and allows you to apply filters to certain parts of the image using the app's brush tool. This helps us to make something stand out a bit easier. Also, you can save time from repeating the same workflow over and over again by copying edits over from one image to another (VSCO Cam also has this feature). Personally I think this app works best for landscape and travel photos!
I have to say, editing on the phone has always involved way too many different apps so don't limit yourself in any way.
If you have something else that you think I should try out, let me know in the comment!