Cameras are part of the prologue of a photographer’s journey to telling a visual story, and photo editing apps are the epilogue.
Having an eye for a promising subject is good, but editing and retouching your shots bring out the best of the story you’re telling. From bringing out the vivid colors of your shots to setting that dark tone of your image, photo editing apps have always been a part of the storytelling venture of a photographer.
There are plenty of photo editing apps out there. Some are made for the advanced users, while some were made for those beginning to grasp the field of photography. We’ve gathered the 8 photo editing apps photographers love that you can try out for yourself!
If you want to infuse photo retouch and creative editing in one software, you’ll get Adobe Photoshop. The software has plenty of tools and settings for photo enhancement that over the years, it has become a household name in the photo editing game. You can play around with colors, effects, filters, and even remove photobombers or any unwanted elements in your photos.
There’s a handful of tutorials available on YouTube on using Photoshop. If you’re still not familiar with how the PS works, or you want to take your editing skills to the next level, dedicate some time to watch some PS tutorials.
Photo taken at a poorly-lit location? Photo in need of a color revamp? Adobe Lightroom has got you covered! It’s the go-to software for photographers to bring more life to their photos, or even minimize the “loudness” of their images.
It has an easy-to-use interface that includes settings for fine-tuning, like adjustment of brightness, EV, sharpness, clarity, saturation, contrast, and more. The slider feature makes it easy to play around with the adjustments until you get that look you want to achieve!
Like Photoshop, there are also plenty of tutorials on YouTube about the basics of Adobe Lightroom.
GIMP is a free and easy-to-use version of Photoshop. Even if it’s free, the tools and features included here almost matches what Photoshop can deliver. Photographers who don’t want to pay for a subscription but still want access on a handful of tools for photo enhancement choose GIMP as their alternative.
Check out their website here.
Corel PaintShop Pro
Corel PaintShop is dubbed as the “affordable alternative to Photoshop.” Unlike PS, you only need a one-time payment to gain access to the software and its features that are almost similar to Photoshop’s.
The software comes with five creative applications perfect for any photo editing needs you might have. You can play around with editing your photos, and even restore details of your photos that were lost or compromised by your camera.
Check out their website here.
Snapseed is the handy, all-in-one editing app, where you can retouch photos and do some creative edits as well.
Aside from the basic retouch settings, one of the best features of Snapseed is the Selective Editing option. This allows you to enhance a portion of your image instead of affecting the whole picture. For instance, if there’s a tiny portion in your picture that’s a little dark, you can set a point in that particular section and increase the brightness until it matches that of the whole image.
It also has other settings that you can find in your desktop version of a photo editing app, such as the adjustments of curves, levels, white balance, perspective, and more. But don’t be fooled by the technicality! The interface of Snapseed is easy to use and understand, and beginners can easily get a hold of the ins and outs of the app.
VSCO is like the haven of filters. Whatever vibe or theme you want to achieve for your photo, the app has a filter for that. And if you can’t find one that suits your liking, you can create your custom filter, which you can save as a preset for your future photo edits.
VSCO is also home to a community of shutterbugs and their breathtaking photos and creative edits. So whenever you need inspiration for your next photo shoot or photo edit, take a peek on the community section of the app.
This all-in-one powerful photo editor for mobile goes side by side with Snapseed, although in terms of unleashing your creativity in editing, Enlight wins by an inch.
Its creative editing tools have more available adjustment options compared to Snapseed. There are also more filters available in this app, like the Sketch filter where your photo turns into a drawing/sketch.
For the more advanced users, the app also comes with settings for advanced enhancements of your photos, like selective adjustment and masking.