Best photo editing app’s – What I have on my phone


– Okay, recording, hey guys,
welcome to my YouTube channel where we talk all things photography. In this video I’m gonna do a quick run-through of the favorite photo and video editing apps
that I have on my phone. So, let’s get into the video. (rhythmic instrumental hip-hop music) Hey guys, and welcome as you can probably tell I’ve had
to crack open the lights because it is that time of year. It’s quarter past six, we’re in darkness already unfortunately,
winter months are upon us. In this video I’m gonna go through some of my favorite photo
and video editing apps that I have on my phone,
and I’m gonna point out some of the favorite features
that I have, and maybe some problems that they have
solved for me along the way. Okay, there we go, I’ll go
into photo and video editing. So, the first nine are the
nine that I use the most. The big one that I think most people have probably heard of VSCO, or VSCO, no one actually knows how to
pronounce it I don’t think. And if we go into there I’ll give you a quick rundown of how it works. So VSCO actually costs 19
pounds a year I think it is. That’s if you want to
unlock all the filters, and also the video editing mode. Which, initially, I thought
would be really cool. I can post videos and
photos alongside each other. To be honest, I don’t actually use it that much for video because
I don’t post video straight from my phone to Instagram much at all. So, quite simply my favorite feature of VSCO cam is batch editing. Maybe you’ve been out for the day, maybe you’ve been on holiday. You’ve taken a ton of
photos on your phone. What you can do is you can go into one photo, so let me add one photo here. I’ll add this one from London. It looks like a rainy day in London, and you’ve got the Gherkin in there. So, you’ve got all your
different controls there. You’ve got exposure and
everything you kind of now expect from photo apps, you got sharpen. What I love about VSCO,
also, is the split tuning. Split tuning is where you can add a tint of color to the highlights or shadows. So, shadows, I really like
adding a little bit of blue to the shadows, be quite subtle there. I guess a quick tip would
be when you’re adding tones to the shadows, shadows
usually have a hint of color of whatever the overall
color is of the image. So, this is kind of blue, so
I’d add a little bit of blue. But if it was a nice warm
day I might add some oranges to my shadows, and just kind
of take that down there. You can see that orange
doesn’t look quite right, it looks a bit weird, but
if you add a bit of blue. Then, you would save that, and boom, you would go back to all
your imported images, and you would press the three
dots down at the bottom there. You would copy edits, and then you could just select all the images
that you’ve imported. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. And then the three dots, and paste edits. And boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, it will paste it on all of them. You can see it slowly
appearing on all of them. When you do import you’ve got images and you also have videos. There you go, there’s something
I recorded the other day. You can run through that, and add the same filters, which
I think is really cool. Next one, the one I probably
use the most, is RNI filters. So, RNI and VSCO are
quite similar I think. I would say that the RNI is like VSCO, but kind of calmed down a little bit. VSCO’s really contrasty, has that like classic Instagram feel. And sort of on the flip
side you’ve got RNI filters, which is probably what I use the most. These are filters
inspired by classic film. So, if you click on an image, here is one I took earlier today
of a little hot latte. You’ve got negative films,
you’ve got slide films, instant, black and white, vintage. Now, a lot of these come
with the app for free, but then you can purchase
extra packages in-app. I think the way that RNI treats colors is a lot more to my taste. It’s a lot subtler I would say. So, there we go, you run through that. It’s quite similar,
you’ve got your brightness and contrast as you do
with most apps there. The downfall of RNI is that you can not batch edit, which
I am not sure why not. Maybe you can, maybe
I’m missing something. If you know let me know in the comments. The next two, Lightroom, I’ll
go into Photoshop Mix as well, are apps that are best used if
you are an Adobe subscriber. If you use Photoshop
and Lightroom on your, actually, I think the
Photoshop one might be free. If it’s free I’ll put a little thing here. But, Lightroom, if you
purchase any Adobe packages for your desktop or anything
like that you can get the app, and you just log-in, and
you get all the features. You can sync them up nicely, you can use Lightroom presets
that are on your laptop. You can sync it onto your phone as well, so that is super handy. I don’t actually use
Lightroom on my laptop. I use a similar program called Capture One for like tethering, and I just do my color work in there as well. But I really want to get into it. You’ve definitely got a lot
more color control in Lightroom. Or curves there as well, you can just pick like a certain color, and play with the curves with that color. As with most apps you
hold your thumb on it, and you get a little before and after. So, that’s Lightroom, it’s really good. Also, one of my favorite things that I found recently is Photoshop Mix. You can add a picture in
Photoshop from your phone. This is really cool because it introduces layers to photo editing. And I’m not aware of any
other apps that do that. So, it takes that as you
would expect from Photoshop. We’ve got this picture of a coffee mug that I took earlier today. And if I click on the top-left
there I can add a crop, the best crop for
Photoshop is four by five. And if I wanted to add like
a colored backdrop to this, like a little border or something, which I often do on my Instagram. Make it a little larger,
add a layer, and just use this color wheel here, and
that will go over the top. You hold your thumb over
the layers to reorder them. There we go, that’s really cool. Yeah, I really love
Photoshop Mix for this. And that would be something cool that you could really use for
Stories and things like that. But I don’t use that for Stories because what I have been
using a lot recently for Stories is this app called Unfold. You might have seen people curating these beautiful Stories with
