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iPhoneography: My 5 Favorite Photography Apps

I love my iPhone. And i’m not ashamed that the only thing that keeps me  from jumping hip to the Galaxy is the camera and the apps.

I’m always been of the opinion that less is more when it comes to editing your photos, but  I still love my apps.

So today of course, I will share my 5 favorite apps for iphoneography!

  •  VSCOCAM. Without a doubt, my favorite editing app. I love the control I can get( see this post for details) when editing my photos with this app. And I like that it helps my iPhone photos look like the photos I take with my Canon 7D. Because i use a lot of VSCO presets( with tweaks) in Lightroom when I edit.??#vscocam
  • Snapseed. I like to use snapseed when I need to do more than just add a filter. This app is like Photoshop on your phone. You can edit just specific parts of a photo with this one. Like in the photo below, when I took the photo, I couldn’t get both the sky and the ferris wheel properly exposed. But with the help of snapseed’s selective adjust tool, I got the photo just how i saw it! ( Bonus: you can get this one on Android phones too!)

Saw this carnival on the way home. I'll be back... Camera in hand...

  • PicTapGo. It’s my favorite quick edit app. It’s simple to use and easy to adjust the various ‘filters” to get the photo you want. My favorite thing is that you can create recipes that you can save an apply to every photo. Thereby creating a cohesive look. AND it saves time.


  • Squareready. Most photos you take with your phone do NOT come in the square format that instagram uses to post photos.  (Even though with the new IOS update, you can now take your photos in square format.  But I don’t like all of my photos to be in square format. So I cheat. With square ready.  It’s easy to get your photo cropped and ready to post to instagram without sacrificing any part of your photo.


Family time....

And last but not least….

The ultimate sharing zone. I like to think of it as another social media site. It’s twitter with photos.
Everyone is on Instagram. Are you following me????


These are my favorite iphoneorgraphy apps. What are yours?

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  • Reply
    November 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Phoooeeyyy I am team droid and we have nothing I just don’t understand why you all always have to have the best apps……I feel some type of way

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Come to the dark side Kita…join us…..

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    November 12, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I like pressgram and want to use it more for my blog.

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

      You know I heard about pressgram and even had it downloaded on my phone to use! But I never opened it! Now you’ve got me wondering more about it!

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    Jenn @ Party of One
    November 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

    What great suggestions of photo editing apps! I was just thinking on the way to work today actually that I needed to work on my photo editing skills. I’m going to look into these apps for sure! I’m particularly excited about Squareready! I’m always trying to make my Instagram pictures fit so I KNOW I’ll be using this! Great post 🙂

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Thank you! I live square ready! It’s the only app I use EVERY time!

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    Nichole C
    November 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I seriously want an iPhone *just* for better photos. Sadly, I have a droid for now, lol.

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Join us! Lol but I’m going to do a post about photo apps for android soon. My husband has one. I’ll test out on his phone!

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    November 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I love instagram. I am a droid user and recently started using photogrid.

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

      I think you can use snapseed and photoshop express too!

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    Kimberly of Keystrokes By Kimberly
    November 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Love it! Those are cool apps. Much like you I LOVE MY iPHONE however I am having an affair with Galaxy. My work phone is a Galaxy so I have the BEST of both worlds. Going to look into the pressgram app. Need to try it.

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Yes me too on the press gram app! I want to try a galaxy but the photographer in me will never ever be satisfied until I can get at least a few if my favorites on android!

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    Dawn Lopez
    November 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Ooh thank you for this! I have been wanting to find some good apps for Instagram. I’ve downloaded quite a few free ones that were a waste of time or didn’t do what I was looking for. I will have to try these, thanks 😉

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Glad I could help!

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    November 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for sharing. I take the majority of my photos with my iPhone 5, but I can never seem to have the pics printed because the resolution is too low. Do you have any suggestions or tips for what I can do?

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      November 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Who are you printing with? Because that makes a big difference. Also the thing with using your phone is that you HAVE to have good light or it will be grainy. A quick cheat is the photoshop express app which will let you get rid of grain in your photos. But be careful, it can make people look like plastic folks! I suggest trying out persnickety prints for printing. They are cheap and do good quality iPhone photos!

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    C.D Beatrice Clay
    November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Neat list! I l use and like snapseed a lot but I LOVE VSCOCAM!

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      November 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      I love it too!! It’s just soooo awesome!

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    November 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    These are definitely some Apps I will have to look up. The Snapseed App looks really good. My favorites are InstaCollage and CollageIt…

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      November 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      I love the collage apps too!

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    Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    November 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Lurve me some instagram. I also use Camera+!

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      November 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Camera + used to be one of my favorites too! I’ve got too many apps in my phone! Lol

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    November 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    my phone has a great camera and i don’t even use half it’s features.

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      November 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      I always say the best camera is the one with you! Learn how to use it!!!!!

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    November 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    The only one I have is Instagram! I really need to check out the others!

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    Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade
    November 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    On my way to my app store to find these! Thanks for sharing. I love my iphone and use it WAY more than my camera for taking shots of my food for my post.

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate
    November 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    We’ve got some favorite apps in common, LaShawn! I absolutely ADORE PicTapGo and Instagram, and while I’ve got VSCO Cam on my phone, I hardly ever use it. After reading this post, I feel like I should re-check it out and try it some more!

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    November 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I love finding new photo apps! Thanks for sharing you favorites!

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    November 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    This post totally reminided me to download Vscocam! I’ve been meaning to for a while, but kept forgetting! Also, I love PicTapGo!

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    LeSha Brewer
    November 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I love these apps! I have most of them that you listed, except for snapeseed 🙂 (I’m going to download it 🙂 Thanks for posting!

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    November 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I haven’t tried any of these except Instagram. I love trying new apps, especially if they’re free.

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    Chrishelle @ Cheer MamaDrama
    November 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Great I-phoneography tips. My favorite apps on my phone is Beautiful Mess. Pretty basic, but it works for me.

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    Janeane Davis
    November 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Apps make our devices easier to use adn can help us do a better job enjoying our technology.

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    November 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Have you ever tried Afterlight? It’s by far my most favorite photo app. The only one I use, in fact! Other than Instagram of course. Thanks for sharing the other ones, I’ll check them out!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I use squareready too but I do like that Intagram has the option now. I also like SnapSeed but I’m not super proficient at that one yet.

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    November 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I really like A Beautiful Mess and of course, Instagram. I downloaded the VSCOCAM after reading your previous blog post but haven’t had much time to play with it. I must get around to it!!

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    Daphne (aka MushyMamma)
    November 13, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Although I no longer use the iPhone I want to look into some of these photo enhancing apps for my Android. I am always amazed with what great pictures some people take and all with their phone. I want to help my images look better and sharper.

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    Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest
    November 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    As someone who loves Instagram’s app as well that SquareReady app sounds right up my ally. I think I’ll download it today and play around with it.

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    November 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the app recommendations! I LOVE Instagram, but that’s pretty much all I use so I will definitely give some of these a try.

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    November 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Great shots! Love the ferris wheel.

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    Stacie Connerty
    November 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love my Iphone!!! WQhat I like most right now is that I can see what and where my kids are all the time. Also, that it is linked to my home computer as well as my Ipad.

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    November 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I love using my iPhone for photos. I love my DSLR but I hate taking it everywhere! Thanks for these apps, I am going to check them out.

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    Anjanette @MommaYoung
    November 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Love all your pics, your family is adorable.

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    March 26, 2014 at 6:54 am

    try instaglass app to edit your photos…it works wonderfully.

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