As an app developer and blogger, needless to say, I’m a super user when it comes to apps. There are very few apps that I haven’t tried as I pretty much download as many as I can either out of need, curiosity or sheer boredom. (Not that I believe it’s possible to be bored, there’s always something to do, but for lack of better term, boredom will do.) In my pursuit of app fanaticism, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 apps that every blogger should have on their mobile phones. I’ve excluded the social networks, because I think it’s pretty obvious by now that everyone has/knows Instagram, Twitter , Snapchat, Vine and Facebook, so I’ll focus on the lesser known ones which I think are indispensable and freaking awesome.
- YouCam Perfect – This is the photo app du jour. It allows you to take a photo, but a beauty filter is already applied in real time while you’re taking the photo, or you can swipe through others. Or you can use the Photo Edit function to edit your existing photos from your camera roll. Besides the standard filters and effects features that pretty much every photo app has, YouCam has special filters for portraits, food, scenery etc which make taking those food or travel blog photos a no brainer. The app also has a connection to their other app which allows you to add makeup and face enhancing effects if you feel the need to give yourself some instant plastic surgery ala Photoshop.
- Face Tune – This app is rumoured to be used by Kylie Jenner. Whether it’s true or not, the app certainly lives up to the hype and is worth its price. It allows you to edit your photos with a host of options that cover just about everything you’d possibly want to change in a photo. Just a few of the features: Whitening (if the bleached look is your thing); Smoothening of skin which works wonders for those life lines, age spots, blemishes or freckles on your face. You can even use it to smooth out those stray hairs that sometimes pop up in photos; A Details option that allows you to emphasise the contrast on certain features of a photo so that it pops and gives a crisp, bright look; Reshaping of anything, nose, lips, eyebrows etc. It includes all the standard photo app features like filters and effects as well. What sets this app apart is that your final photo still looks like you and not overly “photoshopped” or where your skin is uniformly smoothed and looks blatantly filtered. It allows you to enhance your best features and smoothen out your worst without looking fake. As with anything you can have a heavy hand and end up butchering your own photo, but fortunately there is an undo option.
- Faded – This is one of my favourite apps that I use more for finishing a photo rather than editing it. For example, after taking the photo or doing a touch of editing in YouCam and/or Facetune, I’d then use Faded to apply a gorgeous and wholly professional looking filter. The standard free filters in Faded are pretty awesome on their own, the Clean filter is my favourite, but there are a host of other filters that you can buy to suit your particular lane. Whether it’s portraits, scenery, food or you’re just after a noir look, Faded has it all. It also gives you the ability to control the strength of a filter so you can adjust it to your liking. I have to say that I rarely use any of the other features, I pretty much use Faded for their superior filters alone. If I had to choose a king of all filter apps, Faded is it.
- Pinterest – One thing I always hear from aspiring bloggers is what they should post. There’s only so many times you can post a selfie or a picture of a pretty street scene. Pinterest is the answer and the cure all for those who lack inspiration. Whatever your blogging genre, Pinterest has a treasure trove gallery of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Whether it’s fashion, beauty, hair, tech or Science, you’ll find something to inspire your next blog post.
- Awesome Photo Quotes – This app is mostly for the word art, photo quotes and customisable text options. I couldn’t find an app that had the quotes floating in my brain, so I created it. With Instagramable tags like #WTF, #WCW, #MotivationMonday etc its’ my goto for when you’re lazy and just want to zhoosh up a photo with some words.
In another post, I’ll cover how to edit a photo using the photo tools above.