Four Best Photo-Editing Apps to Up Your Instagram Game

If you’re looking to improve your Instagram feed, the real magic isn’t in the camera, but the editing.

While there are oodles of apps available to help enhance your photography, it can be almost impossible to find the right one. We found four easy, free or inexpensive photography apps that produce high contrast and high exposure photos for your Instagram pleasures. Whether you’re looking to create a cohesive feed or hoping to edit out a pesky zit that sprouted last night, these apps can improve your Instagram game.

   1. VSCO

Edits made: HB1 Filter, +1.2 Exposure, +3.5 Contrast, +1.0 Saturation, and +6.2 Grain.

What are some of the app’s features?

  • Enhance photos with filters – Filters are available in packs for free or can be purchased.
  • Studio – This feature allows you to save photos you edit in a library. Many social media influencers use this to plan out their Instagram feed before they post online, which helps create a more cohesive look.
  • Adjustments – Users can also edit their photo’s contrast, exposure, and saturation as well as add grain or vignette to a photo.
  • Journal – Users can publish their photography through a “journal” for the public to see.

Where can you download the app?

  • VSCO is available for free for iOS and Android devices.

   2. Snapseed

Edits made: +17 Grain, +22 Details, +10 HDR Scape, +35 Saturation, and +30 Portrait.

What are some of the app’s features?

  • Adjustments – Users can edit photos using swiping motions to select enhancements and effects, such as saturation, exposure, contract, etc.
  • Automatic Adjustments – Snapseed also features an “automatic” adjustment to photos for quick editing.
  • History – Users can review their editing history to quickly locate enhancements they’ve previously used
  • Filter combinations – Snapseed saves filter combinations so you can reuse certain filters or create a cohesive look for a group of pictures.
  • Layering – Creates “layers” of editing so the user can remove or adjust enhancements, like grain, cropping, details, etc.

Where can you download the app?

  • Snapseed is available for free for iOS and Android devices.

   3. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Edits made: +0.18 Exposure, +70 Contrast, +47 Shadows, +45 Whites, -5 Blacks, -30 Vibrance,

-30 Saturation, and +10 Clarity.

What are some of the app’s features?

  • Create and download presets – Presets allow you to save multiple adjustments to a photo at once and store for future use. Lightroom also has pre-made presets you can download.
  • Work with multiple images at once – Have a group of photos that are all too dark? You can select them and apply presets simultaneously.
  • In-app camera –  The Lightroom camera features more than ten settings for photo-taking, such as ISO, grids, multiple lenses, and much more.
  • Adjustment brush – Users can “paint” on enhancements to specific parts of their photo.

Where can you download the app?

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is available for free for iOS and Android devices.

   4. Superimpose

Edits made: Original background masked with holographic background, +3.6 Exposure, +19.3 Contrast, FX4 filter on foreground, and FX19 filter on background.

What are some of the app’s features?

  • Masking – Users can combine multiple images together and erase backgrounds with assorted tools.
  • Layering – Add multiple masks at once to create stunning and complex images.
  • Editing – Large variety of editing tools from simple adjustments to color correction. Superimpose also features a brush tool to enhance certain areas of a photo.

Where can you download the app?

  • Superimpose is available for $1.99 for iOS and $0.99 for Android devices.

Photos by Autumn Sumruld

Everything Old is New Again

Where can you get today’s trending clothes? Try your parents’ closets. Fashion trends that were popular back in the 90’s have come back with a vengeance to today’s. Prowl placed photos of old trends next to photos of the current Chapman students, showing how fashion tends to repeat itself over time.


1. Fanny Packs

Fanny packs are not only worn around the waist but also across the body as a different style choice. Fanny packs are popular for music festivals and traveling for hands-free safety.


2. Tube Tops

Tube tops were often worn with low rise jeans, exposing girls’ midriffs. Now, tube tops are typically worn with high waisted bottoms and are worn at parties or as an everyday outfit.


3. Backpack Purses

Backpack purses are still as cute and convenient as they were in the late 90s. Now a variety of sizes, styles, materials, and patterns are for sale at many stores, including high-end brands such as Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci.


4. Denim Skirts

Denim skirts are worn almost exactly how they were in the 90’s. In fact, denim skirts are one of the most treasured finds in thrift shops today. They can be found in different colors, maybe even with buttons up the front.


5. Windbreakers

Windbreakers were affordable and commonly worn by sports teams in the 90s. Now they are sold, for much higher prices, at stores such as PINK, Vans, and PacSun as vintage fashion statements.


6. Overalls

Overalls, both long and short, have come back in numbers. There are so many style options to purchase today. Overalls come in different colors, styles and fits. Depending on your style, overalls are a great piece to add to your wardrobe because they are automatically a complete outfit.


7. Scrunchies

Scrunchies are a recent comeback trend, but often times girls are seen with one in their hair or on their wrists.  Although they were a staple in the 90s for their neon colors, they are sold in every color today, however subdued colors are more popular today.


8. Cat Eye Glasses

Cat eye glasses were popular in the 1950s. Regardless of the decade they are popular, this trend seems to always start with famous actresses or models. Cat eye glasses came back after high end fashion models wore them as a part of their streetwear.


9. Bucket Hats

Bucket hats were a popular trend worn mainly during outdoor activities, like a day at the beach. Today, many rappers and surfers have brought back the bucket hat, less about keeping sun off your head and more about bringing back the old-school style.


10. Mom Jeans

More comfortable and trendy than ever, mom jeans are back. Mom jeans are now commonly worn with holes, different washes, or even with the bottoms of the jeans cuffed up. People praise mom jeans for their comfort and effortless look.