different types of text, and layering images, and
everything like that. It’s Unfold if you’re
wondering what app it is. So, let’s take a look,
let’s add a new story here, and we’ll just say Wednesday. And you tap to add your first story. You’ve got all these
different options of layouts. Boom, boom, boom, and these are all made to the size of Stories. So you can edit the text,
you can add a picture. Let’s add that latte there, let’s change this text to latte day. Okay, and then, actually,
I’ll go into edit text. You’ve got your few different text types, which are quite nice. We can do curves and stuff. So, there you have it, I
wonder if you can rotate that. I can’t seem to rotate the text yet, maybe I’m missing something. You can do all these
funky types of layouts, where you just add like another latte, because I had two lattes today. Oh, I’ve got two there, and then maybe like a picture of a plant. Boom, it can really help,
you know, tell your story. You can flick between your two pages, and you can press the top-right there. And you can export one page at a time, which is really handy because
you might go through the day, and add incrementally to your Stories. Or you can export the whole story. Or you can share page to Instagram, which I haven’t done yet. Let’s click on that,
let’s see where we go. It saves it, Unfold
wants to open Instagram. And there you go, it goes
straight to your Story. Okay, cool, that’s super handy. Okay, that covers VSCO, RNI,
Lightroom, and Photoshop. This one on the middle-left
here, Lens Distortion, I thought I would use quite a
lot, but I never actually do. I came across this app watching
a Peter McKinnon video. Basically, you can add lens flares. Now, this is something
that I do quite often in my own photography for my portfolio, so I thought if I can find a
tasteful way of doing this. So, I’ve got this photo of Helen here from Malta, we were away last week. You can see the video on my YouTube channel, I’ll link it up here. And you’ve got all your
different types of lens hits. And once you add it, as
you can see here the light is coming from over there on the left. So, if I wanted to be
tasteful I would add the flare from the direction of the sunlight. Straight out of the box it’s quite harsh and a little overpowering. But you’ve got lots of
different options there where you can change the
opacity, up the contrast or down the contrast as
you would want to do here. Put the brightness down
or put the brightness up. It’s really cool, it’s
quite good actually. It’s 99 pence, so yeah, if you’re into lens flares get Lens Distortion. And CutStory, now, this is a really good one if you’re into Stories. And either it’s great
for talking to camera, it’s great if you want
to just film something. And say it’s more than 15
seconds, but you just want to add it to Instagram
and for it to be seamless. What you can do is you go and click on that add video, go to your camera roll. And then you click on the bottom-right. You can add music and stuff, and text, but I never really used that. So, click on the bottom-right,
and you can cut videos with the duration for specific things. So, if you click on
Instagram it will export it in different parts, part one and part two. Okay, then you would go to
Instagram to add a story. Go to recently added, and there it is, 15 seconds and 14 seconds. Then, when you upload
the videos consecutively it will be totally seamless, and people won’t really see the
sections of your story. So that’s really handy,
especially if you want to like get into vlogging on Stories or just not being too weary of the time. CutStory is free, but when you use it you’ll have a little thing
that says CutStory down here. I think you pay 99 pence,
and it gets rid of that, so it’s worth it in my opinion. Okay, the next two things
I want to talk about, and this hopefully isn’t too complicated, is a combination of things
called iMovie and RFV. So, you’re into video editing, and you want to do
everything on your phone. Maybe you’re traveling,
you don’t have access to your laptop, and you want
to post it to Instagram. And you want to get that five by four, or you want to post it to Stories where it’s a little bit bigger. You can edit on iMovie, edit in iMovie so everything is landscape,
export it landscape, and then you can put it into
RFV, and RFV will rotate. It’s a massive workaroud, I’ve actually got a whole video on this on my IGTV. Just go to my Instagram,
it’s linked below. Go to my IGTV, and it explains everything. I also have Sun Surveyor, now, I know that’s not really a photo editing app. Sun Surveyor Lite is actually free, and that will tell you
the position of the sun. If you move your phone
around it will tell you where the sun rises and sun sets. As you can see it’s 20 to 7, and the sun has set, so I’m using some lights. So, there we go guys, oh, Lux. Lux is basically a light
mirror on your phone. It’s actually surprisingly good. I didn’t notice my
screensaver had gone on. My tea is still reasonably warm, which makes me
semiconfident that I haven’t rambled on too much in this video. I wanted to try and make a
quick video because, usually, on my YouTube channel
it’s 10 to 12 minutes. I’m still getting the
feelers for everything, and I want to see what works best. So, guys, please let me
know in the comments below what you think of these
apps that I’ve run through. Have they solved any
particular problems for you? Are there any features that you’d like to know more of on particular apps? Let me know in the comments, and I will get back to them as soon as possible. If there’s any photo or video editing apps that I haven’t mentioned in
this video, please let me know. I’m always keen to try out new things. Let me know what you like best about them. I’ll be sure to download them, and check them out,
and give some feedback. I don’t know, maybe I’m
missing out on something. Maybe there’s some great thing out there that I’m not aware of. For me, recently, it was Unfold. I really wanted to just tell
stories better on Stories, rather than just random things. And I think Unfold really
tidies everything up, and makes it look a bit more curated. Because Stories can
often look quite messy. Thanks for watching guys, I hope this brought you some value. And I will see you on the next one. (rhythmic instrumental hip-hop music)

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