A couple of years ago it was all about 140 characters, the trick was the getting what you wanted to say around the 120 mark so to leave room for a hashtag and RT, now the power of the word is kind of being overshadowed a little by everything visual, or should I say Instagram, and I’m kind of loving how the platform has reignited my passion for photography, thanks in part to the amazing photo editing apps that are out there.
I know what you are thinking social media photographs aren’t an art form, probably not always from me **I’m trying**, but I do love how inspiring Instagram can be, especially when you can see the effort people are putting into getting their images just right. It really is a platform that I’m trying to take more time and effort in, it isn’t as instant as it used to be, but I think that’s the beauty of it.
My passion for the photo sharing platform must be showing through, or maybe it is just because I’m posting more, as a couple of you guys who are also on team Android asked me what my favourite editing apps are, so if you are currently stuck in a Valencia filter rut – here are my top apps to boost your Instagram creativity:
I’ve never been a fan of Instagram’s editing settings, they are so limiting, so all my images go through Aviary, a photo editing app that has a complete range of colour correctors, effects, frames, overlays, and even filters, and it is so smart that it even has a ‘one-tap auto enhance’ function to create make your snap look gorgeous.
For my images I tend to stick to crop, lighting – adjusting the brightness and contrast, colour – tweaking the saturation and warmth, as well as sharpness. You can also whiten your teeth, remove red-eye and blemishes – it is basically photoshop for your phone.
Alternative: Snapseed, Afterlight, VSCO Cam
Ever hear iPhone users going on about Squaready? Well, the Android alternative is SquareDroid, it is basically the easiest app to frame your photos when you don’t want to squish your look into a square. If you photo is landscape and you like it landscape this beauty of an app will add a nice white border, or a colour if you prefer, but I think white just looks better.
For me, I use SquareDroid on all images, even square ones, I like how it has a percentage button for the border size, I’m partial to a subtle 95% as I do like a touch of white around all my images. You can crop in this app as well but I prefer to do that in Aviary.
Alternative: Whitagram, Square InstaPic
Sometimes one picture isn’t enough, that’s where PhotoGrid comes in, as you can select multiple photos and organise them into a patchwork collage image. There are tons of options in this app, for layout, background and borders, I’m a fan of rounded off corners and adding extra white space.
Alternative: PicsArt Photo, Pic Collage, PicFrame
A Beautiful Mess
Want to make pretty photos – quickly and easily, then the A Beautiful Mess app developed by bloggers Elsie and Emma is perfect. You can use to make collage photos, add hand-drawn doodles, funky borders and text.
I like to use it to create cute quotes as I really like the font options. The only downside is that you have to pay for the app, not a lot but all the others I have listed are free, and there are a tad too many in-app purchases.
Other photography apps you might want to check out:
- Mirror Image – lets you create a reflection of your outfit
- Facetune – give yourself a facelift
- Viva Video – easy to create great videos
- Repost for Instagram – if you like to repost other people’s Instagram pictures this makes it easy
- Image Blender – if you want to have fun and fuse two photos into one or create an overlay of images
- Flipagram – allows you to create a flip book video of photos, can even add music for extra personality
- Line Camera – this is a super silly and cute app from Japan, where you can add thousands of stamps to spruce up your photos, everything from hearts and stars to fashion illustrations