Full disclosure 99% of my photos are edited, not so heavily as to be unrecognisable but if you've seen my photos I tend to push up the exposure (probably a bit much sometimes) and increase the red hues. Now I am no means a photographer, I call myself an enthusiast because I've fallen in love with taking photos and it's a hobby I consistently want to improve in. I only got a DSLR last year in the hopes of figuring out how to take better quality images and I was inspired by my bestie Finding Femme's beautiful blogging. Now I've upgraded cameras and enjoying documenting parts of my life (much to my husbands dismay, as he's now my main subject).
I don't always use the same app to edit a photo or video and quite regularly move between them and programs to get my desired style. I've put together this post of my favourite apps to use for image and video editing. If you have any other app suggestions I'd love to know them below.
Best for: Quick and easy photo editing, not as versatile as other apps but great for beginning and figuring out the basics.
Tips: I use Instagram for posting photos obviously but also for any slight pre-posting editing.
Best for: Making your surrounds sparkle like a Swarovski crystal. Puts shimmer and sparkly elements in your images or videos to make them shine!
Tips: I prefer to shoot my images and videos before using this app, that way all my editing is done before overlaying with glimmers.
Best for: This is my favourite photo editing app, right before actually getting out my computer and using the desktop version of Lightroom. It's great for more detailed editing and you've got a wide range of options to create presets and really explore what photo style you want to create.
Tips: You can even split tone your image, this is found it the Effects tab and then the top right hand corner. This is a favourite editing tool of mine and can really push the colours in your photos to shine.
Cost: FREE but you can unlock more features such as selective editing with an Adobe account
Best for: Colour theme your photos, VSCO has a range of image presets and it's easy as click to get a style happening.
Tips: If you're looking for inspiration jump onto Pinterest and you'll see how others have coloured their photos and what presets to use.
Cost: FREE but has a trial period of 7 days. From there you can buy a subscription, I'd test it out before commiting to see if it's a good fit for your photos.
Best for: Quickly adding text to images or creating Instagram stories from pre-made designs
Tips: If you've got an Iphone you can add in live photos to your designs and export as a video
Cost: FREE but has more options available if you have an Abode account
Best for: Using pre-made designs for Instagram stories or posts. Great for creating on the go graphics with a selection of free fonts, graphics and images to choose from.
Tips: Canva is a fantastic free alternative to the Adobe suite, however can be limiting with full graphic design requirements.
Cost: FREE but has paid images, graphics and templates if you need them.
Best for: Putting pre-made text templates over your images and videos. The look professional and the free version has great editing options available.
Tips: Trial the free version before upgrading, I've found the watermark isn't that noticeable on Instagram stories.
Cost: FREE but you'll have a watermark over your videos unless you pay to upgrade the app.
Best for: Adding a range of free fonts to make your images and videos more engaging.
Tips: I always shoot my video beforehand rather than in-app for higher res shooting.
Cost: FREE but has in-app upgrades available like more font choices.