It’s safe to say that Instagram has evolved from being a social platform to a digital portfolio of sorts, where every aspect of one’s life is captured in images. So a couple of apps to make things look even better can’t hurt, right? While there are hundreds of editing and photography applications on the app store, we’ve selected the best of the best. Starting from your fundamentals to your final touches, these are the best editing apps to up your Instagram game.
For shooting high-quality images, Halide Camera is an accomplished camera app for iOS. The reason why I say that is because the app sports a pretty elegant user-interface, and can capture several types of images like RAW, TIFF, HEIC, and JPG. Thanks to the complete manual control like shutter speed, ISO, and white balance, you have the desired control over your photos. With the manual depth control, you can take fascinating portrait images. Even better, this app lets you capture portraits of pets and objects effectively on the iPhone.
Adobe’s Lightroom CC has always been a powerhouse and a top-notch RAW photo editor. So, calling it the best raw photo app for iOS is fair. Aside from being a great image editor, Lightroom CC also excels as a camera app. It features multiple advanced capture modes to let you shoot RAW and HDR shots elegantly. To make your images look more appealing, you can tweak several things like colour, exposure, tone, and contrast. Even better, you can go for the premium version of the app to unlock a wide range of pro features including Healing Brush, selective adjustments, geometry, and also essential cloud storage.
What makes this app different from the other apps on this list is that, here you aren’t reducing or editing the image. You’re simply adding to it. Once you’ve edited and fine-tuned your image with the desired exposure and colour detailing, you can add an overlay or a ‘distortion’ as it is called. These distortions are categorised as Principle Light Hits, Standard Light hits, Fog, and Shimmer. Lens flare and shades come under the first two categories. Fog is useful when you need to cover up something, maybe something that doesn’t belong in the image. Shimmer adds a shiny layer. It gives a unique sparkle that can enhance the photo. The best feature is that all these are customisable.
Snapseed, hands down, is one of the hottest editing apps in the market right now. It’s an easy to use all-rounder app that comes with a whole lot of features. Fine Tuning, Selective Enhancement, HDR features, Tonal Contrasts, and Facial Enhancements etc. Even the interface is easy and super effective. Snapseed has a slightly more casual feel compared to the other apps listed here. However, it’s quite powerful and a must-have for anyone wanting to step up their Instagram game.
Mextures is a fantastic app for applying textures to your iPhone photos. It also has a range of other effects including grain, light leaks, and gradients. Textures can really turn boring, unfinished images into something worthy of an Instagram post. Grainy details and background textures are its core highlights. Another cool feature of this app is its ‘Lens Focus’.
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