Photo of Jennifer O'Brien by Shane Drummond
Photo of Jennifer O’Brien by Shane Drummond

With so many apps out there in the app store, all claiming to be the newest and best, it’s hard to know which ones to download. Here are the road tested apps that will help you meet your #instagramgoals. 

  1. VSCO Cam (Free on Apple and Android) You’ve probably heard of VSCO Cam by now, but in case you haven’t, you need this app! Many professional photographers use it because VSCO Cam’s presets harken back to the days of film photography. With wonderfully muted tones and a multitude of tools, VSCO can make almost any picture 200% better!

  2. A Color Story (Free on Apple and Android) This is the only photo-editing app that that allows you to edit curves and really make colors and whites pop. With 100 filters, 40 effects, and the ability to save your own custom filters, A Color Story serves as a powerful photo-editing tool.

  3. Photosynth (Free on Apple): The panorama feature on your iPhone works well most of the time for a straight horizontal panorama, but Photosynth allows you to capture a 360 degree view, transforming it into one composite image for you!

  4. SKRWT ($0.99 on Apple and Android) Ever capture a picture that was perfect except it’s slightly crooked and the Instagram “adjust” feature is not enough? With SKRWT, you can fix everything from lens distortion to perspective to even creating mirror images in just a few taps!

  5. Facetune ($3.99 on Apple and Android) Even if your Instagram feed doesn’t specialize in faces, Facetune often comes in handy! You can blur the background, remove unwanted distractions, and, of course, help give you perfect-looking skin.

  6. Afterlight ($0.99 on Apple and Android) This app comes with premade filters, but the best part of this app is the fact that you can create your own custom filters easily. There are 15 adjustment tools you can use to make your own filters! There is also a selection of all your favorite photo effects: textures, light leaks, and frames (including Polaroid frames!)

  7. Litely (Free on Apple) This app gives you natural and soft filters to enhance your picture without anyone noticing, so you can say #nofilter when you actually used a filter. You can also adjust crop, exposure, sharpness, and vibrance.

  8. Followers+ (Free on Apple and Android) Want to know exactly who is unfollowing you, and who’s not following back? Followers+ will keep you updated! 

  9. Later (Free on Apple and Android) Formerly known as Latergramme, Later helps you plan out your feed and schedule posts for multiple accounts, and automatically sync your posts from your iPhone to desktop!

  10. UNUM (Free on Apple and Android) Another feed planning app, a benefit that UNUM has over Later is that you can drag and drop pictures into a schedule instead of having to manually input the times. UNUM will also give you stats, including the best times to post, your best hashtags, and the number of likes and comments on each pic in a graph format. 

What apps do you use for Instagram? Let us know in the comments below!


5 thoughts on “Best Apps for Editing Photos and Achieving Your Instagram Goals”

  1. Great list! Just to add, If you want to maximize your instagram reach combining this editing apps with apps that can help you create hashtags like the one I use called hashatory would be the perfect combo!

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