I’ve been asked this question a lot lately, so today I’m sharing my top photo editing apps! I have a confession to make… I take all my photos with my phone!! I WISH I had a fancy camera but #studentonabudget. 😉 I am definitely NOT a professional photographer so when people tell me they like my photos, I take it as a huge compliment. I use a Samsung Galaxy S6, but I’m a big believer that with a good phone camera and the right editing tools, you can make any photo look great!
Since I’ve started blogging I’ve experimented with a few editing styles, and I find myself gravitating towards natural, clean aesthetics. I also love me some pops of color. It’s easy to over edit (especially with all the apps out there) so it’s important to find the right ones that fit with your style.
However, before I share my favorite editing apps, let me just say that what you see on Instagram or other forms of social media is not always real life. I edit my photos to enhance them, not to change them into something they are not. It is easy to glamorize what we see on social media and hold ourselves to sometimes unrealistic expectations. For me, I use Instagram as another creative outlet and I strive to be as authentic as possible. No one by all means has to edit their photos, but if you are unhappy with the way your photos look and want to make tweaks, here are my go-to apps:
- Snapseed. I love Snapseed because it allows you to fine tune your images, from spot editing to fixing the details like saturation, exposure, etc. While a bit more complicated to figure out than say Instagram or other apps, it is definitely in my opinion one of the more professional ones. Once you figure it out, it’s actually quite simple to use.
- VSCO. I was so late to the VSCO game but once I got the hang of it, it quickly became one of my favorites. Like Snapseed it’s great for fine tuning, but it’s way easier to use. While you have to pay for some filters, they are definitely worth it! I also love how you can copy your edits from one photo to another. That way, if you want all your photos to have the same aesthetic, it’s super easy to transfer over edits. Plus you can see all your photos lined up in a grid, so it’s also very helpful as a feed planner.
- Meitu. While this app is mostly used for beauty shots, I use it to make tiny tweaks such as removing blemishes or whitening backgrounds. It’s easy to over edit and make yourself look unnatural, so I use this for small changes only. You don’t want a photo of yourself that doesn’t even look like you! 😉
- A Color Story. I love the filters here! They’re perfect for when you want a burst of color. Also, like VSCO you can save your filters as a template and transfer them to other photos.
- Touch Retouch. This is my go-to for removing unwanted objects. There’s nothing more annoying than taking a perfect shot, but there’s just one object that’s in the way. Touch Retouch does an excellent job removing objects and making it look natural. While you have to pay a small amount for it, in my opinion it is so worth it!
And there you have it! Are there any apps that you love? Let me know below!