Photography 103: Apps for Phixing Fotos


Photography has come a long way and the technology continuous to grow every day. Just today Apple announced their new phones with three camera lenses that can shoot a picture so wide it’s almost 360 degrees. Anyone can take a photo. But not all photos are created equal. That’s where filters can help.

The Ethics of Edits

There’s different kinds of edits that can be done. The more frowned upon edits are altering the way someone looks by making them thinner, removing blemishes, etc. We should avoid these kinds of edits, they support an unhealthy way to look at yourself.

And then there’s edits that help express creativity and style. I add grain to my photos because I like film photography and add light leaks because they make a photograph look different rather than just taking a picture.

Aesthetics in a photograph for creative expression, signature style and experimenting aren’t bad edits. It’s kind of like painting or applying make-up.

Apps for Editing

VSCO is a great editing app. Not only does it come with a ton of filters already installed, you can edit the filters or create your own filter and save them to apply to other photos. It’s free and there’s a membership version. The app also has a social media function that’s photography based. Follow other accounts to see their photos, post your own and find inspiration.

Afterlight 2 has a lot of editing capabilities along with creative edits. It also helps add grain for film effect, dust texture, lens distortion, etc. My favorite effect they have is light leaks. It’s free.

Over is sort of a designing app but it can edit photos and videos, too. Add text, overlays, awesome graphics, etc., it really helps when creating visually impactful messages. Using it’s fantastic Blend tool, you can also add light leaks, dust texture, paper texture, a double-exposed photo effect, etc.

Lightroom is for those who have an Adobe account and pay for the programs. It’s very powerful for editing global edits, it can also edit locally for fixing some parts on a photograph rather than all of it. And it syncs between your computer app and the phone app, which is super helpful when uploading photos to lightroom from your camera.


So I recommend playing with these apps, trying new things on your photos and see what you can do. In an effort to not make this post super long, I’ll cut it here. Next photography posts will be about how to edit photos using these apps.