I get a ton of comments on my Instagram asking what photo-editing apps I use, and while I try my best to reply to each one, I think it’s better if I just make a proper entry about it. Don’t you think so too? My old post is so outdated, I don’t even use those apps anymore!
If you’re new to this blog and have no idea what I’m talking about, I created an iPhoneography post early 2012 enumerating the apps that I use for the pictures I post on Instagram. Fast-forward 1 ½ years later, and you’ll be surprised how technology has evolved so much in such a short span of time! Better apps have come out, much to my delight.
The first one that I recommend is Camera360, though I’m pretty sure most people already have it as it’s very popular, and the MagicSkin filters do wonders for selfie junkies.
Other personal faves from the selection of effects include the Sketch filter, LightColor and Retro color filters. HelloCamera app can more or less do the same things too.
The second one that I recommend is PhotoWonder, which is a quick way to prettify yourself with its magical Beautify features. So magical that you may end up not looking like yourself at all if you abuse the editing options (see exaggerated example below, lol). Some of the filters are really out-of-this-world (Breast enlargement, anyone?), and I only use the Skin filter and Blemish Fix if I feel like cheating a bit. But generally Camera360 MagicSkin Natural or Glossy filter does the job already, so this is the option to go for if you feel like your face needs a lift.
The third app that I recommend is Afterlight, which is God’s gift to photographers looking for the perfect editing app. This isn’t a free app though, but I assure you it is worth every cent. I used to be so amazed by VSCO before Afterlight came out, but Afterlight is on a totally different level. What I like about it most is that you layer filters and the opacity of each action you make. If you’re a fan of Photoshop layers like me, you’d love this! As for what exact filters I use, it’s a mix of different ones depending on my mood. Sometimes I go crazy and do something along the lines of 20% Atlas, 20% Sage, 15% Nico, 10% Idaho, 5% Dallas, 5% Whim, +5 Saturation, +10 Temperature. Now, this is just random word vomit, so don’t count on the previous sentence to make your photos look good, lol. Anyhow, it is also the app that I use to make my circle photos.
Fourth app recommendation is Landcam, which I’ve only bought recently so I haven’t taken a lot of pictures with it yet. However, I find myself slowly falling in love with it and its filters! If you ask me, Landcam is like a better version of VSCO, though I know VSCO has a loyal fanbase of its own.
Landcam has a double exposure feature which is something that other apps don’t have. But my favorite feature about it are tastefully-made fonts, textures, sketches and light leaks.
Ever wondered what to do with pictures that just look better when they’re not square-cropped? If you’ve been following my IG (@tgosingtian), you might’ve already noticed how my style of fitting vertical ootds into an Instagram-ready square. I’ve been using the Squaready app! What’s nice about it is that you can choose the color of the background (as other apps are mostly limited to black and white) and you have the option to push the photo off-center.
The next app I recommend is Cameran, by Ninagawa Mika, one of my photography idols. She is known for elaborate details, intricate sets, and high saturation. I love what she did with Helter Skelter (her manga-based movie starring Sawajiri Erika) and of course, AKB48’s Heavy Rotation music video!
I particularly adore this “Shower” filter with the rose petals and light bokeh.
And last but not the least, I recommend LINE Cam for the filters and the unique stamps. I love these face stamps that you can add to your food/product shots to make them look instantly cute! LINE Cam also has some adorable frames that are quite reminiscent of Purikura borders so this app is a must for those who have a penchant all things kawaii!
I hope this updated app post helps! As I said before, different strokes for different folks, and I’m sure there are better photography and editing applications out there. But these are the ones that work best for me and my type of aesthetics. Good luck experimenting with these apps! Feel free to comment below if you have any more recommendations similar to these.