Dear Lizzy, What are your favorite apps for photo editing and Instagram?
For those of you who are not familiar with Instagram it’s a free app for your iphone, android, ipad, etc. Once you download it you can find your friends and follow them. Your feed will automatically show their photos as they post them. There are a bunch of photo filters Instagram comes with that are great. You can like your friends’ photos and leave comments. It’s basically Twitter but with photos.
Here are my top 5 photo app recommendations for all you Instagram lovers!!
PicFx (1.99): for all your bokeh filter and light texture needs. I have only used this app for the bokeh effect/light textures. I haven’t even looked at the other options on this ap because that’s the only thing I need and use it for. When you add a light texture that you like, tap on the picture and click rotate to move the filter around the picture to where you like. Then use the sliding bar on the right to change the opacity of the filter. You may also click the arrow to save or add more filters which is cool if someone wants to layer on different effects.
VSCO (.99) : Love this one for adding a cool fade filter to my photos. I like the exposure, contrast and other basic editing options. I also really like the Black and White filter on this one. There are a couple little things that bug me when I am uploading and saving but overall I really like this ap.
Snapster (Free or I upgraded to the 2.99 version): I like the filters it comes with, some cool frames, I like the light leaks and it will open to Instagram for convenient posting. My favorite part is you can create your own custom filters and colored lighting. The advanced settings are really fun to play around with like I did below with the ferris wheel. The one of the left is one of the “Pop” filters and it comes with the app.
Picture Show (.99) Great for light leaks, a cool bokeh effect, a grid overlay. The filters are ok. I do like the multi exposures filter I’ve used it a few times like the photo below. The basic brightening and contrast tools are good.
My next photo editing purchase will be: Snapseed (4.99) I’ve heard really good things about it for all your photo editing tricks. I’ve heard it’s the only ap you’d need so I am excited to check it out. Also, as I was finishing up this post I saw my friend Rhonna sharing a cool tutorial for using Rhonna Designs fonts with your apps!
-As if there wasn’t already enough ways to waste your time with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and now Instagram. It’s definitely easy to become addicted to social media without knowing… or even knowingly. Instagram is my recent poison of choice. I love the spontaneous pictures and how they tell our life story. I recently ordered a book with all my instagram pictures (I’ll share next week) and love it! It’s also inspiring to see how the peeps I follow capture their everyday life. My username is (@dearlizzy or profile here)
At times it can get on Collin’s nerves if I am looking at my phone excessively… but when he’s home from work I think ‘oh, now I have a break and get lost on my phone’ but I try to wait for the right moment and Insta-responsibly…! ; )
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