With the birth of instagram and other mobile photo sharing apps the number of my photo editing apps found on my iphone is increasing. I post on my instagram several times a week and I often run my photos through a number of iphone photo editing apps. I compiled a list of my favourites:
1. Instagram, Free – Not a photo editing app in itself, it’s more of a lightweight social media photo sharing app. This app however, does have some nice built in effects.
2. Picfx, £1.49 – My personal favourite editing program, this is a great all rounder. It doesn’t offer cropping or brightening (like some other apps), but has a huge selection of colour effects and the ability to layer them up quickly too. You can find on this app: light leaks, film grain, various colour effects, cosmic overlays and more! The only negative thing I can say about this program is I find some of the effects a little harsh.
3. PS Express, Free – If you are looking for more basic adjustments such as cropping, lightening, sharpening, etc. then this is your program! This photo editing app also includes: some basic colour adjustments, red eye removal and blemish removal.
4. Ileaker, Free – If you are a fan of light leaks (I sure am!) then this is the app for you – offers a large range of light leaks which can be flipped various ways. There are also lots of beautiful light leaks and overlays which can be purchased in app.
5. Fragment, £1.49 – This is a really cool app which takes fragments of your image and overlays them in cool geometric shapes. A really unique app, however, I really struggle to find images that actually look good when run through this app. Photos of nature seems to work well. Offers in app purchases.
6. Kalido Lens, £1.49 – This is a simple app which does what is says on the tin. You can either select an image or view straight through your camera and create beautiful kaleidoscopic images.
7. Pomelo, Free – A great photo editing app which offers a range of very nice photo effects. Has a very nice tilt shift effect which can be applied to any effect (I swear this used to be an instagram feature?). What I don’t like about this app is the inability to layer effects – you have to keep saving and re opening the image in order to layer effects which is time consuming.
8. Faded, £0.69 – I don’t actually tend to use this app very much as I don’t find it very user friendly, it is a good all rounder though. It offers: colour effects, cropping, light leaks, overlays, boarders, textures, etc. I also find the colour effects (often my main requirement and use of these programs) rarely look nice on my images.
9. Afterlight, £0.69 – I was recommended this program by a fellow photographer. I don’t use it as much as I should, it’s quite a nice program and offers some great effects. However, I do find it again not so user friendly and a little complex to figure out. It offers things like: cropping, light leaks, colour effects and some in app purchases.
10. Squareready, Free – This isn’t strictly a photo editing app, but offer the ability to make your images square or give them a white boarder (like you often see on instagram). I personally use this app for my depop images. It does however have a built in photo editing program too.