iPhone Photography & Editing

Contributed by OKWB member Kathryn Trattner

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When I think about the blogs I like best it’s usually the photos that come to mind. Part of being a successful blogger is including great photos with your posts. They not only make your posts more appealing but it gives readers another way to share content. Everyone likes to pin a pretty picture. And the better it is the faster it’ll spread on Pinterest.

The best part is that you don’t need a DSLR to get fantastic shots. You can take incredible photos with your iPhone. (I’m sure you can with androids too but I’ve never used one so I can’t tell you much about those.) I’m an amateur photographer and I don’t have all the answers but I thought I’d share some of the applications I use every day.

A good photo isn’t just about carefully framing your shot, it’s also about editing. The right edits can take a decent photograph to phenomenal. It’s just like editing a blog post or a novel.

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Before we jump into the applications I want to make a recommendation. Always use the original camera application on your phone whenever possible.

By taking the photo with the native camera and importing it into the application of your choice to edit you keep a copy of the original in your photos. Having a copy of the original is important! If you make a mistake or don’t like your edits you can always go back to the original.

Now on to the fun part!


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VSCO Cam® by Visual Supply Company

VSCO is the app I use the most. The basic app is free and the bundles of preset filters extra. They’re an investment but worth it. I’ve bought all the bundles and I’ve used each one at some point. But I have a handful of favorites that I always go back to.

When I first started using VSCO I didn’t like it very much and I deleted it. But my friend Robyn insisted I give it another shot. I’m so glad I did. It takes time to learn and to be honest I still don’t use a lot of the features but if you want an incredible photo editor this is the one for you.

If you want to see some of the gorgeous things this app is capable of search Instagram with these tags #VSCOcam #VSCO #VSCOdaily #instavsco.


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Afterlight by Afterlight Collective, Inc

Afterlight has some amazing features. You can do all kinds of fun stuff like double exposures and there are fun frames. I don’t use this one as much a VSCO but it’s worth picking up. Check #afterlight on Instagram and you’ll see some incredibly beautiful photographs.


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Where VSCO is subtle and more natural Mextures is extreme and unusual. I don’t use this one a lot either but the amount of control you have is wonderful. Anything you could think to edit you can. Search #mextures and see the incredible photographs that are out there.


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Moldiv – Collage Photo Editor by JellyBus Inc.

I use Moldiv a lot. As a matter of fact I used it for this blog post. With the stitch feature I combined three photos for each application. It’s so easy. I also use this one a lot with photos of my kids. It’s great for featuring the quick changes in my six month olds face without uploading four or five photos. With this I put them into one photo and post away.

Word Swag

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Word Swag – Cool fonts, typography generator, creative quotes, and text over pic editor! by Oringe Photo & Fonts Caption Co.

I use Word Swag all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. I use it for my tweets. I use it for facebook. I use it for my blog. I use it to make silly memes to send to my friends. It’s easy and you get great results each time. You can import your own photo, use one of their stock backgrounds, or even use one of thousand pixabay images. You can’t go wrong with this app.

What about you? What applications are you using? Any tips for great iPhone photography?

kathryn trattnerKathryn Trattner lives and writes in Oklahoma City supported by three cats, two kids, and one husband. Connect with her on Twitter @k_trattner or on her blog.

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