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Best Photo Editing Apps

In our line of business, content is key. Consumers are turning to a brand’s social channels long before checking out their website to learn about their biz, so being able to grab their attention with eye-catching visuals is more important than ever. Gone are the days when low res pics could get the job done on Instagram. With users being flooded with images of stunning travel destinations and perfectly curated flat lays, consumers are becoming accustomed to seeing beautiful visuals on the daily. What does this mean for brands? They’re having to add words like “contrast” and “saturation” to their vocabulary. Photo editing use to be a tedious skill left to professionals, but thanks to Apple and Instagram, anyone is capable of nailing the perfect IG photo. Here are some of our favorite apps to help up your Insta game.

Image via: @michellephan

A Color Story
A product of the creative forces of nature behind A Beautiful Mess, there is a reason why A Color Story was named ‘Best New App’ by Apple and has a 4.9 out of 5-star rating! This app not only allows you to edit your photos, but you can alter videos as well. Plus, a substantial portion of the application is free. Grid lines, lighting curves, crafted filters and preview settings, this photo editing app has it all.

VSCO
This app features photo and video editing qualities, but also acts as a standalone platform to share your work and engage with other creatives. A popular app for IG users, Gen Y, and both professional and amateur photographers, VSCO is touted as being the app for creators, by creators. VSCO lovers gravitate towards the app because of the extensive filters it offers, allowing you to create a curated and cohesive Instagram feed.

Afterlight
If you’re going to spring for paid application, this is a fantastic option. It features advanced tools like, curves, hue selection, saturation, clarification and plenty of editing nuances to perfect your photos.

What apps do you rely on to edit photos prior to posting?

Instagram Updates

Instagram is finally giving the people what they asked for! Our favorite social network announced today that your feed is going to back to chronological order – sort of. Check out the statement from the company detailing their efforts to show you more timely posts.

Photo via: Geri Hirsch

“Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely.

We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top. So today we’re testing a “New Posts” button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.

Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed. With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about improvements we’re making to feed. Our goal is to be the best place to share and connect with the people and interests that matter most to you.”