Technology has democratised wanderlust. As a result, more and more people travel the world, having been inspired by the visual evidences other nomads have left behind. And really, what’s a recollection of your greatest travels today without beautiful photos to back it up? And while we are it, don’t you always wonder how some travelers seem to have the most scenic, beautifully paletted panoramas narrating their wanderlust for them? While a lot of it has to do with the magic of the places themselves, it’s undeniable that great photography apps are also responsible for this. So what are some of the best photo editing tools out there to store in your phone right now? The following five photography apps will get you started. And don’t worry – everything listed here is available on both iOS and Android. Just read on, travel, and snap up!
One of the most used apps to date is VSCO, and it’s preferred among many professionals for a good reason. There are plenty of state-of-the-art presets to choose from; some free, and others, purchasable. On top of that, there are plenty of manual editing tools for customisation. What I like most about VSCO is it allows you to adjust and control the level of filter effect on your photos. So it’s possible to want a nostalgic feel to your captures without going too much. The app also doubles as a social platform; not only can you perfect your grid game, but also see how others using it do it too
The compact version of Adobe’s creative suite software may be small, but it doesn’t lack the controls you need to create breathtaking images on the go. The great thing about having it on your phone is that you get to play around with the highly flexible tone curve setting, an experience you simply do not get with other apps. And the best part yet: thanks to a massive update last March, one can now shout RAW HDR photos on a range of smartphones including iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 6 and 6s, iPhone SE, Galaxy 7 and S7 Edge.
If you’re looking for something easy to use that doesn’t sacrifice depth, then you would do well to have Snapseed downloaded. For one, you can manipulate the ambiance, structure, exposure, and sharpness of your photos in subtle nuances. There are also killer presets to enjoy. Check out the HDR-scape setting, which helps boost colours, sharpness and overall clarity. Then, there’s Retrolux control meanwhile allows you to incorporate some vintage vibes. The Face filter, meanwhile, is great for evening out skin tones. Really, what’s not to love about this app?
#4. RNI Films
This is a good software for you if you’re looking to specifically recreate the undone, film effect in a jiffy. RNI Films comes with filters that mimic the raw effects of the world’s most distinguished film ranges, including those of Kodak, Fujifilm, and Ilford. What’s more is that you can also further custom-edit your photos manually with settings such as grain, warmth, tint, and dust. The only difference between this app and VSCO is that the treatment of filters are fixed and cannot be adjusted.
Whether we admit it or not, the most riveting travel-themed accounts on Instagram out there are ones that have visually harmonious grids. A well-curated arrangement of 1:1 photos make all the differences, especially when there are panoramas involved. If like us, you are meticulous about planning your feed, then consider Mosaico. While the app not as popular as top-ranking options the likes of UNUM and Planoly, it is much easier to use and feels far more intuitive. All you need to do is add your images, plan your quirky captions, and click post — and that’s all there is to it!