Not quite a professional photographer? Who says you need a fancy camera and expensive software to create beautiful photos? In a world of filters, effects and cropping, the editing process can be intimidating. I am dishing on my my favorite simple, yet superb apps to enhance your photos. With these apps, you are only limited by your imagination!
Prisma transforms your photos and videos into works of art inspired by the styles of famous artists of Van Gogh, Levitan, Picasso and more. It doesn’t just put a filter over your image, it scans the photo data by using a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence, to “paint” your masterpiece. Warning: Highly addictive! (iOS / Android)Pros: Over 30 styles with more being added, Able to change intensity of effect, Free.
Cons: Can only edit a square photo, Must be online for filters to download each time.
Take your travel, landscape, drone, and go pro photos to a whole new level! Create effortlessly in seconds what professional photographers need expensive equipment and Photoshop to accomplish. Tiny Planet uses stereographic projections, a geometric technique that projects a sphere onto a plane, to turn your photos into Tiny Planets, Rabbit Holes and amazing videos in just one tap. (iOS / Android)Pros: Free. Simple to use with high quality results.
Cons: Limited functionality in free version but extras pack for purchase with edge blur, latitude, longitude, zoom, rotation, high resolution, and more.
A Color Story
A Color Story boasts 100+ fresh and vibrant filters to enhance the color you’ve chosen in your composition. Over 40 movable effects such as light leaks, flares, bokeh, and color fogs. 20+ tools, including curves, clarity, contrast, temperature, hue shift and more that build upon multiple layers, similar to Photoshop, but at the touch of a button. The endless options and your will be left with photos that really POP! (iOS / Android)Pros: Customizable effects can be moved and rotated with your fingers to make your photos look and feel natural. Save custom filters from your editing steps to use on future photos.
Cons: Must be online to use filters, Free app but many effects must be purchased separately.
Go beyond the filter! PicsArt is the best all-in-one picture editor, pic collage, meme maker, clipart and drawing tool. Remix images with double exposure, stretching, drawing, blending, tilt shift, artistic filters, borders, masks, text, lens flare and speech bubbles. You will end up with mind blowing images! (iOS / Android)Pros: An incredible range of versatile features to edit and add effects to your images.
Cons: Doesn’t allow you to save each step as you work.
Create amazing abstract art from your images with Trigraphy. With 11 distinctive effects and 74 different presets to express your creativity! Each have adjustable variants to create effects within the effects! A blending mode allows you to multiply, darken, lighten, screen, and overlay. Masking allows you to remove the effect from certain areas of your photo. (iOS)Pros: The input image’s quality doesn’t effect the final result. Go from low to high-resolution.
Cons: Not free ($3.99), iOS only.
Ever noticed your group photos are always missing the photographer? Groopic solves the age-old problem by seamlessly including the photographer friend in every group photo. No more asking for help from a stranger or setting up a tripod. Groopic is great for cloning yourself too! It uses photo merging technology to create a realistic output. (iOS / Android)
Pros: Photographers can be a part of their own shots!
Cons: Doesn’t always produce the highest quality images.
Enlight is your go-to all-in-one photo editor. Choose stylized presets inspired by classic camera and film, experiment with light leaks , gradients and vignetting for a retro feel. Adjust every aspect of your image from contrast and exposure to color correction and curves. Built-in masking allows for seamless blending of effects and a clone tool for removing unwanted defects. Superimpose photos with a surreal double exposure effect. (iOS)Pros: A wide range of adjustments, filters and artistic tools from basic to advanced, in one single app.
Cons: iPhone only, Not free ($3.99)
Superimpose combines and blends multiple photos into a single composite image; no computer or expensive software needed! Quickly and easily create double-exposure images, replace parts of an image with a different photo, blend textures onto an image, or mask out unwanted portions of a photo. imagination! (iOS / Android)
Pros: Zoom in infinitely, allowing you to edit the smallest pixel.
Cons: Photo needs both a foreground and a background work.
Average Camera Pro helps capture movement in long exposure shots with a sharpness you can’t achieve from the normal camera app. This app takes multiple images (as defined by you- the higher the number, the more movement you will capture) and then layers these on top of one another to create the long exposure effect. (iOS)Pros: Useful for producing low-noise pictures in low-light environments.
Cons: Because of long exposure time, you must set phone on flat surface for sharp results, iOS only.
Which apps will you use to captivate your audience in 2017? Any favorites that I’ve missed?