For those of you who don’t know, I’m kind of a photographer by nature. Not that I’m any good, but I’ve been known to take a LOT of photos. With the invention of smart phones, and their cameras, photo editing apps have become my absolute favorite apps. Right now I only have ten photo related apps on my phone, but there were times I have had many more. For blogging, all things social media, an eye catching photo is incredibly important. These apps can be a great way to get the job done.
1. Afterlight – This is my number one favorite photo editing app. It has everything you could possibly need. I almost NEVER post a photo to social media without it going through Afterlight first. You can edit the exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, saturation, etc. There are a CRAP ton of filters.. I counted 43, but the app store is telling me there are 59. (I don’t know who’s math is wrong.. Just kidding, it’s mine.) It includes things like texture overlays, light leaks, a pack called “instant film.” I told you – it has everything. Hands down, best app ever. It’s $0.99, and TOTALLY WORTH IT.
2. Over – In my opinion, this is the best app for adding text to photos. It is also $0.99, with packages available to purchase within the app. You can change the font size, (obviously, what app wouldn’t let you do that?) line width, spacing between the letters, rotate the text, and opacity of the text. My favorite feature is the drop shadow, making the text look less flat. They also have packages of cute little stickers and overlays you can purchase, but I’ve found them to be better on other apps. I strictly use this app for text.
3. A Color Story – This is a free app with purchases available inside. I went ahead and bought the bundle pack of all the filters for $8.99 and have found it to be an great investment. This app seems to have different types of filters from Afterlight. For some reason, they seem like more “blogging” type of filters. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it does in my head. The filters are mostly light and airy, really making colors pop in your photos. As like any photo editing app, you can adjust things like exposure, brightness, contrast and saturation.
4. Photofy – This is my most recent favorite app! (Also free) Of course, like the others, you can actually edit your photo. (Exposure, brightness, saturation, blah blah blah) But what’s fun about this one is it has TONS of these stickers and overlays. I find myself spending way too much time looking through all of them. There’s lots of categories and they have stickers for just about every occasion. I typed in “camping” and found this awesome quote to put over a photo from my latest camping trip. Then you can change the color, size, and add a drop shadow to it. (Drop shadows are my favorite!)
Let’s talk. Do you use any of these apps? I’d love to hear about your favorites!