When I first started out blogging, while I would’ve loved to have had someone to mentor me, I have truly enjoy-ed the learning process. 2 years later and I am still learning to this day (hence the “ed” on enjoy-ed). I’ve had to learn everything on my own from scratch, and because of this I’m a better blogger. Through trial & error and a lot of mistakes, you are your best teacher. Thankfully I have learned a lot from other bloggers tips & tutorials. I get a lot of questions about how to start a blog, so I’m going to start sharing my secrets with you guys. In this blog post, I’m sharing the 5 Best iPhone Photo Editing Apps for Bloggers. These apps will help take your photos up a notch, and make your Instagram page standout. Also, I use all of these apps so trust me when I say they’re good! 😉
Snapseed – One of the best and most powerful photo editing apps for the iPhone. It offers a variety of powerful filters, basic or semi-advanced editing tools. I love Snapseed because you can do things like crop, brighten, sharpen, add text and filter your photo all in one app. It prevents the need to switch back-and-forth between apps. The filters are more like altering the actual photo instead of putting a color on top of it. This app is free in the App Store. Snapseed is a must for any iPhone photographer’s basic needs!
Afterlight – Quick and easy to use. I like how straight-forward this app is. It’s one of the very first apps I ever used and still use to this day. There are over 75 unique filters, 78 textures, and 128 frame shapes that can be applied to your photo. This app gets updated often which is good. Afterlight even has a few filters that are similar to the app, VSCO. The bonus is that after paying $0.99 for the app, you don’t have to pay extra money for add-ons that most apps are notorious for.
VSCO – I think VSCO is unique because it is more than just an app. It is an art and technology company that focuses on getting creators to create. A community for expression. My favorite part of VSCO are the presets. Instead of throwing a filter on top of an image and calling it a day, presets alter the colors so you get a more unique and real image. The app itself is free and comes with all your typical editing tools (brightness, saturation, etc.) and some generic presets. If you want more unique presets they range between .99 cents and $10. I’m guilty of purchasing most of them. VSCO is definitely my favorite when it comes to the best iPhone photo editing apps for bloggers.
Facetune – I like Facetune, I really do. I mostly use it to make my backgrounds whiter in photos. But I will say that I also dislike Facetune, because of the unrealistic expectations it allows people to create. Facetune allows you to do exactly what it says… tune your face. It can make you or break you. I cannot emphasize this. MAKE OR BREAK YOU. There are a lot of features like blurring, reshaping, adding frames, etc. I can almost ALWAYS look at a photo and recognize when someone has used Facetune. Always. In real life, no one’s face actually looks like it’s completely made of porcelain, and no ones waist looks like it is the width of a piece of paper. Unless you’re Barbie, and she’s plastic, which brings me back to the fake porcelain look. Not cute. Just be real. I’m really big on presentation, so the apps design is not the most aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. Especially when compared to other apps like VSCO or Afterlight. Oh, and Facetune is not free on the app store, but you can purchase it for $3.99. Because that’s worth at least an extra 200 likes. Right?
Instagram – Last but not least, Instagram. With over 700 million users, Instagram is a powerhouse in the blogger and influencer industry. I’ve had Instagram for so long. I’m talking back when people used sepia tone filters and rigid borders on their photos and thought it was cool, long. *cringe* Every now and then I will drift away from using the apps editing features, but I almost always do some final editing on Instagram before posting a photo. Even if it’s just editing the brightness. Instagram really stepped up it’s game by adding tons of new filters and editing tools that are actually GOOD. More people are using only Instagram to edit their photos, because it’s a much simpler process.
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What are your favorite iPhone photo editing apps for bloggers? Am I missing any? Let me know in the comments section below!