Friday, 8 May 2015

Four Smartphone apps that will transform your photos:

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We don’t all have the cash or knowledge for an extravagant DSLR camera. Luckily, in the age of technology, all you need to create high-quality photos is a smartphone.

From cropping and filtering to sharing with your network, these apps are a cost-effective way of taking your photography skills to the next level. To help you transform your photos, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite photo apps for your phone.

More than just a photo editor, Instagram is actually a social network. It allows you to crop, filter, saturate and frame your photos to transform them into something you can be proud of. You can then share your photos with your network, and comment on and like photos that you’re impressed with. If you’re looking to branch-out from your network, Instagram allows you to search for users and hashtags that pique your interest. It is available on IOS and Android.

Photo: App store
Adobe Photoshop Express:
If you have an interest in photography or design, you’ve no doubt heard of Adobe’s highly successful photo editing and design tool, Photoshop. A free version of the software is now available for IOS and Android. The app is basic, but allows you to apply quick changes to your photos including editing exposure and shadows, and applying filters. If you want more out of the app, you can upgrade to Adobe Photoshop touch for $9.99.

Photo: App store
Available on IOS and Android, VSCO has a great reputation among budding photographers. The app will let you take photos through different grids and allows you to alter the white-balance (this affects the colours in your photo). After you’ve taken the photo you’re then able to crop, sharpen and alter exposure and saturation.  Although it offers a range of useful tools, I didn’t find this one particularly user-friendly.
Photo: App store

Last but not least, Snapseed is a powerful app with a simple user-interface. It offers the usual editing features including changing brightness, exposure and saturation, plus some very attractive filters. This app is very easy to use, and allows you to edit your photos by swiping right or left.
Photo: App store

What is your favourite photography app?

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