My last tutorial shared my top 10 tips for taking better photos with your camera phone. Today, I’ll share my favorite photo editing apps and how I use them.
There are two primary apps I use to edit my phone photos: VSCO & Snapseed.
VSCO is free, but it offers in-app downloads for specific presets. Its presets are designed to mimic specific films or photography styles. They are more classic and subtle than most Instagram-style filters.
For the edit above, I used VSCO preset K1.
You can adjust the strength of each preset after applying it. In addition, VSCO offers the following edits for any photo:
- Horizontal Perspective
- Vertical Perspective
- Highlights Save
- Shadows Save
- Skin Tone
- Grain (add)
- Fade (matte look or contrast reduction)
- Shadows Tint
- Highlights Tint
And you can save your favorite combinations of adjustments as presets of your own.
I use the Tune options most frequently for quick & clean edits. Below are the adjustments you can make using Tune:
- Ambiance (like Clarity in Lightroom)
Snapseed also has a healing brush to remove blemishes. This is a useful but not very common tool for a photo editing app to have.
Its filters are good too. Here’s a photo of all of them:
One filter that I use frequently (for photos that don’t contain people) is Snapseed’s HDR Scape. It doesn’t combine multiple photos or exposures like a true HDR, but it does do a good job of creating an HDR look.
There are several options to choose from when applying this filter.
In addition, you can swipe down on the photo to adjust its subsettings:
You can see some of my other Snapseed edits here: