Nature photographer Pankaj Saharia recommends the coolest and most unique photo editing apps available for iPhone users.Becoming a master of photography is no longer about splurging on thousand dollar camera systems. Then again, it never really was. Owning the title of photographer is more about the individual artist than the camera in his/her hand. With so many unique photo editing apps to choose from, iPhone users have the ability to carry their own mini studio in their pocket. If you’re an aspiring photographer creating art on a budget with your iPhone, check out these awesome apps!
VSCOVSCO, pronounced “Visco,” is a modern photo editing software for the old soul photographer. If you love the beautifully timeless and classic look of physical film, you’ll absolutely adore VSCO. Free to download, this app goes beyond the standard editing tools for fine-tuning your captured images. While you can still adjust the image’s color, exposure and sharpness just like any other photo editor, VSCO turns even the most ordinary photos into something grand. Create your own personal time warp by turning your snapshots into beautiful photos with that yesteryear vibe. The free version of the application includes a sample pack of unique filters. If you have fun toying around with those and want to expand on the possibilities, VSCO offers a variety of features which can be purchased directly in the app.
Afterlight 2While taking photos on your phone may not sound like the most professional route of photography, mobile photographers are proving that there’s artistry in the process. Afterlight 2 allows you to tap into the minds of well-known mobile photographers. By granting you access to free filter packs made by smartphone-wielding artists, you too can create unique photos for your social media profiles, blogs and more. The output quality will give off a professional impression to eyes less trained in the photographic arts. It’ll be your little secret! With dust and light leak overlays, seamless image blending and more, this app’s value goes far beyond its modest $2.99 price tag.
Adobe Photoshop ExpressYou don’t have to be an expert in photography to know about Adobe’s famous Photoshop editing software. But did you know that you can get Photoshop for free on your iPhone? Adobe Photoshop Express is free to download and it comes with all the basic settings to make your photos pop. Of course, if you want to tap into extra goodies, you can with in-app purchases. But the pre-loaded features should be more than enough for the novice photographer. Having Photoshop literally in your backpocket is easier and simpler than ever before.
EnlightNow this one is truly something special! Breathe new life into even the most basic of snapshots with Enlight’s stunning mixer tool. This feature allows you to create double-exposure images, something that previously required a solid grasp on photo editing. With the healing tool, you can completely remove unwanted objects from your photos to make for clean images. Enlight also has some unique programs for aspiring pocket filmmakers. Enlight’s Videoleap makes photos come to life by turning snapshots into videos. Spice up that waterfall shot from your family vacation by turning it into something truly stunning. You can literally make the water appear to be flowing by everything else stands still -- how awesome is that?!
These apps are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s truly amazing what you can do with a couple free apps and your trusty iPhone. Breaking into photography has never been easier!
Nature photographer Pankaj Saharia regularly lends aspiring photographers expert advice on Quora.