Taking photos for social media has changed so much in the past year or two. No longer is a poor-quality snap going to get your business noticed on the ‘gram. It’s time I shared a few of my favourite photo editing apps I use on the regular to keep my social media feeds looking pretty schmick!
Little Moments Apps by Fat Mum Slim
This app is probably my most used photo editing app to date. I bought it the week the amazing Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim launched it and have never looked back.
There’s so much to love about this app: the cute additional quotes and illustrations you can add to your pictures + the boarders and typography settings, but I mostly use it for the filters.
I love bright, clean shots in my feed so I usually stick with the first filter called Candy but of course this can vary from photo to photo.
The app is also linked directly to the #photoaday challenge Chantelle created so if you’re feeling up for a daily photo challenge you can play along with the daily prompts showing in the app!
I’ve been using Afterlight for about a year now and I originally downloaded it because it has the capability to create a portrait-style images to fit the Instagram-sized square. Of course this is no longer a problem now the Instagram team have tweaked their app to allow portrait-sized images (YAY) so I haven’t used this cropping tool in a while but this app still has lots to offer.
I love to use this app for tweaking after I’ve used the filters in the Little Moments App. I like the clarity feature and have only dabbled a little in the filters they offer but they are quite neat too. If you’re a framer and like to add some extra funk to your feed you can choose from some pretty cool frames for your pictures in Afterlight including rounding, a cross, triangle and hexagon shape.
A Color Story
This is a new app for me (although I’m sure there are some users out there rolling their eyes because they’ve been on this train for a long time!), but I love this app already!
This app, developed by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess, is similar to the Little Moments app and seems to combine all the features I love and want in an editing app. There are a lot of awesome things you can do with it including adjusting a photo’s curves which Photoshop users will love. (If you’re not familiar with this term don’t worry – adjusting the curves is another way of adjusting a photo’s tonal range).
The filters in this app are also awesome! In the Essentials collection of filters (available for free use) I love Pop and Everyday. Within A Colour Story you have the capability to download (at an additional cost) a whole swag of other filters and editing tools including light leaks and flares and bokeh which I love. The charges are only small and the extra filters offer some advice as to what they are best used for so before you pay to download you know what to expect from the get-go which I think is pretty cool!
Do you have any apps you’d add to this list? I love finding out about new ways to better my photog skills – share your tips in a comment below!