We all know Instagram pictures don't look the way they do without some behind-the-scenes work. I mean come on, when was the last time you took a picture and didn't at least use some sort of edit? However, there are two types of people out there making mistakes – those who overdo the edits and those who don't do enough. I am not the best or the greatest at editing photos who can turn an average image into a work of art, but I like to think I have figured out a happy medium. The key to making a photo look good, whether it's a landscape or a group of people (or really anything in between), is the photo editing apps you use. There are thousands of them out there and I have tried plenty, but not all of them have worked the way I have wanted them to. So, instead of making you search for the right app to make that Malibu sunset picture pop, I am going to save you some time and effort and tell you the best apps to download.
This app lets you upload multiple photos at a time, so you don't have to deal with editing one picture and then saving it, adding another picture, and so forth. The filters (or what the app calls "Scenes") that it comes with are awesome – except the clarity one, that is just nuts and shows every single blemish possible. You can also do everything from brightening your photos to adding multiple filters to one image. The app gives you the option to reduce the filter you choose, so it doesn't come out so intense and make your image look like an overdone piece of garbage.
This app takes some practice to use, and if done badly you can end up looking like an alien. Basically, this photo editor is used to smooth blemishes from skin, make you look skinnier, and you can even completely remove unwanted items from the picture. I love this app simply because when you are in the mood to post a picture in your bikini but aren't feeling yourself, you are able to fake out your followers and edit yourself into looking like Bella Hadid.
This app rocks. VSCO has killer filters and similar to Camera + you can reduce the effects so your edits don't look overdone. VSCO is different from other photo apps because you can basically make it into your portfolio in the sense that you can make a profile. You can then share the link to your profile so people can see the pictures you liked but didn't love enough for the gram.