Gone are the days of needing an expensive SLR or learning how to become a professional photographer. With the development of smart phone cameras, snapping and editing incredible images on the go is now a skill most of the modern world have down pat. But how do you take your game from amateur to professional? Instagram’s great, but its filters and editing devices fall short in comparison to most of the image editing apps out there. So are you ready to learn how to up your Insta game? Let the likes roll in…
If you haven’t heard of Snapseed, get to know. All the essential adjustments are there for improving colour and exposure, not to mention a great selection of effects and filters (think black and white, vintage filters, vignettes etc.). And the best news? It’s totally free from the App store.
If you’re up on your Instagram game you’ll most likely of heard of VSCO Cam and for good reason. A super popular app, the interface is clean and really easy to use so a good option for beginners. The filters available are subtle so your image doesn’t end up looking too overworked, instead leaving it with a mellow, timeless feel. Download for free at the App store.
Want to add a bit more drama to your photos? Try out Color Splash. The app converts your original image to black and white, then allows you to select a specific area to ‘paint’ colour back into, leaving a particular object the sole focus of the image. It’s a cheap download and a sure fire way to make your image stand out from the crowd.
Get lost for hours in the incredible array of effects and filters in Afterlight. Dramatically change your image in just a few finger swipes, testing out various textures and light contrasts that can turn your photo into a finely tuned work of art. The app will set you back a few pennies, but it’s most definitely worth it.
Turn your dowdy snaps into Monet worthy watercolour pieces of art with Brushstroke. Super simple to use, just pick an image to convert and Brushstroke will do the rest, creating a freshly painted image that you can then further customise with various brush styles, coloured paints and textured canvases. Want to fool your friends further? Print out the image, scrawl your signature in the corner et voila, an artist is born.
Want to bring your photoshop skills to the app world? Photoshop Touch is ready and waiting for you. One of the most powerful and advanced image editing apps around, this definitely isn’t one for the novice creative. The app uses many tools regular photoshop users will feel right at home with and is a great option for creating for the more advanced Instagrammer. Warning, it comes with a hefty price tag.
ModiFace Photo Editor
So we’re NOT advocating face and body retouching (Kimmy K-West take note) but this app is kind of addictive, especially if you’re partial to a selfie once in a while. Change your hair colour, remove blemishes, add colour contacts, slim down your face and body and enhance your favourite features in just a few easy steps because hey, doesn’t everyone deserve the Hollywood treatment once in a while?