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APPS! Which digital darkroom should I use???

I was asked a while ago what app do I use when It use photos on my phone?

With ALL the options out there, it can be hard to work out which one is best.

I use the camera and editing app that comes standard on my phone. (I have an Android Phone)

I find that the camera app is perfectly fine and does have some great additions if I want to mix it up.

Such as:

  • Panoramic

  • Beauty

  • Pets

  • Food

  • Action

The standard editing in the phones is adequate for what I would use on the phone too.

I can:

  • Convert to black and white

  • Boost the colour

  • Add a vintage look

To name a few of the ones I use most.

But if you are wanting more options, I had a google as to the top apps that people use to edit their images.

Adobe Photoshop Express

(iOS/Android/Windows Phone)

From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/10/22/best-photo-editing-apps/#2f717967c738>

Adobe Photoshop...the godfather of photo editing!

I use this for my professional photography on my computer.

As a phone app, it has some bonuses. In the cropping feature, it gives mulitple cropping options, such as:

  • Free size

  • Original

  • Device

  • 1:1 (square)

  • Facebook Ads

  • Facebook Profile Cover

  • Facebook Event Cover

  • Facebook Page Cover

  • Facebook Profile

  • Instagram

  • And cropping ratios for: Twitter, LinkedIn, Etsy, YouTube, Pinterest and a few others.

Those are great features when taking images for your social media and online stores.

You can add text, stickers, frames and basic blemish removal. And a collage function!

It really feels like a basic on the go pro editing software.

I look forward to having more of a play with the app in the future.


Photoshop Express for Windows is completely free, but if we are talking about a mobile application, you can buy a premium version, which includes cloud storage, tight integration with Creative Cloud and several advanced tools. The cost is $9.99 a month.

From <https://www.google.com/search?q=what+does+photoshop+express+cost&oq=what+does+photoshop+express&aqs=chrome.2.0j69i57j0l6.23228j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8>



From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/10/22/best-photo-editing-apps/#2f717967c738>

'Darkroom is a photo editing app that has all the bells and whistles that you would expect plus more. Aside from being able to crop, brighten, saturate, fade and add filters, you can also adjust the curves, colors and tones. The Darkroom app also has infinite undo history and custom filter support.

One of the best features in the Darkroom app has is the ability to edit photos without having to import them. And if there are certain photos that you want to quickly access, then you can “favorite” them.'


'Darkroom is available as a free download, but it has a number of in-app purchases. For example, the Portraits, Landscapes and B&W features cost $1.99 each.'

From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/10/22/best-photo-editing-apps/#2f717967c738>

Now as I said, I have an Android Phone, so I an going to share what I found on google. The link to the article I got this info from is added as a bibliography.

Photo Editor by Aviary


From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/10/22/best-photo-editing-apps/#2f717967c738>

'The Aviary app has filters, stickers, frames and several other editing tools. Over 1,500 of the Aviary effects are free. Like FaceTune, Aviary makes it easy to erase blemishes and whiten teeth. What I like about Photo Editor by Aviary is that it is integrated with Behance, an online portfolio service that supports creative photography professionals.'

From <https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/10/22/best-photo-editing-apps/#2f717967c738>


The app is free, with additional effects packs available for $0.99


Here is a couple that can adjust your images brightness, clarity (but keeping in mind, a very blurry photo is still going to be blurry), cropping and straightening.

These being the main things we look for in editing software on our phones.

But there are so many out there, it is hard for me to recommend a specific one. I would go with Photoshop, due to its functions and the high standard the brand has in its products.

It does have a cost attached, but most apps that are any good do have a cost attached.

You don't HAVE to purchase an editing app for your phone if the built in apps are doing the job for you. I have been using them till writing this blog and having a play with Photoshop Express. (I already have an account due to my desktop subscription)

My best recommendation... Have a search and read what the different apps offer. They need to work best for you and you need.

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