These days, it’s better to have a high-end smartphone than a compact camera and sometimes even an SLR, because they have big cameras that can do a great job if you know how to squeeze them to the max.
Today I bring you a series of apps that I use to edit the photos I take with my iPhone 7 Plus and, even, I link you to an Instagram account in which I upload content taken with that Smartphone, in case you want me to give you advice and tell you the steps I have followed to edit the photos I have published.
The account in question is Charlitwophotography, or click here to go directly to it.
Afterlight main screens
For me, it’s one of the most complete in the App Store, although it’s not the one I use the most.
In this application you can edit photos at a fairly advanced level, as it allows you to configure many parameters. I usually use it for the correction of shadows, as well as the correction of lights and the use of grain, since it does a great job in this sense.
As for the rest of the functions, we can add vignette effect, give detail, calibrate temperature and saturation, and even play with different color tones of lights and shadows.
As for the filters, it’s the one with more variety than the other two Apps I brought you, although I’m not very convinced; if you want to use any of the filters I recommend you not to put it to the maximum, because the photo will look too artificial (around 50-70% usually look pretty good).
Download it here.
Snapseed Tool Panel
Without a doubt it is one of the free apps in the photographic field that offers a more professional experience.
It is gesture-based, so it has a small learning curve.
You can use it to calibrate brightness, contrast, saturation, mood, shadows, warmth and highlights. You can even calibrate brightness, contrast, saturation and structure selectively, i.e. by specific areas, so you can edit your photos at a deeper level.
In the tool panel you can find many more functions, such as using a brush, removing stains, editing with curves and even correcting white balance.
As for filters, I particularly recommend them, but making moderate use of them, since if we pass the photos they could lose some quality. In particular, highlight the amount of filters you have as far as the use of black and white is concerned. If you make a good use of the filters that it brings you will be able to create true works of art.
Click here to see a video where Carlos explains in more detail the use of Snapseed on the Apple 5×1 Youtube channel.
Download it here.
VSCO Store and Toolbox
It is particularly the one I use the most.
I use it both to edit photos and as a gallery, since I make interesting photos with the iPhone, which I export to VSCO, thus deleting them from the iPhone gallery.
As for filters, for me they are all perfect and the photos don’t lose almost any quality if we put the filter on it; on the other hand, it is true that it is the one that brings the least amount of filters unless you want to pay for some extra packages that are offered in the App Store itself (sometimes they offer free filters, you have to be careful and visit the Store from time to time).
Regarding the use of the application, it is intuitive and easy to use, so you will not have any problems.
As for the other functions, you can calibrate the exposure, the contrast, the grain, add clarity and outline to the photo, add saturation and calibrate the temperature, calibrate shadows and lights (although these last two are not your strong point), the skin tone, add a tone to the shadows and lights with a much wider variety than with Afterlight.
A curious thing about this App is that you can copy the edition of a photograph and paste it in several photos at once, so you only need to edit one photo.
Another aspect to highlight is that we can store it in different sizes, from small to real size.
Download it here.
As I told you at the beginning of the post, I redirect you to an Instagram account where I upload pictures with these apps and made with an iPhone 7 Plus.
If you want some advice, steps to follow or I can send you how I have edited a particular picture, you only have to comment on that photo or send me a direct message.
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