19 July 2017

The Photo Editing Apps Every Blogger Needs


In the blogging world, we all strive to capture that perfect image. When I first started I used to look at peoples photos and think 'Why don't mine look that good?' The answer is editing. Yes a decent camera can capture a great shot, but editing a photo to brighten it, sharpen, and play around with the tones and colours can really improve an image. I normally flick between these three apps for editing my photos:

ColourStory
ColourStory is the first app I open. This app has a great feature that allows you to brighten certain areas of your image if it's too dark. To access this feature go to Tools -> Adjust -> Curves. Then drag the line around your image until you're happy with the result. ColourStory has a lot of other cool features and filters, but I only tend to use the Curves option and sometimes I will adjust the Vibrance.


FaceTune
FaceTune is the only app on this list that isn't free. (Although it was when I first downloaded it). I believe it is £3.99 at the moment, which still isn't too bad. The two main things I use FaceTune for is whitening and defocusing. If you're looking for a particular area of your image to be whiter, there is a feature which lets you colour in the area to do so. The defocus and blur feature is a great little tool if your camera doesn't do the job of capturing that 'professional blur' you see a lot. Again, with this tool you just 'colour in' the area you want to appear more blurred and out of focus.


VSCO
Finally we have VSCO, which I actually don't use too much on my blog, but rather on Instagram. If you follow a theme, or just want your Instagram layout to look a certain way, this is a great app. It has a wide range of filters which you can choose the intensity of. It also allows you to add presets so all your photos will automatically have the exact same settings applied to them.


Another little thing worth mentioning, is actually the built in photos app for iPhone. I actually use this a lot, particularly for the Brilliance, and Black Point settings. 

Do you use any of these apps? Which apps would you recommend?

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36 comments

  1. I love all of these, they're so easy to use as well! x

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  2. I love using VSCO for both my blog and my Insta but I've heard so many good things about ColourStory too!

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  3. I will definitely be downloading ColourStory, I had never heard of it, but I think I definitely need it :) x

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  4. Great post, thanks for sharing! I love using VSCO Cam! Definitely going to download ColourStory! xo

    Hanney | www.blogabouthanney.com

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  5. I haven't tried colour story but I seem to be seeing it everywhere lately. I need to try it!
    The other two are firm favorites though.

    Love this post. I'm all about sharing tips!

    www.seeweardo.co.uk

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  6. From these three I only started to use VSCO. I like it although the photos look way better on the phone than on the blog. Now I downloaded ColourStory and I can't wait to play with it. Thank you for sharing.

    Antonia || Sweet Passions
    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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  7. LOVE your blog & your blogpost 😍
    Rae xoxo
    http://www.Raexoxo.com & http://www.RaexoxoMonthly.com

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  8. I actually need a new photo editing app, so thanks for sharing :)

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  9. I love editing pictures but I tend to do it on my laptop, I'm definitely going to try out Colour Story though as its just what I look for it a photo editing app.

    Lisa | Soho Stripes

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  10. I couldn't live without ColourStory and FaceTune!!

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  11. phone I actually just use the photoshop Lightroom app on my phone because it's free, so I'll have to check these apps out x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

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  12. I use all of these, couldn't edit without them haha

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  13. I usually do all my photo editing on my computer so I've never really explored any blogging apps. However Colour story looks great for brightening so I'll go and download that for Instagram picture editing! Fab post,
    Zara xx

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  14. I use lightbox for a lot of my work, but I am going to give these a try (especially the first on the list! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    www.caviartastebolognabudget.com

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    1. Update. ColorStory is now a must for me.

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  15. I only always use VSCO and I love it!
    http://www.annesperks.com/

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  16. I tend to use Snapseed on my Samsung phone. I couldn't get on with ColourStory and VSCO before but maybe I'll give them another go - your before and after pics are amazing! X

    Lisa | www.lisamclachlan.co.uk

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  17. I love VSCO and have been using it for years. ColorStory I have a few of the extra packs and love it for a good colourful edit. But something more muted I stick to VSCO.

    Michelle x
    www.wanderingcuriosities.com

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  18. I've just started using ColorStory and it makes a lot of difference x

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  19. I've only ever used VSCO before, I'll have to check out the other 2 as I really want to up my photography game

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.com/

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  20. i've used all of these before they are so so handy arent they!

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  21. Ah, I don't have an iPhone but Android has some nice apps to work with too. I mostly do my edits on Instagram itself though as they have added so many good features. x

    ♥ Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  22. I've never heard of these apps so thanks for the recommendations ❤️

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  23. this was such a helpful post, I just tried these apps out and I'm very impressed with them so thank you x

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  24. I've been looking for a post to help me with my photo editing skills, this is a great post, will be coming back to this later today x

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  25. I haven't heard of these but will definitely check them out :) Great post!

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  26. Did know about the 2 first apps! Really need to check them out they seem amazing! Thank you for sharing :D

    Kirsty
    www.corinneandkirsty.com

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  27. This has been really useful! Since Photobucket has changed I've been looking for something to use instead of it, thank you for the post! :)

    Jess xx
    http://littlepinkduckblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. I probably really could use all of those :p I've always just edited the old-fashioned way, so these tips are right on time, thank you for sharing! :)

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  29. I love ColourStory! Definitely one of my favourite apps for editing photos!
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

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  30. SO HELPFUL! Vsco has always been an essential for me but I hadn't heard of the other ones x

    Morgan // www.justmorgs.com

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  31. This is such a helpful lil list!

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  32. This is so helpful I'm always a little clueless at editing my photos, this will really help me out!

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  33. I don't use any of these, I'm obsessed with after light!

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  34. Great post, I really need to try some of these features! I didn't know about the curve one on ColorStory!

    Ellie x

    elliesbitsofbeauty.wordpress.com

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