Part 2 of my personal iphoneography tips is here! Part 1, which you can find here, was all about how to capture the images best you can by taking control. Today I will introduce you to some of my favorite apps for editing and / or enhancing iPhone pictures outside of those camera apps.

Photoshop Touch – as of lately, when I want to go beyond ‘basic’, I tend to do use it a lot more. From what I have read it got a major overhaul not too long ago and it is great. I am seriously amazed that you can almost do as many things with it as with its big brother the desktop Photoshop. You can work with layers (adjustments & photos), blend modes, transparencies, transform, gradients, brushes, got the filters and usual editing tools and, of course, you can connect to the Adobe Cloud if you are a subscriber, and store your projects there. Have I mentioned before that I love Photoshop? I really do. Yet for the quick edit and the fun of iPhoneography, I usually use one of the other apps.

Photoshop Touch

 Photoshop Touch editing Photoshop Touch editing

Pic-Tap-Go – (picture below left) a fairly basic and easy, yet very efficient editing program. You select a picture from your camera roll and see previews of the different editing styles, including crop, shadows/highlights, contrast etc. and a lot of filters. You can stack them and dial them down. However, unlike in some other apps, you cannot swap the sequence.

Snapseed – (picture below right) is my favorite basic & beyond editing tool. It is quick, easy and you have a lot of control. There are filters, yes, but the one thing I really love about Snapseed is the option to have adjustment points or ‘selective adjust’ as they call it. You tap a point in your picture that you e.g. might want to lighten, then you can pinch to zoom in or out to select the size of your selection and apply your edit to it.

 Pic-Tap-Go editing Snapseed editing

Big Lens – for that DSLR selective blur look, but it also got filters, which you cannot stack, but change the opacity.

 Big Lens masking Big Lens editing

Mextures – beautiful filters for colors, contrast, vintage looks, with light leaks, grain and, of course, textures. You can layer them and also apply blend modes e.g. overlay, multiply etc.

 Mextures editing Mextures editing

Distressed FX – for a more filtered, textured look of your image. Again, a lot of editing control e.g. dialing up/down opacity, but no layering beyond the two given ones.

 Distressed FX editing Distressed FX editing

Touch Retouch – ever wanted something gone from your photo, but you or that object could not move? A trashcan, a hair, a leaf? This is the app for it. Works almost like magic. See the snow on the tree on the original picture? It is gone (note: I did this quick and dirty)

 Touch Retouch(ing) Touch Retouch(ing)

Typic – as the name suggest, I use this one to add texts to my picture, and doodles or icons. I haven’t used this a lot in recent times, so I pretty much missed the latest updates. So now Typic also includes basic editing, color filters and effects on top of the original i.e. lots of different fonts to choose from

 Typic - text & editing Typic - text & editing

Halftone – Give your picture a little bit of a comic book look – fun!

 Halftone - Comic book look Halftone - Comic book look

Circular – if you have the right picture for it – great effects and editing possibilities for something very different

 Circular - editing Circular - editing

Almost needless to say, but obviously another way to get a unique look to your iPhone pictures is to edit your picture in one app, save it and then edit it in the next one. I do that all the time.This list is by no means an all-inclusive. There are tons of other apps out there and there are also more that I am using. However these are my main ones. Got questions concerning my iPhoneography tips? Post them in the comments. Oh, and at the end of the post you’ll find two of the final edits inlarger size.


And now fast forward to Leslie’s Tuesday coffee chat. Her question today: Would you feel ill at ease going to a movie alone? Or to eat at a restaurant? A concert?  My answer: Nope, not really. I mean, I don’t like it – all the time, mostly I definitely prefer to have company in any of those circumstances. However, being the case that I have lived alone and abroad for a long time, I have gone to the movies by myself and going to a restaurant, sure, that is happening basically all the time when I am going on a business trip.Thank God for iPads and iPhones, otherwise waiting for dinner really gets boring when your sitting there by yourself at the table. Well, before iPad/iPhone there was the good ol’ magazine or book, but usually just when you started, the waiter would come up with ‘a greeting from the kitchen’.

I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a concert by myself. I guess it really depends. I don’t think I would like to go to a rock concert alone, but classical or theater? Sure, why not? Again, I think it would be a lot more fun to do it with company, but if circumstances were less favorable, why not? There is nothing wrong with it. You can and will still enjoy the performance. In fact, sometimes it may even be better to do any of those alone. Say, for example, your friend/partner is less excited about a particular concert or restaurant, but tags along to ‘do you a favor’. Rarely did that end up being the fun I had envisioned. Being alone is not all that bad. Not all the time, but sometimes it really serves a purpose. I know that I still love my alone time. I hate it when David is on a business trip, but at the same time I love having the time just to myself. Pretty contradictory, huh?! Well, I guess that’s just the way I am.

p.s. Don’t forget to link your latest or not so new creation in my new s~A(R)T~urday link up. Art of any kind is very welcome.

whippany, winter, river

The one above was solely, edited in Snapseed, not using any filters, but only basic editing. Below is the edit of this picture (click to follow the link) with the Circular app.

ice, formation, circular

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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