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4 essential free apps for mobile photography

Almost everybody uses a smartphone these days, and this has tremendously increased the amount of images that we share every day. Every social platform we knew of has brought in features for their users to share images. And, everybody wants their photo to look pretty before they share them on social media.
This made me think of sharing a few words about a couple of mobile apps that are very helpful for me in processing the images I shoot these days. Even though the mobile-only method sounds unconventional to many, I stand by it for a few reasons.
  • Easy of use
  • Simple
  • Saves time
  • Runs on any basic smartphone.
The list I’ve shared below is my personal best. I’ve used this for a while and I am happy with these apps. There might also be others that you know of. If so, kindly write about them in the comments section. And, the apps mentioned below are available for both Android and iOS platforms.
Now, let’s jump into the list.
Snapseed by Google
Snapseed is the basic photo editing app I would recommend to anyone. It’s an excellent app for basic image editing. You can crop; control basic parameters like brightness, contrast, saturation, etc; apply from a range of filters; add borders etc.

Processed using Snapseed

But, it has a few limitations. You can’t choose specific colours and increase their saturation; you can’t adjust hue and the range of filters are highly limited.

Processed using Snapseed

According to me, snapseed should be a basic app in every mobile photographer’s arsenal.
VSCO cam is another great app for adding great tones to your images. Even though they offer limited filters, they look really good on most of the images.
Additional fine tuning can be done, but it will take a few minutes for you to figure out how to use them. When it comes to interface, VSCO stand second to Snapseed

Processed using VSCO cam. Text added using Typorama

Also every time VSCO asks you to import photos from the gallery to its own gallery, which I feel is kind of an additional job. The reason they do it is they have their own platform where VSCO users can share the images edited using the app.
Mix by Camera 360
This is my recent favourite. I love this app for the customisation it offers. It offers great filters, customisation and it also comes pre-loaded with a bunch of cool effects.
The summer filter in the app is great for processing landscapes. I really love it.
edited using mix (FILEminimizer)

Processed using Mix. Applied filter: Summer

Also, the effects tab lets you add cool effects like thunderous clouds, sunset skies, etc.
processed using mix

Effects added using Mix

Pixlr by Autodesk
Pixlr allows you to carry out basic functions like any other photo app. But, what makes it special?
  • You can create double exposure images
  • Brighten/darken (dodge/burn) specific areas of an image
  • Remove spots in your image (Heal)

I don’t use Pixlr much as I use the other three in various combination. But, its a great tool to work with.

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with B5 preset

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