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Top 5 Photography Apps to Try

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Photography is never just a one-step process. Even during the days of film photography, you needed to go through the process of developing the film and printing before you get the final image. The same logic applies in the age and dominance of smartphone photography apps - a wide variety of apps have enabled users to edit and process their images instantaneously with various effects and functionalities.

In order to help you with the process, here are the top smartphone photography apps (aside from Instagram) you need to try.

1. VSCO

Before and after of a VSCO edit

The countless number of photo editing apps available to users these days has made the choice a more personal instead of a practical one. Most photo editing apps come with the run-of-the-mill editing functions like being able to adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation while providing a wide variety of filters that instantly change the look of your images.

I have two reasons why VSCO is the number one app on my list. The first is the functionality of the user interface. Instead of burdening the user with technical terms and hard to get to functions (I’m looking at you, Snapseed), VSCO keeps things simple by using intuitive symbols (a sun for brightness, thermometer for temperature) that are kept in one toolbar. It’s easy to understand for beginners but has enough customization options for industry professionals while keeping the interface nice and clean.

The second reason is that VSCO constantly updates its available filters, often collaborating with different brands and organizations, that will make sure that your images never look like someone else’s Instagram grid.


2. Foodie

Before and after a Foodie edit

Like them or hate them, those food photos you see on social media are here to stay. Anyone who has tried to take a decent food photo knows that editing them can be a pain. The reason behind this is because most in-app filters were configured to complement a person’s skin tone rather than accurately reflect what your plate of avo is supposed to look like. Enter Foodie App- a food lover’s dream come true.

The Foodie app's food filters are seriously good and super easy to apply!

Foodie App lets you choose from a variety of filters specially calibrated for food - from vegetables to raw meat to cooked meat to coffee - this app will instantly liven up your dull food photos to make them look even better than how they taste.


3. TouchRetouch

Full disclosure: before I discovered this app, I used to transfer my smartphone photos to my laptop to take out unwanted elements through Photoshop before uploading them on Instagram. It was a tedious process, but I couldn’t let a piece of rubbish ruin a perfectly good beach photo.


Touch Retouch basically works like Photoshop’s Clone Tool by letting you remove undesirable objects from your image with a touch of a button. It is mainly recommended to remove objects and lines but I often use it to remove unwanted blemishes from portraits too.


4. Phonto


They say a picture paints a thousand words but sometimes we still want words to go with our photos. Phonto is an app that lets your overlay text on top of your photos so you can create anything from MEMEs to personalized birthday greetings. What I love about this app is the wide variety of fonts available (400) while letting you customize everything from kerning to the drop shadow. It’s easy to use and the final product always comes out clean and professionally done.


5. Plann


Sometimes it’s not enough for your photos to look good, it’s also important that they look good with each other. Plann is a visual designer and scheduler for Instagram that lets you create a mock Instagram feed while letting you compose mock captions and schedule your posts so that your Instagram achieves the ultimate #feedgoals status.


There are two things I love about this app, the first is it’s ease of use. All you need to do to play around with your simulated feed is to drag and drop the images around until you get your desired effect. The second is the ability to link more than one Instagram account which is useful if you’re the kind of person who manages many accounts at the same time.



What photography apps do you use to enhance your pics? Let us know in our Smartphone Photographers Facebook group.

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