I get a ton of comments on my Instagram asking what photo-editing apps I use, and while I try my best to reply to each one, I think it’s better if I just make a proper entry about it. Don’t you think so too? My old post is so outdated, I don’t even use those apps anymore!
If you’re new to this blog and have no idea what I’m talking about, I created an iPhoneography post early 2012 enumerating the apps that I use for the pictures I post on Instagram. Fast-forward 1 1/2 years later, and you’ll be surprised how technology has evolved so much in such a short span of time! Better apps have come out, much to my delight.
The first one that I recommend is Camera360, though I’m pretty sure most people already have it as it’s very popular, and the MagicSkin filters do wonders for selfie junkies.
Other personal faves from the selection of effects include the Sketch filter, LightColor and Retro color filters. HelloCamera app can more or less do the same things too.
The second one that I recommend is PhotoWonder, which is a quick way to prettify yourself with its magical Beautify features. So magical that you may end up not looking like yourself at all if you abuse the editing options (see exaggerated example below, lol). Some of the filters are really out-of-this-world (Breast enlargement, anyone?), and I only use the Skin filter and Blemish Fix if I feel like cheating a bit. But generally Camera360 MagicSkin Natural or Glossy filter does the job already, so this is the option to go for if you feel like your face needs a lift.
The third app that I recommend is Afterlight, which is God’s gift to photographers looking for the perfect editing app. This isn’t a free app though, but I assure you it is worth every cent. I used to be so amazed by VSCO before Afterlight came out, but Afterlight is on a totally different level. What I like about it most is that you layer filters and the opacity of each action you make. If you’re a fan of Photoshop layers like me, you’d love this! As for what exact filters I use, it’s a mix of different ones depending on my mood. Sometimes I go crazy and do something along the lines of 20% Atlas, 20% Sage, 15% Nico, 10% Idaho, 5% Dallas, 5% Whim, +5 Saturation, +10 Temperature. Now, this is just random word vomit, so don’t count on the previous sentence to make your photos look good, lol. Anyhow, it is also the app that I use to make my circle photos.
Fourth app recommendation is Landcam, which I’ve only bought recently so I haven’t taken a lot of pictures with it yet. However, I find myself slowly falling in love with it and its filters! If you ask me, Landcam is like a better version of VSCO, though I know VSCO has a loyal fanbase of its own.
Landcam has a double exposure feature which is something that other apps don’t have. But my favorite feature about it are tastefully-made fonts, textures, sketches and light leaks.
Ever wondered what to do with pictures that just look better when they’re not square-cropped? If you’ve been following my IG (@tgosingtian), you might’ve already noticed how my style of fitting vertical ootds into an Instagram-ready square. I’ve been using the Squaready app! What’s nice about it is that you can choose the color of the background (as other apps are mostly limited to black and white) and you have the option to push the photo off-center.
The next app I recommend is Cameran, by Ninagawa Mika, one of my photography idols. She is known for elaborate details, intricate sets, and high saturation. I love what she did with Helter Skelter (her manga-based movie starring Sawajiri Erika) and of course, AKB48’s Heavy Rotation music video!
I particularly adore this “Shower” filter with the rose petals and light bokeh.
And last but not the least, I recommend LINE Cam for the filters and the unique stamps. I love these face stamps that you can add to your food/product shots to make them look instantly cute! LINE Cam also has some adorable frames that are quite reminiscent of Purikura borders so this app is a must for those who have a penchant all things kawaii!
I hope this updated app post helps! As I said before, different strokes for different folks, and I’m sure there are better photography and editing applications out there. But these are the ones that work best for me and my type of aesthetics. Good luck experimenting with these apps! Feel free to comment below if you have any more recommendations similar to these.
My iPhone 4s has been both the worst and best thing that has ever happened to me recently. I purchased mine last December, just before I went to Fukuoka, because I was getting quite bored of my BlackBerry (BBM had no use for me anymore) and because I’ve always wanted to get an iPhone since the beginning.
Prior to my 4s, I got an iPod Touch last May 2011 when I went to the Clear Expo in Shanghai thanks to Unilever. Since then I found myself using my iPod Touch more often than my BB. Not a lot of people text me anyway (lol), so might as well spend for other things like apps. Rarely do I get bored now since all I have to do is play games on my phone. It’s always Triple Town time for me whenever I have idle moments. (Unlimited Triple Town turns. I gave in! I obviously have no self-control.)
Getting an iPhone 4s meant being able to sync it properly and easily with my MacBook Pro. Transferring files to and from my phone suddenly became so convenient. It also meant being able to use all the shiny photography apps I used to have in my iPod Touch, but of course with 99999999x better quality. And this is why it has also been the worst! My iPhone 4s has also turned me into a lazy photographer, especially since my 5D Mk II (with my 24-70L lens) weighs like a freakin’ baby!
A lot of people have been asking me on Instagram what my favorite photography and editing apps are so I figured I should just make a proper blog entry about it. You have to pay for some of these apps but most of them are really affordable anyway!
