Back when I got my first iPhone in 2012, I downloaded A LOT of photo editing apps. I mean … nearly 125. I tried them all out — some of them only once (quickly learning that they were really badly designed or had awful filters and features), some I used a handful of times, and others became my go-to photo editing apps. These days I use one app — PicTapGo — for my primary editor, and use others sparingly. Why the change? Well, I think my style has changed — it has become cleaner, simpler. I no longer want the manipulated, surreal look that I often aspired to when I used textures and aggressive filters.
I still admire the way other people use photo editing apps to create amazing works of art. And I admit that I sometimes miss the process of experimenting with photo editing until I reach just the right result I had in mind. So on a rainy Saturday I decided that I would revisit some of those old apps, and see what I could create. I decided to choose one photo that was taken in an old warehouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It’s a simple, stark image with strong light, wonky focus, and straight-on composition, and I thought it would be a good choice to see what would happen when I sat down to play.
Here’s my original image, taken with my iPhone X and edited ever-so-slightly with PicTapGo.
Here it is edited with TinType, and I removed the frame option.
This one was edited with Camera+.
And here’s a SnapSeed edit, using the drama and vintage filters.
This one is edited using Mextures, and overlaying a grunge filter.
Here’s one with a VSCO B&W preset.
This one has a preset from A Color Story.
And last but not least, a Plastic Bullet filter.
Each edit sets its own mood, and tells a slightly different story. I like the Mextures and Plastic Bullet filters for their dark mystery, and A Color Story for its sense of airiness.
Do you play with your old (and new) photo apps? Share your favorites in the comments.
See you soon.