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5 best mobile photo-editing apps

1. VSCO

If you haven't heard of Visual Supply Co. (VSCO), you might be living under a rock. In case, you don't know, VSCO is basically apply filter, adjust, and your done. You can post your image to your wall or profile for the world to see. However, it is not as big of a social media platform as Facebook or Instagram. I use this app whenever I want to get a certain look as they have some good filters and some are even free to download.

VSCO features many filters as well as normal editing tools

VSCO features many filters as well as normal editing tools

2. Filmborn

Filmborn is a fairly new app compared to the ones listed in this article. Filmborn was created by the talented people at Mastin Labs. Mastin Labs is a company that makes presets that are very close to replicating film stocks. The film stocks in the app currently are Fuji, Ilford, and Kodak featuring the most popular stocks by each company. I mostly use this app for black and white as I love the look of HP5.

Filmborn includes many popular film stocks such as Kodak Portra and Ilford Delta 3200.

Filmborn includes many popular film stocks such as Kodak Portra and Ilford Delta 3200.

3. Squaready

I feel like not a lot of people have heard of Squaready. If you have been on Instagram for a couple years now, you will know Instagram used to crop every photo that you post. Now, horizontal photos are able to shown at full size whereas vertical photos are still cropped. If you haven't guessed it by now Squaready enables you to add a color border to your vertical photos or any orientation photo. Thus, allowing you to fit the entire photo without crop. You can also create a border on any of the edges. “How do those photographers get that nice white border around their photos?” Now, you know!

Squaready allows you to not crop vertical photos in Instagram.

Squaready allows you to not crop vertical photos in Instagram.

4. Snapseed

Created by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google, is a photo editing app that has some tools that are not usually found in mobile photo editing apps. Those tools include brush, healing, curves, and text. Most of these features are only offered in paid computer photo editing software such as Photoshop. The one tool I use the most is selective adjustment. On the go, I am able to selective adjust photos that may need darkened or lightened in certain parts of the photo.

Snapseed's selective adjustment tools allows you to switch between brightness, contrast, saturation, or structure by swiping up or down. 

Snapseed's selective adjustment tools allows you to switch between brightness, contrast, saturation, or structure by swiping up or down. 

5. Lightroom Mobile

Some people may not be able to use this app as you need a Adobe Creative Cloud account to use this app. However, if you do already have Lightroom and/or Photoshop, download Lightroom mobile for on the go editing. Apple within the past year have allowed iPhones to shoot in RAW. The standard camera app does not allow you to shoot in RAW though. Lightroom mobile allows you to shoot in RAW (DNG) and control most of your exposure setting such as ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Allowing you to get the most out of your photos. 

Lightroom mobile allows you to shoot in DNG and adjust exposure comp, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance all before you take the photo.

Lightroom mobile allows you to shoot in DNG and adjust exposure comp, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance all before you take the photo.

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3 reasons why you need a “pro” photographer

1. Stress relief

It would be my best guess that your wedding day will be one of the most stressful days. You have your dress, the ceremony, the reception, and a hangover to worry about. Why add to the stress even more? Let a photographer deal with documenting this stressful day. Your photographer will allow you to relive your wedding day through high quality photos. 

Your photographer should also be keeping you on time. A wedding photographer should be wary of time management. You need to be able to know how much time you have left to shoot and when and where certain things are happening. Thus, allowing you to be able to get all the shots.

2. “Pro” pictures

If you hired a decent photographer, you should get some professional photos. Depending on what you signed for and all your add-ons, you either get your photos digitally or be able to have them printed. A photographer will be using a high-quality camera and more than likely is better than your iPhone. 

This allows for high-quality prints that you can blowup to a big size. Whether if it’s wedding day, special event or just a birthday party, a pro photographer will deliver high-quality photos.

3. Capture the moment

You may be thinking, I’ll just take the photos or have a friend do it or my iPhone pictures will be good enough. Those maybe true. You can definitely not hire a “pro” photographer. But what you don't get is, the moment. Photographers are trained and practice to capture the moment. They know what to look for and how to capture it. You can live with your iPhone photos or you can relive the moment with a “pro” photographer.

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