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Top 8 Photography Apps for your smartphone

Top 8 Photography Apps for your smartphone

Remember in the days when we had to carry around a digital camera just in case there’s a photo worthy moment to snap? Ever since smartphones were invented, we’re blessed with the convenience of a 2-in-1 technology device.

You may argue that a phone camera will not be able to capture pictures as great as a digital camera. Well, here’s some photography apps that will change your mind because yes, a smartphone can definitely capture pictures as awesome as a camera.

1. VSCO
VSCO is one of the most popular photo editing app downloaded. It has a load of filters and its photo editing tools are easy to use and pretty self explanatory. There are some free filters for you to download, as well as purchasable filter packs. The filters come in different themes and moods, depending on how you like your photos to turn out. On top of that, VSCO also has a community of photographers to share their photos, and you can join in the fun as well.

2. Snapseed
If you’re a beginner or an advanced iPhone photographer, Snapseed is the one for you. It’s versatile as it can be easy for beginners to use, yet has the comprehensive tools for advanced photographers to play with. Similar to VSCO, Snapseed has filters and editing tools. Snapseed has extensive editing tools and you can do more fine photo editing with this app. Photos can be enhanced with the Tune Image tool, which allows you to adjust your photo contrast, saturation, highlights and so on. Not only that, you can remove unwanted items that appear on your photo by simply using the Brush tool.

3. Enlight
If you are thinking of editing just a certain part of your photo, perhaps, just a splash of color on the grass; or giving your photo an artistic feel by adding some filters but not on the entire photo, then Enlight is the app for you. Enlight has filters that are different than the VSCO and Snapseed apps. It provides a filter that could change your photos into a painting or a sketch. Not forgetting, Enlight has a photo blending feature that allows you to blend to photos into one artistic looking photo. Back in the days, these photo editing skills require someone with the knowledge of Photoshop, now, with apps like these, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to do that.

4. LensDistortion
Your photo is done with some tweaks and editing with the perfect filter, but it’s still missing a little touch. Perhaps just a little lens flare would make the photo pop even more. Lens Distortion gives you the added beauty and dramatic effect on your photos. You can add rain, snow, sunlight, lens flare, shimmer or glitter on your photo without looking too tacky. You can easily adjust and play with the opacity of the overlay you add. Now, when we say it doesn’t look tacky, we mean that less is more. So don’t overdo with the flares and effect and your picture will look awesome.

5. Mextures
Now, if you like creative and distorted colors in your pictures, this is the app for you. Mextures will give your photos a vintage feel. The filters in this app are leaning towards the vintage film effects and it is incredibly gorgeous. You can add grain and gradient on your photo and easily adjust it with the layers you can pile on your photo. If you like the edits on your photos, and would want to apply them on your future photos, you can save your edits as presets so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of fine tuning it all over again.

6. Facetune 2
Whether you’re taking a portrait of your wife, or just a selfie of yourself, you’d always want to tweak your face a little to look a little more photogenic. Facetune 2 is the saviour if you’re having a bad skin day and would like to get rid of the blemish on your face. If you’re looking a little pale, and want some tan, leave it to the app. Don’t have pearly whites? No pearl-blem! Facetune 2 will help you whiten your teeth and even change the color of your eyes!

7. Foodie
As the name says it all, it’s THE app if you’re taking pictures of your food. Foodie has a bunch of filters that will make your food look even more delicious than it already is. It has filters groups that cater to what food photography you’re capturing. Ranging from sandwiches, ice creams, eggs, pastries, pasta and so on. So if you’re at a barbecue and would want to take a picture of your grilled steak and burgers, select the “Meat” filter and it will make your steak look so mouth-watering delicious. Or if you’re having a margarita by the beach and want to take a picture to show off to your friends, hit the “Drinks” filter and the colors of your cocktail will pop even brighter. This app is not just limited to just food pictures, you can even use it for a selfie or a scenery picture. You just need to play around with the filters and choose which theme you like.

8. Instagram
Last but not least, and probably the most used photography (and community) app, is Instagram. Do not underestimate its filters, for Instagram was the pioneer photography app to give us filters. Remember the first few filters? Valencia, Kelvin, X-Pro II, Hefe? Back then, all pictures were heavily filtered with Instagram filters. Today, Instagram has over 20 filters and editing tools that are so easy and straightforward to use, it’s just a few hits of buttons and you got yourself a great artistic photo. Not forgetting the added bonus features of Instagram where you can add fonts, stickers and GIFs to your photos. You can do this by uploading your photo on your Instastories, then add on these stickers and so forth, and you don’t exactly have to post it up on your Instagram, you can just save them to your camera roll. Simple isn’t it? Indeed it is.

