iPhonegraphy: Best Editing Apps for iPhone
As promised, here are my top three favourite iPhone editing apps, which I consider to be the best editing apps for iPhone. iPhonegraphy is great because of its speed, convenience, and accessibility. Taking a photo, editing it and posting it takes all of five minutes. I regularly try out new editing apps but the three I keep going back to will definitely be VSCOcam, MagicHour, and PicFX because of their usefulness, versatility, and value for money.
The iPhone apps I regularly use for editing: (ranked in the order of how much I use them)
I use it for: food, portraits, still life, landscapes, almost everything. It’s very versatile. The app has 10 different filters (my favourite filter is Filter #5 – try it and fall in love). What I really love about it is that it stores your photos in the app itself, so even if you delete your photo from the camera roll it will still be on VSCOcam, so it doubles as a storage app AND an editing app. If you’ve ever wondered how to get that minimalistic, clean “white” look for your photos, VSCOcam is the app for you. When exporting a photo, VSCOcam allows you to choose the size you want to export your photo in – 400px, 700px, 1024px, and full image size. I usually save my photos in 700px or 1024px if I upload them on Instagram because the resolution prevents any possible photo thieves from stealing the photo successfully. The only negative aspect of VSCOcam is it’s quite hard to get a vintage look from the filters provided – so if you’re looking for an app with filters like Instagram’s, it’ll be better if you tried MagicHour or PicFX.
*Note: at the time of this review, I was reviewing the original VSCOcam app, which has now been phased out into the new VSCOcam. This review is still applicable as there are the original VSCOcam filters available as an in-app purchase within the VSCO store.
I use it for: portraits and still life. MagicHour is great because of all the different filters created by other people that you can download and use. You can even find some of your favourite Instagrammers’ filters on the app market for you to experiment with (try thomtham, JY, profiphotograph and gingerlillytea‘s filters). You can create curves on your picture (a little like Photoshop) and adjust exposure/contrast/saturation via sliders. Vignettes and borders are also available for tweaking (the white vignette is something definitely to be tried on a soft, white photo). If I happen to accidentally overexpose a photo, I fix the exposure with MagicHour by using the exposure slider. It’s convenient, fast, and stress-free. It’s easy to get the vintage look using MagicHour because so many of the filters available for use are vintage. However, all photos must be sized into a square crop in MagicHour, which is a limitation for me.
I use it for: portraits and still life. I love it when app-makers regularly update their apps and PicFX is always updated with fresh new filters/overlays. From film filters to retro vintage style filters to bokeh/light leak/galaxy overlays, PicFX is value for money for all that you get out of it. You can basically create any kind of look you want from PicFX (minimalistic fans try out the PFX Film filters; vintage fans PFX Vintage filters; and creative fans try out everything + add in an overlay in PFX Light filters). For a unique vintage look, heap on a few filters by adding new layers (it’s as easy as pressing the +layers button). Like MagicHour, the only thing I don’t like about PicFX is that photos must be cropped in a square shape, which is limiting if let’s say, you happen to have a panorama or a landscape. As of February 2013, PicFX has been updated. Pictures are no longer required to be cropped in a square frame.