Last time, I shared with you my love of smartphone add-on lenses. Today, we’re going to discuss photo editing apps.
Ok, so you’ve taken the picture, now what? Before you hit that share button, how about let’s pretty up your picture just a little bit. I’m going to share my favorite photo editing apps.
There are literally apps for almost every single thing you can think of, these days. I’ve seen some that have left me wondering where we went wrong as a society, but I digress.
Photo editing apps are as plentiful as gnats in the summer time, only less annoying! When you hear the saying, “You get what you pay for.” That’s not true when it comes to photo editing apps. Most of the apps I LOVE and use regularly were free. I promise you that I didn’t pay more than $2 for any app that I am going to share with you.
You’re not going to get professional quality photos with a smartphone.
It’s just not possible. However, if you understand that, and just want to get the most amazing photos possible with your smartphone, you’re in the right place. There are several general rules for photography, but for now, I’m going to believe that you know these rules. Perhaps I’ll write a post on that another day, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss that post!
As you may know, a camera does one thing. It captures light. It doesn’t matter if that camera is a $4000 digital SLR, or if it’s a camera integrated with your smartphone. It’s going to capture what it sees. It’s a camera, not a magic wand. We have apps for that.
Snapseed is my absolute FAVORITE photo editing app.
I run every photo I take through Snapseed (FREE on Android and Apple) before I do anything else. You can adjust everything from brightness to curves. There are several filters that you can use if you like that type of look. You can add text and crop. It’s available for both Android and Apple and is a FREE app. A lot of the time this is all that I use. However, there are times when I want a little something more, and it’s just not available within the Snapseed app.
PhotoDirector is another favorite photo editing app of mine.
PhotoDirector (FREE on Android and Apple) lets you edit, take a photo, make a collage and add all sorts of fun elements to your photo. When I want to add a little light to a photo taken with my smartphone, this is my go to app! It’s simple and I can decrease the opacity and make it look like that sunshine was there when I took the photo. I don’t use this feature all the time and (there are times that the sunlight was actually there and taken with my smartphone camera.) the goal is to make it look natural. Play around with the different features, you’ll eventually find what works for you.
Pro HDR Camera is an app with a different purpose.
If high dynamic range photos are what you’re looking for, you’re going to love this app. Pro HDR Camera (Available on Android 1.99 and Apple) is a favorite of mine, but not for that reason. You see… Pro HDR Camera takes three photos, there is a slight pause between the photos it takes and that pause? Well, it’s nothing short of magic. I use that pause to get action photos. It creates a sort of “ghosting” effect. See? Magic.
There are other apps that are pretty fantastic, however, these are the three that I use the most. Snapseed really has about everything I need, and it’s by far my absolute favorite photo editing app.