One day last week I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw someone re-post their very first Instagram photo. It was one of those “hey, I tag you to post (insert idea here) and then tag three more people” types of things. Of course, after seeing it I had to scroll through my 850+ photos and revisit *my* very first Instagram. It was from back in the days when camera phones were still fairly poor quality and the filters made them look like old and antique photos – bc the only way to make the photo look less grainy and blurry was to make it look like it was vintage! Right?
I’m so glad those days are over. My iPhone is not just a poor quality camera phone anymore, it’s my every day camera! For all the days I don’t want to lug around a large DSLR to the park, the zoo, the splash pad, etc. And the photos are quite good! No need for crazy retro filters anymore!
So today I’m sharing my favorite photo-editing app: PicTapGo
If you’re not familiar with this app, I took a few screenshots as I edited a recent photo of Alwyn standing on his tip-toes. He was reaching for the tv, which we’ve managed to keep *just* out of reach so far. I snapped this one very quickly since Ephram was rushing towards us, hence being super underexposed. Did you know that you can “set” your iPhone’s exposure?
This is how it works. First you select a photo. Next you apply as many filters as you’d like. These filters are SO versatile and the combinations you can create are endless. And, my favorite part, you have the ability to change the intensity of the filter each time one is applied.
Below are a few before and after photos. Typically I add a little brightness using Lights On, and some contrast using Crispity. As you can see, under the tab ‘My Style’ these are at the top bc I use them so much. And of course, sometimes black and white just works better for a photo. My new favorite is Milk & Cookies, but oftentimes I’ll use Simple BW paired with Skinny Jeans.
The only thing I think PicTapGo is missing is a way to straighten photos, so for that I still us an app called Snapseed. And if you just can’t justify the $2 for PicTapGo, definitely check out Snapseed because it is a great photo editing app *and* it’s free!