I’ve had quite a few requests recently for more blog posts about phone photography and photography apps, I’m far from an expert in phone photography but more than happy to share the knowledge that I do have!
Generally my first choice photography tool will be my camera, its the tool that best helps me realise my vision – most of the time anyway! I like lovely blurry backgrounds in my images and sadly this is a style that can’t really be replicated on a phone. Yes you can add blur afterwards but it just isn’t the same. The other limitation of using a phone is that it can’t capture the same range of light and dark areas as a camera BUT once you recognise how a phone will capture certain lighting situations you can turn this limitation into an advantage. Each of the images below has taken advantage of this limitation.
Below are my five favourite apps, I use them to varying degrees and sometimes go a long time without using one (apart from VSCO which I use constantly!) but I always come back to these at some point of other. All are free apps, some have in app purchases, I’m using them on an iPhone but I’m guessing they are also available for other phones.
1 – VSCO – this is without a doubt my favourite, its always my first choice for editing in colour or black & white. The presets are intended to replicate the look of old films and I use a whole variety of different ones. They can occasionally look a little overdone but if you double tap the preset you can drag the slider back and reduce the effect. Once you’ve chosen your preset you can also adjust exposure, contrast, crop and various other settings. All of the above are edited with VSCO. There is also an image sharing element called the Grid but it’s not something I use. The three images above are edited in VSCO.
2 – SNAPSEED – this is a really powerful image editing app and one that I’ll use if VSCO isn’t giving me the look I want for an image. As well as basic editing tools it has a range of filters and effects as well as frames. If you are looking to make changes to your original file that aren’t so subtle this could be the app for you!
3 – HIPSTAMATIC – what’s not to love about Hipstamatic! Lots of lens and film combinations to give lots of different looks. I tend to go through phases where I use Hipstamatic constantly and then I don’t use it for a while, I’m in not using it mode at the moment but I’m sure I’ll be back to it before long!
4 – HUELESS – a great app for shooting in B&W, it allows you too adjust exposure and add coloured filters and see the effect before you take the picture. Its a really useful app for anyone who struggles to see whether an image is going to work in black & white.
5 – SLOW SHUTTER – This is a real “hit and miss” sort of app, I find I delete a lot of the pictures I take with it but I’d still highly recommend it. When you master it and get the effect you were hoping for its great! I would highly recommend giving it a try, experiment with the different settings and see if you can create something wonderful. The images below were taken with Slow Shutter and edited in VSCO.
Do you have a favourite photography app that I haven’t mentioned? Why not leave a comment and let me know, I always like to try new ones!