When I was in high school, I had this small Canon camera that I used to carry around with me and photograph people with. Not just on special occasions like prom and formals, but all. the. time. I loved capturing everyday moments and remembering them—putting together scrapbooks and things like that.
Not much has changed for me since high school, apparently.
Okay, maybe a few things (thankfully). Besides finally figuring out how to finally mange my giant red curly hair, there also was this really cool invention that came out called a smart phone. I was one of the first iPhone users and haven’t looked back since. While I still have (and love!) a Canon camera that I use for special occasions, blog projects and client work, my go-to camera has become my iPhone 6s.
Besides having a pretty fantastic camera (at least during the day…at night, not so much), there are a plethora of apps that you can use to edit your photo for the perfect look before you post. As a former professional photographer, I’ve used and tried almost every photo app out there. Here are the five best iPhone photography apps I recommend most:
Instagram. If I need to edit a photo before I post to Instagram, 99.9% of the time I edit it using Instagram itself. I bypass the filters and instead use the edits to adjust the saturation, white balance, temperature, etc.
Afterlight. This app has long been my favorite for editing photos. I prefer a bright, natural look rather than heavy filters, but whichever you want, this app has it all. You can also add light flares, dust, frames and more should you like.
ColorStory. This app also lets you add flares along with a few more fun looks like bokeh and color fog. There’s also a ton of filters, and once you find your perfect look, you can save and name your editing process and repeat it over and over at the click of a button.
A Beautiful Mess. Perfect for creating collages, A Beautiful Mess App allows you to add patterned backgrounds, doodles, borders, phrases and your own text to your photos. This is a fun one for scrapbooking!
Over. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to add professionally designed art and text phrases to your phone, this app is for you! You can also type in your own messaging and add different layers of backgrounds.
What apps are your favorite best iPhone photography apps? I’m always looking for new ones to try, so let’s hear it!