We're alive during the age of Instagram, the picture sharing app has seriously changed the media landscape. People can now be 'Instagram famous' and base entire careers off of carefully posed and edited pictures, whether they like it or not.
A well thought out and edited photo can boost your likes and engagement up to 45 percent, that's quite a lot!
Instagram used to only allow you to slap on a filter and be done with it, but have since updated with much more editing features that allow you to change the filter intensity, brightness/exposure, saturation, etcetera. But if that still isn't enough for you and you want to know something about other apps available, then keep reading for some of my favourites.
If you don't mind spending a bit of money on a great app, then the one app you should get is 'Facetune'. It's around €5 or $4 in the App Store and it has, by far, my favourite features of all the editing apps. From smoothing skin to making eyes pop, this app can do it all. But I really like it because of the 'whiten' feature. If you're wondering how your favourite crisp white Instagram feeds get their pictures that bright, this is probably it.
Another one that's really good is VSCO, this used to be used a lot to plan an Instagram feed. (So you could see how the images look together rather than just uploading random pictures. But since their makeover this feature has pretty much disappeared. But it still offers aesthetically pleasing filters that you can edit to your liking. The app also allows you to copy your edits so you can paste them onto another picture, which makes it easier to create a uniform look in your feed or series of pictures. (Snapseed is equally as good and
I'm a big fan of the 'from where I stand'-shots. But I can't tell you how many times I want to take a picture of some pretty flooring and my shoes when I see some unsightly grime on the floor below me. With the retouch app you can easily highlight the parts of the picture you want gone and it fills it in with the right surrounding colours. If you keep these highlighted areas small no one will be able to tell what it was before. Not even with Instagram's new zoom feature!
I've mentioned this one before in my 'Mastering The Instagram Flatlay'-post, but my handy little helper for those perfect 'from above' shots is Foodie. Besides the handy level helper it also has gorgeous filters catered to certain types of food. And what is Instagram without pictures of food, right?
These apps are my favourite and without them my Instagram game would be a lot worse. Now if only there was an app that made it easy to post interesting content every day..
What are your favourite photo editing apps?