Best Photo Editing Apps For Blogging And Social Media
How To Edit Photos Quickly On Your iPhone Using Free and Paid Apps
Today, I am going to take you through the various apps that I use to edit my photos. I have several tools that I use to get them just the way that I like them for my website, Instagram, and Pinterest. I often will move one photo through several different apps to get the right look. This is because each app has something unique that I have gravitated to which allows me to obtain the aesthetic that I desire on my photos.
First, I take a photo using my phone. I usually take about 15 photos of whatever it is that I am shooting in order to get “the one”. There is always one photo that jumps out to me of those 15 pictures. As you see more and more photos on social media, it becomes easier to see which photo in your reel will resonate the best with your audience. It’s all about the angles and lighting, so change it up when you are taking photos using your phone.
Top: Before any editing
Bottom: After PS Express, VSCO, AirBrush, Enlight, and Afterlight 2 (Wow, That’s Quite A Few!)
At one point, I purchased a DSLR camera for my photography. In the end, I was unable to convert to the method of taking photos with a camera, and then uploading them to a computer for editing. For me, the iPhone is the only way because it simplifies the process.
After I select the photo that I want to edit, here is the process that I follow:
1) PS Express
In Photo Shop Express, I will first boost the exposure on my photos. I will then alter the contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, and sometimes, the vibrance. I also use the blemish remover to remove blemishes or things in a shot that I do not like. For example, I ALWAYS remove the outlet and light switches on the walls of my photos. It’s just a thing I do!
I will then boost the clarity, especially if it is a food shot, and then I reduce luminance noise. I then save the photo, and move to my next app.
Typically, my next step takes place in VSCO. I am a huge fan of AV4, KE1, KP4, 06, A5 and A6. It all depends on the photo. I don’t commit to using the same preset each time, because the lighting in my photo may have been different than others to begin with.
This is often my last step, and then my photo is ready to go.
Since my husband does not always have a ton of time for me to get “the perfect perfect shot”, I will rely on AirBrush for certain corrections. The app is very user friendly and helps me to further create images that I think people will want to share.
If my photo is good to go, I will move it over to Canva for Pinterest optimization. This helps me to get the correct photo ratio that is preferred for Pinterest. In Canva, I often apply text overlay to my photos since those do well on Pinterest for certain content.
I love the Enlight app for creating artsy photos like the ones in this post. I love their “heal” function (it works very well for removing things from photos that you do not want in the shot). My favorite functions in Enlight are in the “Artistic” section. Urban, Painting, and Sketch are my favorites. They allow me to create unique content using a photo that started as something as simple as me against a white wall.
6) Afterlight 2
This is the newest app of mine that I have using more and more for editing. My favorite functions in Afterlight 2 have to do with color overlay and the ability to select certain gradients. I also like the “double exposure” feature that allows you to superimpose two different photos.
If I am not in the mood to use Canva for text overlay, I will often use Typic. They have a variety of fonts, doodles, and color selections that will allow you to customize your photos.
I have upgraded several of the features in each of these apps in order to have access to more presets and functions. They have all been well worth it, and each upgrade has only cost one to three dollars.
I never worry too much about my raw photography footage. As long as you start with decent lighting, you can create usable content out of almost anything.
These apps will take a little bit of time to get used to, but I know that you will be able to find several things about each one as well that you can use in your content curation process. Leave a comment below if you have any questions! Happy editing!