Photography as an art has become arguably easier. First, DSLR cameras made it easier by allowing photographers to adjust the settings and easily check photos to see if they are good enough or not. But with the dawn of mobile phones, even somebody who doesnít have a knowledge of photographs is able to create stunning imagery.
Although we can argue if itís true art or not, it is nice that anyone can express themselves through photography and there are additional tools people can use besides their phone camera and thatís apps. So we decided to check apps that allow you to turn your average photographs in stunning pieces of art you can share with friends and family. Here are our 3 suggested apps we found online and used.
Snapseed - Easy Way to Post Edit Photographs
Snapseed is the official photo editing app by Google. Although it has many edit features, it is made for amateurs so that anybody can make their photographs better even with little to no knowledge. What many users will find useful is likely the feature that allows you to save a set of filters you like. This way, you can quickly use it any time you want your image to have a specific feel or look. What we at we also liked is the background editing tool that allows you to blur a photo if taking a portrait or make it flatter so the part thatís in the main focus pops out.
A small problem we encountered is that sometimes the app simply crashes. It happens rarely but a couple of times when we finished with editing and wanted to save, the app crashed causing us to start all over again. This isnít too big of a problem since the mentioned features make it easy to repeat the process. Nevertheless, it can be a bit frustrating. But besides that, itís an amazing photo editing app.
Pic Collage - Create Beautiful Collages
Another way to create artistic photographs is to combine them into beautiful collages. Way back when there was still no phones or apps, the process would take a lot of time and effort to ensuring every photo fits perfectly with other images in the collage. Luckily, today you have apps Pic Collage. We found this one on a website that lists the top 10 collage apps. It made it easy for us to find the one we like so if you want to check it out, weíll share the link.
Top 10 Collage Apps
The reason we picked this one is the clean layout that makes the app extremely user-friendly. Itís a highly popular app and for a good reason. Creating collages takes exactly 3 steps with some minor adjusting. You choose a template, upload images and after, all you have to do is organize them accordingly so they are pleasing to the eye. We can easily see how this app can be useful to anyone - from a mom who wants to create a family collage to a travel blogger who needs a quick way to create representative imagery of their travels.
One thing we donít like is the watermark that sits in the corner if youíre using the free version of the app. It ruins the artistic feel and for you to remove it, you need to pay for the pro version. The price is only $5 but we do think they couldíve removed the watermark for the free version of the app as well since itís such an important part of the whole creative process.
VSCO - DSLR Features on Your Phone
Besides having a great filter library, whatís great about VSCO is the ability to easily adjust the filter strength. You can also adjust the exposure, color and sharpness while taking photos so you get the perfect shot. It does take some time to figure everything out, but for anyone who has minimum knowledge of using a digital camera, this app will turn your phone into an almost DSLR-like machine. We advise you to play with it until you figure out how everything works - trust us, we think it will definitely pay off.
The slight problem with the app isnít actually the apps fault. Itís more of a first-time userís mistake you might do. When you finish taking photos, you need to make sure you have the right settings. Otherwise, the photographs might come out in a lower quality than youíd have if you just used your phone. Again, donít be afraid to experiment and youíll soon be able to create high-quality images.
Although phones canít completely replace professional cameras (at least not yet) they are a great alternative for anyone who likes taking beautiful images but lacks the skills of a professional. Creating art shouldnít be reserved just for the talented few and with the correct tools, you can create images youíll be satisfied with.
Naturally, images you create with the apps wonít be able to compete with the subtle artistic touch of a professional, but still, itís a great way to start. Who knows, after trying them out, you might discover a talent you never knew you had and start taking photographs more professionally. Good luck.