And it’s always better to purchase original applications than to have your iPhone jailbroken and stuff.
Princess Cam. Every girl should have this application, imho. You can manually put make-up, false eyelashes and circle lenses on yourself if you feel like saving yourself from looking crappy in a picture.
It also works like purikura or neoprint, so you can customize your backgrounds and write whatever you want using different kinds of glittery pens.
Fake pink cheeks, and lots and lots of Liz Lisa-ish flowers. Other stamps available include fake boater hats and giant ribbons. Perfect for those into gyaru and ulzzang aesthetics.
Pudding Camera is a Korean app which might look familiar once you get to try the different filters out. I believe some K-pop personalities like SNSD’s Jessica and Sooyoung, KARA’s Jiyoung, Hara and Seungyeon, T-ara’s Eunjung, Q-ri, Hyomin and Jiyeon and Wonder Girls’ Ye Eun and Yubin use this application for their selcas and whatnot. I like their Motion 2x2 camera best, as well as their Vintage Blue and Noir filters. The Panorama camera is nice for landscapes as well!
Morebeaute is an editing application to easily make your skin nicer. I cheat, but at least I admit to using this app for help! :)
Before and after Morebeaute magic. Instantly smooth skin and no more eyebags!
Camera+ has got to be my must-have photography application of all time. I take almost all my pictures using Camera+ before I upload them anywhere else. It’s pretty much like a mini Lightroom/Photoshop for your iPhone. What I like most is that you can adjust the opacity of the effects to your liking.
ClassicINSTA is one of my most recent purchases. It makes your photos have these wonderful, textured polaroid-ish frames that I am so in love with.
It also has an option to open the photo on Camera+ for editing or to upload the photo on Instagram for posting. Saves a lot of time and effort.
The ClassicInstant and Vintage CLS filters are very well-made ones that don’t make your pictures look too edited and too fake. Just the right, classy amount of film and lomo goodness.
The picture on the left is a picture of a picture because I’m lame like that. Hello love!
Just for the lulz, I really like Hubba Hubba. The other captions are quite hilarious but for these examples I just used the safest, most boring ones so as not to seem like a complete goofball in case anyone stumbles upon by blog for the first time.
I think I look better with a mustache, yes?
And this post will not be complete without INSTAGRAM! I swear I’m on this app 24/7.
My account is like a mini blog where I post pretty much everything else that I don’t get to post in here…
…like the food I eat.
And more food for the bottomless pit that is my stomach.
(P.S. My boyfriend and I ate at The Goose Station last January and it was glorious in so many ways! All the dishes looked like art.)
Instagram really makes it so much easier for me to share the most shallow things… including my nails.
I can never go out with bare nails anymore.
And of course my travels. After my Fukuoka trip, many people asked me if I took these pictures with my dSLR and then transferred them to my iPhone to post on Instagram. Too much effort! I cannot!
This is 100% iPhone 4s quality! Exactly why I have grown to be such a lazy photographer. I’m quite excited for the future because I’m sure at one point they’ll be able to invent some sort of iPhone-sized dSLR or something. I hope I’ll still be alive by then!
ClassicINSTA + Instagram. Here are some random mannequins I saw at the Forever 21 Megamall store a few days ago. I’m so happy they have a lot of girly lace and ribbons in their current collection since I’ve been preparing my spring wardrobe as early as now.
Speaking of Forever 21, do check out the stores asap for the loveliest trends: Color Surge (pair two-tone pieces with primary brights), Cruise Control (inspired by the French Riviera of the 1930s, this collection makes waves with iconic resort looks with a fresh twist), Gamine Charm (dainty little details, soft fabrics and pale hues) and Oriental Opulence (eastern elegance). Love!
A part of my shoe collection. Every time I get new shoes as gifts from online stores, I post them on Instagram. Here’s a different filter from the rest, for a change.
I know I abuse the Earlybird filter. Sorry guys!
Having an iPhone made me even lazier to take proper outfit photos too, so some of my outfits appear on my Instagram feed days or even weeks before I actually get to do my usual self-timer magic.
Sometimes I even dream about doing an actual iPhone photoshoot with an actual model! One of these days, I just might push through with this idea. Talk about iPhone addiction.
Hope this post helps! Different strokes for different folks, and I’m sure there are better photography and editing applications out there. However, I’m just sharing the ones that I’ve been using the most since I got my 4s 2 months ago. Most of the apps I use are paid ones so I suggest something like the BPI My ePrepaid MasterCard if you don’t have your own credit card for iTunes. It’s a reloadable prepaid MasterCard that you can use for *drum roll* online shopping, besides purchasing from your favorite shops and restaurants. You won’t get billed for your purchases like a credit card and you won’t have to link your card to an existing savings account like a debit card. Click on the ad on my sidebar for more information. :)
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone! Let me know by commenting below which apps are your favorites!