The 5 Photography Apps You Do Actually Need



Filters, hashtags,'s big business.  And the photography itself can amount to a lot of work if you let it.  Recently there's been an influx of "How I Edit My Photos For Instagram" videos and blog posts in my feed and it's easy to get sucked in and start thinking you need X, Y and Z apps to get the most out of your camera.  After experimenting with lots of different editing apps I think I've got a combination sorted.  Keep reading for the best of the best.

Instagram | Because how are you going to improve your Instagram feed without the app itself?  For me, it's the last step in my editing process which I use as a last minute attempt to lighten/brighten/sharpen/whatever.  As a trend, Instagram is no longer enough....but I disagree!  The filters available are getting better and better and the option to tweak the photo settings is the best thing Instagram ever implemented.  It doesn't stop me experimenting with additional editing programmes though....

VCSO Cam | Ah, the blogger's favourite.  VCSO has a tonne of filters available - some free, some to buy - so you can really go to town on experimenting until you get the look you want.  You can copy and paste edits as well, to give all of your photos a similar feel, and I know lots of people use their VSCO library as a way to see if their photos fit together nicely and create a cohesive theme when displayed as a grid.  The general settings are great too - you can straighten, adjust horizontal and vertical perspectives, crop, change saturation levels and loads more.

Photoshop Express | Wait, wait....I know what you're thinking, but no!  I don't use Photoshop to, well, photoshop my pictures.  Not only does it offer a range of free filters and an anti-red eye setting, there's also the option to upgrade which unlocks of extra features including (my favourite) 'reduce noise'.  This is the main only reason I use PS; it gets rid of any grain (great for when you've used the front facing camera) and coupled with the 'defog' option which removes any cloudy appearance your photos may have, it forms the foundations for a really clear shot.

Filterra | Filterra was an unexpected find which admittedly I'm yet to explore fully.  For the moment, I love using it to adjust the curves of a photo as you can in Photoshop or PicMonkey Pro, to add light and make everything look brighter.

InstaVogue | A month or so back lots of people were singing Facetune's praises for the whitening app which allowed you to make white backgrounds look extra white.  I'm always reluctant to shell out for apps that I'll only be using one feature of, so I did a little research and stumbled upon InstaVogue.  It's free and has the same tooth whitening detail which lets you scrub your finger over any aspects of your photo which aren't white enough, brightening things up a treat.

I'll admit I enjoy layering up effects to try and get the best possibly picture, but it's also key to remember to take a step back every now and then see just how 'real' your photo still looks.  Sometimes I'll filter the shizz out of a shot only to realise it's virtually unrecognisable from the original.  This is all well and good depending on the look you're going for, but I think it's important to inject a bit of reality into your Instagram feed every now and then!

Are there any editing apps you use which I've missed?


  1. Hey Lorna,
    Great post on photography, I love VSCOCAM at the minute. I even tried to download InstaVogue from your recommendation but sadly I couldn't find it in apps.

    Not Copper Armour // Bloglovin'

    1. Oh no, that's so annoying! Are you on android? It's showing on my appstore! x

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