Every blogger knows the dramatic difference a good photo can have on enhancing a blog post. A big, bright and clear photograph can encourage better engagement with your blog post, successfully convey your content and, of course, it looks great on various social media streams (hello Pinterest!).
There is such a huge range of photo editing apps available on both IOS and Android phones that there is something to suit all tastes.
Brilliant Photo Editing Apps
This is my everyday go-to app. I am the biggest fan of Afterlight, and having used this app from the very beginning (remember when it was called the rather more risque Afterglow?) I am pleased to say there is so much scope for photo editing.
If I’m Instagramming a photo I will crop the square shape in Afterlight first to make sure I get the positioning I prefer (Instagram chooses this for you and I don’t always want to use a centre crop).
To edit, I like to use ‘Clarify’ for food and still life images. And for portraits the filters ‘Captain’ and ‘Russ’ are super-flattering.
Download details for Afterlight here.
Oooh, VSCO has some sexy ol’ filters. If you want to add some drama and dreaminess to your photos getta’hold of this app. With an emphasis on simplicity in design I did find the tools a little confusing to get to grips with to start with. But the filters really are lovely to play around with.
VSCO also has a great community aspect with VSCO Grid to the app if you are particularly enthusiastic photographer.
Download details for VSCO here.
Phonto is a quick and easy way to add text to your images. There is a huge range of fonts to choose from plus options for tilting, resizing, colours, transparency, outlines and more.
If you want to boost Pinterest click-through add some descriptive text to your images. For example, the first image on this post was created in Phonto. It is mostly likely to be the ‘pinnable’ image from the post and includes a brief description about this blog post.
Download details for Phonto here.
From top US blog, A Beautiful Mess, the ABM app is a cute and quirky app with a number of features including filters, backgrounds, hand-drawn doodles, phrases and more. This app is great for adding fun to your images.
Download details for ABM here.
The PicFX app is great for layering filters, textures and bokeh effects, perfect for getting creative with lifestyle photography. I like the marshmallow, fern and valentine filters with the hearts bokeh.
Download details for PicFX here.
The first ever photo app I used on the iphone. This app predates instagram! It was one of the first times we got to add vintage style filters to photos and it soon became pretty darn addictive. Hipstamatic is still pretty sweet, and if you love analogue photography you will love this app.
There are a bunch of different films, lens and flashes to pick from. My fave is the dreampop flash for subtle but pretty rainbow effects on the image.
Download details for Hipstamatic here.
From the guys at Hipstamatic is Incredibooth, a super-sweet way to create a digital photobooth experience from your phone. It’s freaking genius! You simply open the app and take four photos in a row. So technically it’s not a photo editing app as such, but it was too darn awesome to not include. Plus, fun images for your blog!
Download details for Incredibooth here.
CameraBag and CameraBag 2
This was my second photo editing app for a long time. Camerabag has a limited preset of 15 retro filters. It is an easy to use app and creates really interesting images. I particularly like the Helga, Lolo, Instant and Mono filters. There is now an updated version called CameraBag2 which works in hi-fi resolution to create a smoother filter gradient. You can adjust the filter transparencies, work in layers and more. This is great if you enjoy bright, crisp images.
Download details for Camerabag here.
This app is a brilliant alternative to thank you cards. So ok, it’s not necessarily an editing app, but it is an awesome app for your smart phone that allows you to send images directly from your phone to be printed as a postcard and posted to someone rad.I’ve used this app to send thank you cards to people I’ve worked with in the past, and as cute little gestures of hello to loved ones.
Download details for Postagram here.
*Top tip* If you want to still use your fancy-pants DSLR camera you can still edit using the phone app. Just email the photo to yourself and open the image in the app.