Grabbing our smartphones to snap a quick photo has become the norm in today’s society. Even top photographers find their iPhones and Androids to be extensions of themselves. Although our smartphone’s camera doesn’t match up to DSLR caliber, we can still achieve excellent quality by simply applying some photography techniques we use regularly while on the job, and of course, a little bit of editing to top it off. Next time you take a portrait of someone with your smart phone, take a step back to compose the shot, and throw it into one of these editing apps before posting it up on Facebook or Instagram.
Snapseed – (Free) Android, iOS
Snapseed is one of my go-to iPhone editing apps. It provides such a great deal of control over your photos and holds many advanced features including: selective adjustment, details and sharpening, HDR, vignette, blur, tilt-shift, etc.
Facetune – ($3.99) Android, iOS
If you like to take a lot of portraits and need to touch-up some blemishes, perhaps emphasize the eyes, or smooth the skin a bit, Facetune offers those features and more.
Afterlight – ($0.99) Android, iOS
Dive into the world of filters. Afterlight offers 59 of them, plus 66 textures, cropping and transforming tools and 15 uniquely made adjustment tools. One of the great things about the filters is that you can combine them, and adjust their intensity as well.
Picfx – ($1.99) iOS
Are you a fan of actions and presets when editing on the computer? Then you’ll definitely enjoy editing with Picfx. You can apply over 100 effects, and all the effects are grouped into sets– which makes them easily identifiable. A great plus is that you can adjust the opacity, and layer them up.
VSCO Cam – (Free) Android, iOS
You want sleek and stunning, that’s exactly what VSCO offers you with their incredible presets. They’re always updating their preset packs, so you will always have a nice variety to choose from. Apart from presets, they have efficient editing tools and a free photo publishing platform called the VSCO Grid.
If you want to get more of an idea on the results you can achieve, you can go follow me on Instagram here (@spreadthabird)– I post a great deal of my mobile, as well as some DSLR photography. An extra tip I’ll give you, is that you can also edit the picture through various of these apps combined. For example: drop your photo into Snapseed, once you’re done there, save it, then open the newly edited image up in Afterlight or Picfx.
What editing apps do you use? Leave it in the comments section below.