iPhone Photography App Guide (the Apps I Use with Instagram)

iPhone Photography App Guide (the Apps I Use with Instagram)

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I’ve been using Instagram on my iPhone for over four years now and it’s still one of my most used apps. Back when I first star­ted using Instagram I wrote an art­icle that talked about some of the apps that I used to com­ple­ment it, how­ever most of the apps that I use now are not lis­ted in that post. This write-up details the apps that I’m cur­rently using. Those app are:


The nat­ive iOS cam­era app has quite a few more fea­tures than it used to. The most sig­ni­fic­ant is its pan­or­ama func­tion. I also use the time-lapse fea­ture on a semi-reg­u­lar basis. This is the app that I almost always use when I want to take pho­tos with my iPhone.


I’ve been using Diptic for as long as I’ve been using Instagram, in fact it’s the only app that I’m still using since writ­ing my first Instagram art­icle. It’s great for com­bin­ing mul­tiple pho­tos into a single framed image and has a mul­ti­tude of default and adjustable tem­plates.


Enlight is a power­ful post-pro­cessing app with a large col­lec­tion of tools. Usually I’ll use VSCO Cam when edit­ing pho­tos on my iPhone, but if I need some­thing a little bit more power­ful and fea­ture-rich then I’ll use Enlight. Some of its more use­ful tools include: refit, clar­ity, duo fil­ters, reshape, and heal. All edits applied are also fully adjustable and include a handy mask­ing option.


Hyperlapse, by the Instagram team, is designed for cre­at­ing time-lapse videos and it does a fant­ast­ic job. One of its best fea­tures is its use of your iPhone’s gyro­scope to remove shakes and wobbles from the video it cap­tures. If I’m tak­ing a sta­tion­ary time-lapse then I use the nat­ive cam­era app but for any time-lapses involving move­ment this is my pref­er­ence.


If I want to do any basic edit­ing of videos on my iPhone then iMovie is the per­fect app. It’s not too com­plic­ated, but it’s a very effect­ive tool. I don’t post that many videos to Instagram, but the ones that I do have usu­ally been worked on in iMovie.


Up until very recently, Instagram only allowed you to post square images. I’d often want to upload non-square crops and InstaSize allowed me to do that. It also offers some addi­tion­al fea­tures, but I’ve only used it to add white bor­ders to non-square pho­tos.


An app that I don’t use often, but when I want to add a text over­lay to a photo, Over is my choice. Over also offers art­work packs to use as over­lays for those that want more than just text.


This is the only app in this list that is actu­ally used before tak­ing pho­tos. PhotoPills is a com­pre­hens­ive plan­ning tool that provides inform­a­tion about the sun, the moon, golden hour, etc. It also con­tains expos­ure, depth of field, field of view and time-lapse cal­cu­lat­ors. If you’re plan­ning on head­ing out to take land­scape pho­tos then PhotoPills is a valu­able addi­tion to your kit.


If I need to fix hori­zont­al and ver­tic­al lens dis­tor­tion in my pho­tos then SKRWT is the app I use. It’s simple and does a great job. It’s not some­thing that I use often, but it’s an import­ant part of my pro­cess when I need it.


TouchRetouch is an app designed to remove unwanted objects from pho­tos. It’s anoth­er app that I don’t use often, but it does a fant­ast­ic job when I do need to use it.


Last but not least is VSCO Cam. This is the app that I pre­dom­in­antly use to edit pho­tos on my iPhone. The inter­face is easy to under­stand, the tools do a great job and the fil­ters are fant­ast­ic. VSCO Cam also gives you the option to cre­ate a VSCO Grid that show­cases your pho­tos online.

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