With today’s outstanding smartphone camera technology, capturing high-quality images has become more seamless and convenient. As simple as it is to take a snapshot on the go, the means of editing these photos can pose a problem.
Rather than uploading your smartphone’s photos to your computer for editing, there are a wide range of multi-faceted editing applications available at your fingertips. Obviously, no smartphone app can replace a good photo editing workflow that involves Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop, but the apps available today are definitely getting better and better.
Just like the image quality of your smartphone camera has been improving, so has its built-in editing programs. The pre-loaded editing software in phones like the HTC One M9 provide you with the essential editing tools for your photos.
If you don’t want to fuss too much with the image and maintain its natural look, this is an excellent editing option for you. The built-in app allows you to manipulate the exposure, contrast, saturation, size and filter. These simple features make it easier to enhance the quality of your photos without making too drastic of a change.
VSCO, which stands for Visual Supply Co, is an app that showcases a sleek, user-friendly interface for photo capturing and editing. This application offers a variety of filters, which help you adjust your photos while still maintaining their natural beauty. Their authentic-looking filters take on the same characteristics as those that stock photographers use, such as Kodak Portra or Fuji film stocks. This can increase the professional look of your photos.
In addition to its premiere filters, VSCO has a toolbox full of basic editing tools for adjusting the exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, clarity, fade and vignette. VSCO allows you to sync your photos to your tablet and online VSCO library, making them easy to share on social media or among your photographer friends.
SKRWT’s most notable capability is its keystone and lens-correction tool. This tools enables you to fix the horizontal and vertical perspective distortion that occurs with the fixed focal length of smartphone cameras. In addition to the classic rotation feature, you can also rotate or re-fix the virtual viewpoint of the photo’s origin point.
For example, if you take a photo of a building, you can rotate the viewpoint to make it appear as if you took the photo from the top, bottom or straight-on. This can give your photos more depth and reduce the amount of blank space in the composition. Offering a solution to the smartphone camera’s built-in, wide-angle lens, SKRWT features alternative lenses, including wide-angle zoom and tele-zoom, which give your photo the more professional look of a DSLR.
Afterlight offers a vast library of editing tools that are simple and easy to use. The app boasts 74 filters, 78 textures, 128 frames and 15 adjustment tools. It also offers standard and season filters.
However, the most notable part of this app is that it allows you to combine filters so you can create your own look. The texture features give your image a similar look to film, allowing you to add natural light leaks, Polaroid-inspired textures or authentic-looking film scratches. The frames are adjustable and are designed to translate well to Instagram, making it easy to share your enhanced photos with your friends and followers.