The Only 3 Photo Editing Apps You Will Ever Need

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One of the most popular questions I’ve had over the years on Instagram is regarding how I edit my photos. If I had to guess, I’d say I am asked at least a couple of times a day on average! But the reality of my Instagram editing process is impossibly easy, straight forward and most importantly minimalist. So if you want to know the only three photo editing apps you will find on my phone to edit my Instagram photos, here they are!

Best Apps to Edit your Instagram Photos

1. Touch Retouch

This magical app (and I really mean it, it is magical) was first introduced to me by a photographer friend who insisted I download the app immediately as it was the answer to her prayers. She was taking photos out the plane window and mistakenly getting a shadowed blur in the frame, when I asked her what she was taking the photo for (it really was that bad for the level of quality I’m used to seeing in her work). She explained to me that she would later edit it with “Touch Retouch” to remove the blur and turn it in to a cloud. Confused, I questioned her about the app and she couldn’t believe I had never heard of it before!

Essentially the app is a magic tool that allows you to highlight (in red – middle frame) the part of the picture you wish to remove/blend in to the background. Personally I like the greenery in this photo, but I thought it would be a great example to show you how well it blends in! Magic!

Best Apps to Edit Photos

2. VSCO Cam

Now I know this is one of the most popular photography apps on the market, but I’ll be honest and say that I do use this sparingly – though as it is an app I still use regularly, I thought I’d better include it. Firstly I only use the VSCO Cam filters on the odd occasion that I don’t like the colours of a photo I’ve taken and want to get playful with it in the app. The filters are much nicer/softer than in Instagram, so its a great quick fix to any photo.

However mostly I just use the app to layout my photos and see what looks good where or on the contrary, what does not work when placed beside one another. In other words, its a great way to see your Instagram feed before you upload!

Best Apps to Edit your Photos

3. Instagram

Finally, the photography app I use most and actually every time I upload is the Instagram app itself. While I never (ever, ever, ever) use the filters on here, I will always tweak photos a little to enhance the colours, brightness, decrease the highlights and raise the sharpness. As you can see in the middle frame, I also use the app to straighten photos so that they are completely straight (a little unhealthy obsession of mine). They are small changes but they make the difference!

Other FAQ Photography Questions:

What camera do you use?

I use an Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II for almost all of my photos.

What vlogging camera do you use?

I use an Olympus PEN EPL7 for vlogs.

Do you use Photoshop?

Never (I’m just not any good at it).

Do you use any photo editing programs?

If I’m patient, I’ll do a bit of editing in “Photos” on my iMac.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!