The #iphoneedit hashtag became popular on my Instagram feed when the influencers became obsessed with the power of the iPhone photo-editing apps. Who would have thought that you could do some edits on your mobile phone that previously Photoshop or Lightroom on your computer could only do? Over the years, these photo-editing apps have grown in numbers, evolved and even became more efficient, thanks to the upgraded specifications of the current smartphones in the market and of course the talent and hard work of the app developers.
So for this blog post, let me share with you the photo-editing apps I often use on my smartphones:
Perhaps the most-successful photo-editing app for both iOS and Android, this became my go-to app because of its user-friendly, intuitive navigation and the myriad of presets available for download, both free and paid. I have downloaded each and every presets available at the time of release. I was extremely excited when they were releasing teasers (usually a day before the availability). They have improved over the years but I still prefer the previous UI over the new one with the joystick.
I was one of the beta testers of this app and I was very active in providing feedback. RNI Films (available for iOS) offers film-simulated presets divided into categories: Negative, Slide, Instant, Black and White and Vintage. It is proud to offer genuine film grain and not digital noise. Recently, they released another iPhone app called RNI Flashback where you could have your digital photo look analog in just one tap. I used it and this photo is featured on their site.
UPDATE: ReallyNiceImages now offers RNI Colibri - making the digital colors pop in a subtle way.
Priime is also one of my favorites. According to its app introduction, it smartly analyzes what's in the photo then it recommends style that would fit the theme. Priime collaborated with Instagram influencers to create different styles. What I like about the app is the ability to select and save styles as Favorite since there were really a lot of styles available. I bought all for $9.99. And just recently, they have introduced Priime Collections which allows you to curate your own images per category, unlike VSCO Grid.
UPDATE: Priime now offers black and white styles and they're good!
I got excited when Blackie app was introduced; their marketing team was good, but at the back of my mind, it's just another app that will add-up to the other trying-hard iOS photo-editing app. But I was wrong! Blackie lets you transform ordinary photos to extraordinary. It's black and white processing has a soul. It let's your images come alive even if it's black and white. And recently, they have started to showcase the photos made with Blackie.
A COLOR STORY
If you want vibrance on your Instagram feed rather than those moody or dreamy look, I highly recommend A Color Story app. It offers dozens of filters that will make your photos pop. The only downsize for me is that you always have to press the check-mark every time you want to apply the modifications, which slows down the editing process; and the icons are too small.
Adobe Lightroom has an iOS app but Polarr allows you to save your created presets; it also offers in-app purchases for several presets. Without the monthly paid subscription, you can also utilize the Radial, Gradient, Color and Brush masks for a one-time purchase. I was one of the beta testers of this app and it has grown over the months as it also introduces other editing options. However, the developer is planning to monetize through an annual subscription, which for me is a deal breaker since I'd rather purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription as I could maximize it on several devices, including Android.
There are just a few of the iPhone editing apps that I use. Watch out for Part 2 of this series.