Which popular apps will amp up your photos
There’s no denying that Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms on the planet today – second only to Facebook in terms of engagement. From influencers to celebrities and, of course, the rest of the online community, Instagram is a convenient and rather hip way to stay connected. This is a reason why 90% of the top 100 brands around the world have an active Instagram presence. The platform is an excellent place to build brand awareness and promote products and services.
Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has been THE place to share photos. The filter, caption, timing, hashtags, and angle are only some of the things pro Instagrammers take into consideration before sharing a photo. Yes, there are those things to look at for. One cannot merely take a picture, and upload; especially if you are planning to make a career out of Instagram.
If you’re a newbie to the whole grammin’ concept, fret not. Some apps can do all the hard work for us so that our only job left is to wait for the hearts. It may seem daunting, but it is entertaining and exciting as well.
Without further ado, below are some of the best apps on the market to help with your Instagrammin’.
1. VSCO Cam
This easy-to-use app does so much more than edit your photo instantaneously. It allows you to become an entry-level graphic artist without the complexity of being one. You can play with the exposure, contrast, and saturation levels of the image and do other things like tint, sharpen, crop and control the temperature and grain of the photo you want to upload. This one is for those who want more control on the photo rather than leaving it to the auto-edit feature that most photo apps come with.
VSCO combines picture-taking, photo-editing, and online sharing into one compact app, perfect for those who want coherence and convenience. It may be intimidating to use at first because of all the techy features minus the tutorials, but after some getting used to, this app has the capability to become your go-to camera app.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of VSCO is its filter offerings. It has more options than other camera apps, and it can be fun to experiment with the different filters to get your post just right.
Price: Free to download / Join VSCO membership to access 130+ VSCO presets
Instagram is all about novelty. People aim for something new, eye-catching and out of the ordinary. With Hyperlapse, you get to create stunning time-lapse videos that will surely gain you much attention on Instagram. Through this app created by Instagram itself, there’s no more need for professional or bulky camera equipment. All you need is a phone, and you can record away.
Hyperlapse is equipped with image stabilization that helps you take remarkably smooth videos for your time lapse. The downside with this app, however, is that it does not come with a lot of editing features so you will have to go back to Instagram to edit your recordings.
3. Camera+ 2
Camera+ 2 is a great editing tool for beginners. You can control the sensitivity and the shutter speed of the camera when taking pictures to give the best quality photos. You want to capture fast-moving objects with your smartphone? Feel free to tweak the shutter speed of the camera so can create gorgeous shots of a flowing stream or waterfall.
It’s been eight years since the release of Camera+ and you can bet that the new version is bigger and better. Your iPhone (unfortunately, it’s only available for iOs devices) will become a professional camera.
Price: USD 2.99
Available on: iOS
For businesses, organizations or professionals who want an all-inclusive app for their marketing strategies, Canva is the app to get. It’s a straightforward design platform that will enable even the most novice users to create professionally done posters, posts, banners, certificates, cards, and the like.
Canva is not limited to Instagram but all social media platforms, with each design perfectly sized and formatted according to the destination. With over 8000 templates to choose from, photos and backgrounds, an image transparency tool, badges, and more, Canva will give you the collateral you are looking for.
Price: Free for limited use, $12.95/month for work use, with in-app purchases
This photo editor and collage maker is available for use on mobile and desktop. When you open Fotor, you are directed to three options: edit, collage or design. Simple.
For edit, you can opt for some quick editing like filter application or go into more depth like fine-tuning the photo. Collage is simple to use, and it’s for those who love putting multiple images into one post. It is the online version of scrapbooking. Lastly, Design is for posts that you want more control with.
Price: Free to download, option to purchase Pro version $3.33/month to unlock all features
If Hyperlapse is for time-lapse videos, then Boomerang is for gifs. Boomerang was made by Instagram to allow us to create short videos that play on a loop.
There is no need to log in or register to use Boomerang, and if you’re a first-time user, you just need to scan through a three-step tutorial. The app itself is very easy to use. You choose your front or back camera, tap the button, wait a while for the app to take 10 fast photos to create the short video. Once it’s put together, you can opt to share it across social media sites or even messaging apps. When uploaded to Instagram, you can even add filters.
Boomerang continues to trend on Instagram because the possibilities are limitless. You can go for hilarious or awesome loops to share.
7. Afterlight 2
This popular photo editing app is the bigger and better version of the first Afterlight app which was also a huge hit with users. The biggest difference from the first version is functionality. Afterlight 2 is so much easier to use. It has remained a powerful and inexpensive tool to edit your photos to become Instagram-worthy.
The app is user-friendly, has a ton of features like easy-to-create filters where you mix and match your favorite existing filters to create your own, ready-made filters to help you save time, a community filter sharing option to save your designs, a text overlay tool, selective hue adjustment, selective lightness option, and more.
The downside of this app is the lack of frame options that people were expecting. However, the rest of the capabilities of the app more than compensates for the missing feature. You can easily turn average photos into professionally edited masterpieces.
Available on: iOS
For those who feel bad about not being able to use Afterlight 2, worry not because Google has got your backs with Snapseed. Did we mention it’s free?
The photo editing app is filled with manipulation tools like adjusting the image brightness, saturation, contrast, curves, shadows and more. With this much control minus the information-overload, it is no wonder that this app is a fan favorite.
With a simple swipe of your finger, you can edit your photos. It can even edit RAW files and, a feature that many desire: it is ads free!
Those that have jumped from one photo app to another know very well that there are some that stand out from the rest, whether in user interface, design, offerings, or size. It is all about preference, which app appeals to you will be the one you rely on. Many users even alternate their photos using more than 1 app for editing. But one thing is for sure, Instagram is a strict environment with many competing for followers and hearts.
Luckily for us, we have a handful of quality photo apps to choose from so we don’t have to hire a professional photographer or have an Instagram boyfriend follow you around to get those perfect snaps. Hopefully, the suggestions above gave some insight on which app would suit your needs the best.