Today’s smart phones have advanced cameras that can capture amazing images in a click. However we still need photo editing apps to help us create images that reflect our unique style and personality.
I’m using Iphone XR and photography apps are very essential to me. I use certain apps daily to capture and edit images. I created a list of my favorite 6 FREE photo editing apps with a brief description of each in case you aren’t sure which one to download.
Side note before we start: The sequence of the apps in this post is totally random. Also I believe that the below 6 apps are available for Android users as well and not only for the Iphoners. So let’s start:
Photographers and Adobe Photoshop are like fish and water and the photographers are the fish not the water. Adobe Photoshop Express is a very simplified version of the original Photoshop and yet powerful in editing images. Editing is quick and fun with PS Express and it gives many options to share edited images on social media. Some of the functions available are :
– Crop, straighten, rotate, and flip your photos.
– Auto-Fix: A one-touch adjustment for contrast, exposure, and white balance.
– Removal of dirt, blemishes, and dust from photos.
– RAW and TIFF support
– Slide controls to adjust levels of highlights, contrast, shadows. vibrance, etc.
– Filters: 45 different filters for 45 different looks.
– Image borders
In simple words, this app is all about computerized photography. It transforms your phone camera into a DSLR. You are able to control the camera aperture, flash, white balance, and many many more. Here are the main features as listed in the App store:
– Take photos with shallow depth of field, without manually painting or making selections.
– True 3D imaging.
– Simulate large apertures to create real bokeh effects normally only possible with DSLR cameras and expensive lenses.
– Import existing portrait photos and customize the bokeh effect.
– Re-focus portrait photos that have already been taken, with a simple tap.
– Choose from various simulated aperture diaphragms to generate different bokeh spot effects.
– Professional options to simulate lens characteristics, such as creamy, bilinear, swirly, and reflex effects, and more.
– Visualize the depth of areas within your portrait photos in a 3D view, and intuitively add depth filters.
– Add multiple lights in a 3D space, and adjust the color, brightness and so on for each light.
– Check the portrait picture in the real world with augmented reality technique.
– It is possible to patch the depth map precisely on iPad with Apple Pencil.
– Intuitive and easy to use, with built-in video tutorials.
– An essential tool for iPad Pro, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
It is a super cool app and I highly recommend it.
If you have never used Snapseed for your imaging editing then you are missing a lot. Snapseed is one of my favorite applications and I use it daily. You can edit, create, and share your images using its easy to use and creative design. Some of its functions are:
– By taping on Auto Correct, images can be automatically adjusted.
– Selective Adjust can help you edit or enhance a specific part or area of your image.
– Create interesting images using many available effects – it even has tilt-shift effect.
– Image frames and borders
– Share your images from Snapseed app to your email, Google+, and other social media platforms.
The work that usually requires multiple apps can be down now on one single app and that is Darkroom. I like its design and look, ease of use, and functions available. However, the functions in the free version are very limited in compare to the paid one. Below are some of the main features:
– Library Sync
– RAW and Large image support
– Depth Editing & Depth-Aware Filters. Edit the foreground and background of Portrait-mode photos separately.
– Hashtag Manager & Siri Shortcuts
– Create your own filters
– Batch Processing
Yes, I didn’t make a typing mistake, Instagram is one of the best photo editing apps. I don’t think I have anything new to add in regards to Instagram, but it is an app where you can use to capture images, edit them, and share them. Check out my portfolio on Instagram by clicking here
Who doesn’t know Vsco? You can capture photos and movies from the app or simply import them from the camera roll, use one of many interesting filters with your photos or videos, then export it back to your camera roll or share it on the social media.
So these are the apps that I use and I find them very useful in my work. I hope this post will help you decide on which apps to download and use. Please feel free to share your favorite apps or if you have any comments or feedback on the post in the comments section below.