Discovering new photo editing apps is akin to my love for discovering a new exfoliating toner. There is a huge array available, some good, some bad and some are just really damn difficult to use. So today I'm sharing with you 3 of my favourite photo editing apps and a look at how I use them.
I first discovered VSCO Cam around 3 years ago, when I really got into using Instagram and their filters just weren't cutting it anymore. Since then they've had a ton of updates and it's still by far my favourite app. I find it incredibly easy to use, it's so user-friendly that I've never met anybody who doesn't enjoy using it. A lot of apps are incredibly complicated to navigate around and I've not got the time for that. Not only is this an awesome editing programme. It's also its own social media platform where you can create your own VSCO grid. I personally don't really use it for social media purposes, but I think it's awesome that it has that integrated into it.
My editing process in VSCO Cam always follows the same steps without fail. I click on the little wrench and alter the exposure, sharpness, contrast and temperature and then move onto what filter I want. I always take down the intensity of the filter because otherwise they look a little too intense and unnatural. You can buy extra filter packs from the VSCO shop and I've downloaded the free packs as they've got some really awesome options in there.
VSCO is by my favourite app, I find it helps to keep the images at a really high quality. Sometimes if I'm feeling a little stuck with my editing process for blog pictures I will often run the image through this programme.
For a while, this was my go-to application because VSCO had an update that I didn't get on with and it took a while for them to sort out the glitches. I like to use Afterlight when I'm going for a more 'film' like effect with my images. There are a ton of filters available, but I find a lot of them to be a little overpowering. Aside from slightly over-zealous filters I can't fault Afterlight for its functionality, it's really easy to use and navigate around. It costs a mere 79p which I think is a small price to pay for an awesome app!
As you can see my process is very much similar to when I use VSCO Cam, I'm a creature of habit when it comes to editing. What I do really like about Afterlight is that you have more options to play around with the image by using tools like mirror and you can even sandwich images together to create a cool douple exposure.
The final result by using Afterlight has a little more of a faded effect which sometimes I really love in an image. Like I said I don't think it delivers as sharp results as VSCO Cam but you have a lot more options to play around with like frames, text and double exposures etc. It's an app that I always like to play around with and discover new things as it has so much to offer.
My awesome photographer friend Jen wrote a piece on A Little Opulent a while ago on Aviary and I downloaded it as soon as the feature landed in my inbox. I know when Jen writes about something it's bound to be good so I couldn't wait to try it out. I never hear people talking about this app and I think it's an undiscovered gem. You can do so much in terms of general photo editing and remove pesky blemishes if you so wished. It's not something I immediately go for when editing images for Instagram, but I want to use it more as I think it's great. It's super easy to use which I think is its main selling point as it doesn't offer to much in the filter department.
The filter choice is a little too much for me but by signing in using your Adobe ID you can download so many more. You can add frames and overlays to your image which cuts out using something like Squaready to add a white frame around your image. Out of all 3 apps I've showed you here today I still prefer using VSCO Cam. I think it's just a personal preference. An app that gets a lot of attention is Snapseed and I found that incredibly difficult to use and I wasn't too much of a fan of the end result to my image. It's a shame as overall it looked promising and so many people swear by it.