I get asked a lot what are the best iPhone photo Apps I use to edit my Instagram shots, so I thought I’d put together a list of the top 10 best iPhone photo Apps that that I use all the time. I find most people that ask me this question expect a simple single App answer, but thats just not the case. I often use two, three or even four different Apps depending on the shot and effects I want to achieve. As soon as I start describing this process I see most people eyes glaze over and they start thinking this is going to be way too hard and too complicate, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The fact of the matter is that this isn’t the case at all as most Apps are good at doing just a couple of things; either cropping for Instagram, adjusting colours or stitching together a series of pics to make a panorama just to name a few. So once you understand what each App does and how to use, it it’s actually quiet quick and easy to obtain the desired photo effect for your next Instagram master piece.
My Top 10 iPhone Photo Apps
Listed below are my top 10 Photo apps that I use to edit my pictures before posting to Instagram, in no particular order. As mentioned I often use a number of Apps in conjunction.
Camera+ is a great all round iPhone photo App and is one of the best selling of all time. Camera+ is a great place to start as a beginner in mobile photography as it does a good job of everything. It’s a good Camera replacement app (although I never use it myself ) and its really fast and easy to edit your pictures with some awesome effects. To get started a few nice combination effects that will impress all your friends are set Scenes to Clarity and FX Effect to Vibrant, then adjust the vibrancy using the slider to get your desired effect.
The picture below was edited with Camera+ using Clarity and So Emo combination.
ProCamera is a great Camera replacement App that gives you full control over the iPhones camera settings. The biggest advantage I find with ProCamera over the standard iOS Camera App is the ability to easily pick a separate focus and exposure point by just dragging the square focus point over the subject and the circular exposure ring over the required exposure point. Pro Camera also has an awesome fast shutter mode that I will use in the Diptic description below.
The picture below was taken using ProCamer to focus on the beer bottle while setting exposure from the background. The blurred out background make the beer bottle subject look sharper and the whole photo more professional.
Snapseed would have to be the absolute best photo editing iPhone App available, this is probably why Google bought them. Snapseed give you a massive amount of control but it’s still super easy to use. There are a number of features that set Snapseed apart from other photo editing apps, like the selective adjustment tool. Using the selective adjustment tool it’s possible to adjust the levels of certain parts of you photo rather than just applying a filter to the whole shot. For some people this can seem like you have too many choices but for slightly more advanced users that have a good idea of the look and feel of which they are going for Snapseed is the best tool to create it.
This night street shot below was fully edited with Snapseed.
AutoStitch is a great photo App that does pretty much exactly what it says, it seamlessly stitches a series of photo’s together to make awesome looking panoramas. I love this app and use it a lot, it’s worth noting that I rather use this than the new Panorama function now built into iOS 6.
Below is a sunset photo that I used AutoStitch to blend three separate shots together then cropped it to make an awesome panorama effect. I also used Camera+ to edit the panoramas colours.
NightCap is a amazing App that allows you too take beautiful noise free images at night. This app works best when used a with a tripod stand such as my product the Quad Lock Tripod Adaptor, please excuse the shameless self promotion. I have only just started using this app but I’m already amazed at how well it works.
The photo below is a shot I took with NightCap App on my iPhone5. This shot has also been edited in AutoStich and Snapseed.
Diptic Apps makes it easy for you to make an interesting layout of pictures that can tell a story in an attractive frames style layout. The App work great for instagram posts as the standard layouts are 1 x 1 (Square) ratio. The app is fast and easy to use and there are many different layout options to choose from.
The first shot below was comprised of a series of fast shutter shots I took using ProCamera and the layout was done using Diptic frames App for iPhone.
SlowShutter App is a great slow shutter style app that uses video mode to give a slow shutter effect which allows the user to take some great shots with blurred effects. Once again, this App works best with a tripod (Quad Lock Tripod Adaptor) but the results are simply stunning for a low light iPhone shot. Shots like this are normally reserved for SLR type cameras that have longer shutter speeds.
The shot below was taken from an overpass near my house in Melbourne using an iPhone5, Quad Lock Tripod Adaptor and SloPro App.
Squaready is a simple app that lets the user simply insert a cropped photo of any size in to a square (1×1 ratio) ready to post to Instagram. Without Squaready any photo you post to Instagram that’s not already a square (1×1 ratio) will feature a black band at the top and bottom of the image. After using Squaready to position a picture within a square and post it to Instagram the photo seams to float on you instagram feed, without any distraction black bands.
The screen capture below shows my instagram feed with a Squaready crop image.
ColorSplash is a super fun App that allows the user to take a full colour image turn it to black and white and then colour back in selective sections of the photo. The ColorSplash App works best with shots that have a strong in focus subject so give it a try as it’s sure to impress your Instagram friends.
The image below is a shot I took of a Ferrari with a pretty boring background so i used ColorSplash and Camera+ to bring it to life.
Once again this is shameless self promotion as we made Instatag, but I do use this App with every shot I post to Instagram.
Instatag is the quickest and easiest way to tag your Instagram photos with the most popular and relevant hashtags, so you get more likes and more follows instantly. It’s not uncommon to receive 20-30 likes within seconds of posting your Instatag tags to your instagram feed.