Editing photos is something I have really come to find as a therapeutic activity for myself. I am sure not everyone feels the same way since it is so incredibly time consuming and that doesn’t include the hours spent actually taking the raw photos. I know not all of us a bloggers or need to take staged photos with great cameras for Instagram or blog posts. However, if you truly enjoy taking a large amount of pictures, I think that the program I use most is absolutely worth the investment. But, if you are just the average IPhone picture taker that needs a little brightness here and contrast there than I have a couple of apps that would be just right for you!
Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop are amazing programs. Well, as you probably already know, anything Adobe can be quite useful. The only real downside is that it does cost money to have these on your computer and adding on different Adobe software costs extra. While you might think that there are so many ways to edit photos with all of the free apps out there these days I think the simple fact that Lightroom can edit so quickly and stunningly as well as being able to have the software program on any device (laptop, IPad, desktop, IPhone) makes the $10 a month very worth it! It used to be a large fee paid at once for a yearly membership but luckily they made it more convenient and wallet friendly.
If you don’t already know the difference, Adobe Photoshop is catered towards changing the size of the photo, combining multiple images, removing objects. You could create images basically from scratch, banners, graphics and new design templates. Adobe Lightroom is the program I spend the most time with. This is used for adjusting and enhancing your photos. You can create preset edit to be applied to your photos or use ones that Adobe has already created for you.
Exposure, contrast and whites are my favorite features to use for editing. I love that the program allows me to see the before and after as well as saving all versions in my library. These edits truly show the intensity of the colors being enhanced and the photos have a bit more clarity as well. It truly makes the “after” look so stunningly bright and clear without changing too much from the raw photo. I love how much more the red pops on the Vogue magazine. It is so simple to use this program after spending a couple times using it and it also provides a “walk through” the first time that explains different feature. It truly is amazing and totally adds that extra touch my photos crave.
Now, if you are thinking – eh, not for me. I don’t take near enough photos and/or don’t want to spend t he time on developing my images. Then fine! I have two apps on my IPhone that I have absolutely loved and do a similar but less job as Lightroom. The first app is Snapseed. I love the tune image tool that allows me to adjust different things like brightness, ambiance, warmth and more. Probably my favorite feature on this app is the selective tool because you can pick one area or multiple different areas and adjust the brightness, contract, saturation and structure.
Another great app is Afterlight. I love this one as well but one thing that makes this different than Snapseed is it has filter options. Some you have to pay an extra $.99 for but in my opinion the good ones are free. I love using the “seasons” pack most but they are all beautiful! This one is definitely not as user friendly and takes a few uses to truly learn the different features. While it definitely leans towards editing the tone of your photos you can still edit clarity, contrast and brightness.
Okay, so now I might have you confused as to which program you should download, right? Adobe is definitely geared more towards the photographer that the bloggers and/or people who just enjoy taking the time to edit all of their photos. A little bit of a more than the average photo taker. Snapseed is amazing for someone who wants a convenient and easy app to you on their phone that can do almost everything an editing program can. You still get amazing photos and the possibilities are quite endless with this one for an IPhone app. Afterlight is the perfect app for the photographer that loves playing around with filters and image tone. While I do love this app, there truly isn’t not much you can do in the conventional sense of editing your photos. I generally only go for this one if I want to add on a great filter otherwise I definitely reach for Snapseed more often!