If you thought that Instagram is THE app to use for mobile phone photography, then you’re dead wrong. And while we agree that it is still one of the biggest and most widely used apps out there, we would love it if people would just exert even the slightest effort to expel the thinking that Instagram is the ONLY app to use if you’re after retro-looking, lomography-style photos.
This article is not to ask you to quit using the popular photo app, because it’s going to be akin to asking you to quit Facebook. What we’re suggesting is for you to make use of the following apps for post-processing your images before sending them over to Instagram to share with your friends.
With over two million combinations of effects, overlays, and borders, you can create photos that look stunning and dramatic – depending on your mood or style preference. It may be considered the biggest rival to Instagram; but why limit yourself to one app when you can create greater-looking photos with both? It’s just a matter of finding the right combination of effects to enhance your photos.
LINE is actually a South Korean web portal formed by ex-Samsung employees which. It recently expanded to Japan and was able to create its own family of mobile-centric social network apps. With this camera app they came up with, they bring in all the cutesy stuff reminiscent of the two cuteness-obsessed countries for everybody else to enjoy. The app features both adorable and hilarious frames and stamps (clip art) you can add to ordinary-looking photos to make them look more fun and attractive.
Afraid of being accused of spamming your Instagram followers with series and after series of photos from your Hawaiian getaway? Why not use PicFrame, an app that enables you to combine multiple photos into a single frame? A single frame can support up to 9 photos, and with the 67 fully adjustable frames to choose from, you’ll never run out of ideas to keep giving your photos a unique look for posterity purposes.
This unique app allows you to quickly and easily give a photo a dramatic feel by converting them to black and white, while keeping some parts or details retain their original color. Using your fingers to “paint” areas of a close-up photo of a girl wearing wayfarers into grayscale and intentionally avoiding drawing over the wayfarers will create an effect that draws the viewers’ attention to the girl’s shades, the remaining colored area. Check out what was done in the photo below:
Phonto is a simple application that allows you to add text to your photos. What’s so great about it aside from it being free is the wide selection of fonts available for users to play with. Unlike other similarly natured apps, this one offers over 50 fonts – and even allows you to add more fonts on your own. Once you start placing text on your photos, you can customize them according to your preference. You can change the text’s size, the text color, the text shadow, and the text orientation (rotation).
Before tapping that “share” button and sending it over to Instagram, why not spike up the aesthetic appeal your photos using the apps mentioned above? The possibilities are endless!