Hence, with technology moving forward day by day, a lot of things have been made simpler, convenient and fun. Try on these apps and play around and get a feel of it before deciding which is more suited to your preference. Sometimes you might need to even use more than 1 photography app to get the perfect photo. The key here is to find the mood and theme that you like and go with it.

New features of Instagram in year 2018

New features of Instagram in year 2018

Instagram has been updating its features over the months and each of their updates has never disappoint us, except for the algorithm part. There’s quite a number of updates and we are here to take a look at all the new features that rolled out in 2018.

1. New Fonts and Type Mode

Before this, we were only give one font to place over our Instagram stories. As of today, we’re given 5 different fonts – classic, modern, neon, typewriter and strong.

Remember when you’d had to take a pic with a black background just to type an essay of your rant. With the Type Mode introduced, gone were the days where you’d want to rant on something but don’t need a picture for that post.

 

2. Poll, Gifs, Hashtag and Mentions

 

You may also notice that Instagram has added the Mention and Hashtag in the pull up menu. Now you may tag people and hashtag with a more enhanced color. It’s nothing different than your good old way of just adding the @ before tagging people and # before you type in your hashtags. The Poll feature was a great hit when it was newly introduced. Everyone started asking questions in  their stories which is a great way to interact with your followers. However, a lot of people didn’t know that their voting is NOT anonymous, until they found out the hard way- voting jokingly that someone does not look cute in their new outfit, then being confronted by that person. Ooops.

The most popular and best new update to our Instastory game is the GIF feature. We were blessed and grateful enough to have the IG stickers and emojis to be added in our stories, but Instagram heard our prayers and kept up with the trend to throw in GIF in this bundle. Instastory has never been more interesting and fun to watch.

Recently, Instagram has also introduced another poll feature, called the emoji slider. You can no select the emoji you want on the slider, and your followers will vote by sliding. The results of the poll is based on the average sliding meter.

 

3. Mute stories and posts

 

When Facebook allowed us to unfollow someone’s posts without having to unfriend them, it was the best idea ever. You know what we mean. There will be someone in your friends list that posts annoying and uninteresting opinions on their Facebook and you just do not want to see any of those. But at the same time you can’t unfriend them because of some reason. So UNFOLLOWING their post was the best thing ever. You remaind Facebook friends, but you don’t get their annoying updates. Instagram first had this feature only on Instastory posts. However, over the past few months, this new added feature was announced and everyone was ecstatic. You can now mute posts!

Here’s how:

Press the three dots on the top right of the post.

Hit “Mute”

Choose to “Mute Posts” only or “Mute Posts and Story”.

P/S: We did not mute @verge posts nor story, it was merely an example, we promise.

4. Follow hashtags

This is a great new feature because you no longer have to go to the discover page to search for hashtags and scroll through your favorite hashtag topics. Hashtag following is so convenient now as they appear on your timeline as well. It usually shows content from the most popular and most liked posts. We believe the certain account’s post will appear frequently according on your own interaction as well, for example if you liked the hashtag post shown on your timeline, its account’s posts are more likely to appear on your timeline.

 

5. Adding username and hashtag on your profile

 

Useful for anyone with secondary account and especially if you want your brand hashtags to be known. Great feature for companies with sister brands and want to get the brand out there in the Instagram world. It’s convenient now because you can just simply hit on the username or hashtag and you’d be brought to the page or hashtag posts.

 

6. IGTV


This brand new feature was quite confusing at first because we don’t know what’s the purpose of this. After a while, it hit us that it’s just like a YouTube channel inside the Instagram portal. It also makes sense this feature exists because everyone knows that you can only post 1 minute long videos on your Instagram post and 15 seconds videos on your Instastory. IGTV allows videos longer than 1 minute to be posted on your Instagram account. Social media influencers and especially YouTubers could make great use of this IGTV. Notice how they would promote their new videos on YouTube on their Instagram posts or stories to have their followers watch them? With IGTV, their followers do not need to exit the Instagram app and could just watch their videos via IGTV.

 

7. Video Calling


YES! You can now do video calls via Instagram! And word of the mouth is, it supports GROUP VIDEO CALL at up to 4 calls

If you hadn’t notice, there is a video icon in the DM now.

The best part is, you can multitask while video calling. As in, you can continue scrolling on instagram. This is great because even iPhone’s FaceTime has yet to allow a group FaceTime call.

 

Is there any feature that we’ve missed out? Which one is your favorite feature of Instagram?

Let us know!

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