My Favourite Apps for Editing Photos on my Phone

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I wanted to finish my series on taking better photos with your phone by talking about how I edit my phone photos (In case you missed the earlier posts in this series you can find part one here and part two here.) I tend to go through phases of using different apps for editing on my phone, but there are three that I always come back to.


1. A Color Story

A Color Story is my current go-to app for editing my iPhone photos on the go. I find it makes colours rich and my photos bright, and is super easy to use.

The app includes around 10 free filters that you can apply to your photos for an instant boost. You can also play around with some fun effects, like light flare or bokeh, and then fine tune your photos even further with adjustment tools.

Here’s an example of how I edited this photo using A Color Story. I applied the ‘Ice Ice’ filter, and then went to the tools and increased the saturation. That’s it! Super easy and quick. You can see there’s a very subtle difference between the two, but the edited photo has brighter whites and the pinks are more rich.

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VSCO is perfect if you are looking for a more moody feel for your photos. Like A Color Story it has lots of filters that you can apply to your photos, and the ability to fine tune the image  with adjustment tools afterwards.

To show you how different the effect of the VSCO filters is to A Color Story, here’s the same photo edited in VSCO. All I did was apply the F2 filter, and my edit was finished.

How to edit photos on your phone


3. Snapseed

Snapseed is like having professional editing software on your phone. It does have filters but personally I don’t use them. Snapseed has so much functionality that it would be a shame not to use it.

The best way to get to grips with what you can do with Snapseed is to try it out – play around with a few photos and see what different adjustments do. Here’s how I edited the same photo with Snapseed:

First I used the healing brush to remove the stray leaves in the bottom left hand corner.

Then, I adjusted the brightness, increased contrast and saturation, adjusted the warmth, and decreased the highlights.

Professional photo editing app on your phone

All of these apps are free so I recommend downloading them all, trying them all out and seeing which one you prefer.


Over to you

I’d love to hear how you get on with these apps. What else would you like to know about editing? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to join my exclusive email list for photography tips and tutorials straight to your inbox.

Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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