So… I kind of love Instagram. It may or may not have been a major reason for me getting an iPhone way back when. (That and the fact that my old phone couldn’t hold a charge for more than 30 minutes.)
I went through a phase for maybe a month or so when Instagram was driving me nuts, but it was just that, a phase. I have an iPhone 4 and I really do believe that the iPhone 5 has a better camera, however, even then, the camera rocks.
We had a family digital camera when I was in middle school. A ridiculously clunky Nikon Coolpix version 1.0 with approximately 3 megapixels and space for 40 photos. I brought it to Italy in eighth grade and (thankfully) the pictures were so grainy. (My awkward phase was best not captured…)
The fact that we carry around amazing cameras in our pockets is great! The fact that we can edit photos right on our phones without Photoshop is even better.
I’m definitely not a photographer. I went to photography camp in fifth grade and that was pretty much the extent of my photography training. But I do love snapping my favorite moments around town and sharing them with everyone on Instagram. (Have I mentioned how much I love Instagram?)
I’m also totally not a #NoFilter girl. Give. Me. The. Filters.
I was out with Mackenzie the other day and she mentioned how she thought it was ridiculous how many apps I used before uploading an Instagram. Yep. I edit the photos a ton before uploading. #Guilty and equally #NotSorry.
First… I take a whole batch of photos before choosing one that I think is okay. It’s a little bit of an issue, I realize and fully admit this. Honestly, I can’t even believe I’m admitting this… but here’s a pretty common series of photos. Ugh. Is there Instagram therapy or something? Sign me up.
Yep. So once I choose a photo that has a good angle and no weird blinking and no bizarre anything in the background… I can move onto the editing process.
I generally use three apps to get the desired effect.
LINE Camera | This is a super basic editing app. You can open a photo and resize it. You can add text and some funny little stamps if you so desire. The filters are okay, but nothing crazy amazing. I generally start in this app to square up photos and then click on the “clear” filter.
Squaready | I try to upload fully square pictures, but sometimes the shot just won’t work in a 1×1 ratio. This app is great because you can upload vertical or horizontal photos right into Instagram. No more feet or heads cut off!
BeFunky | This is an amazing editing app. You can rotate, straighten, crop, “beautify,” brighten, add contrast, change the fill light, toggle with the exposure, and change the hue/saturation… plus lots more! The filters are especially cool because you can change the level of the filter.
Don’t believe me? Check out the before and after of this Instagram.
It was about to storm in Tampa when we took this photo. It was dark and quite grey. But… the after? It’s like a totally different photo! Love it.
For my OOTD pictures, I use Diptic. I downloaded it forever ago, so there are definitely different versions of apps where you can put together a bunch of different photos. (I know that Pic Stitch is quite popular!)
What apps do you use to edit photos on your phone?