Taking great photos for your social media accounts is imperative if you want to gain new followers. People love great photos and when you discover new content to post, you can add your content to a variety of great photo apps to get the best message from them.
The following apps offer a variety of different frames, filters, and tools to enhance your photo. They can be used alone or together. In some cases, you can use a filter in one app and then the text tool in another to get your message across with your photo. Your goal is to take a great photo, write your company name or a short product description on the photo, and get as many people to share it as possible. That’s why you need all of the following apps in your repertoire – it keeps your content fresh and unique.
Instagram: While Instagram doesn’t have the most elaborate camera, it does have a variety of filters to enhance your photos. The best thing about Instagram is that you can post your photos directly to your followers. Unlike Facebook, you can reach a new and broad audience by using hashtags. For example, if you use the hashtag #beautiful under your Instagram post, other users can search through #beautiful and see your post. This is a great way to get new followers and likes for your post.
You can also search for other users who are using the same hashtags as you or create your own individual hashtags for your followers to find what you are posting. It’s more of a network tool than a camera, but that’s what makes it our top pick for the best small business photo app.
Enlight: While Instagram is free, Enlight costs around $ 6.49 in the iTunes store. Cost aside, it’s a great app for altering photos and giving them a cool edge. Enlight will do what a combination of other apps will do, so it’s handy to have it without having to open a variety of other apps. You can add text or filters, but you can also adjust the image by sharpening and decreasing or increasing the shadows or highlights. Just select one of the tools from the extensive menu and drag your finger from left to right to increase or decrease.
Enlight is a photo adjustment suite at your fingertips. There are so many options for overlaying images and adding color to backgrounds to make images fully pop, that it cannot be overlooked as a tool that will help you improve your social media presence and provide great photos for your website.
Adding text is one of the best features of this app. This is the tool you need to write your business name, web address, or hashtag on your photos. Alternatively, you can write an interesting quote on your photo as they have a high engagement rate and will increase your profile.
Camera +: This application is the improved version of the camera application of the iPhone itself. Another paid product (around $ 3.79), Camera + has additional features to the Camera app that claim to take sharper, clearer, and generally better photos than its free counterpart. If you are taking product photos for your website, this app offers additional stabilization and clarity. Other additional features include effects, light box, and separate exposure and focus.
Camera + is the upgrade you need for a small cost. It will help improve the quality of the photos you are taking to give it an extra touch of professionalism.
Afterlight: This app costs $ 1.29 in the iTunes store with in-app purchases. In-app purchases include different filters and frames. You can pay an additional $ 1.29 for these filters, but you don’t need them. Afterlight is an easy-to-use photo adjustment app that allows you to quickly brighten or colorize your photos by selecting the tool and then toggling the adjustment bar left or right based on your preference. So instead of applying a preset filter, you have a little more control over how you want your photo to look.
There are also some great additions to frames and filters to give your photo a 70s vibe, like turning your photo into a letter of the alphabet or applying a dust or light filter that makes the image look like it was taken with an old camera. Very cool.
Waterlogue / Brushstroke – While these are different apps, they offer a similar service and both are worth it in and of themselves.
Basically, Waterlogged takes your photographic masterpiece and turns it into a watercolor painting. There are a variety of different options for exactly what kind of watercolor you would like and it puts an interesting twist on the standard photo app.
Brushstroke offers a similar premise to Waterlogue except that it turns your photo into a painting using acrylics and oils. Get ready to create a work of art where you can select your painting style and even the type of canvas you used. The canvas allows texture to the photo as you painted it yourself. Another great feature of this app is that you can select ‘send’, allowing you to send it directly to a canvas printing store and hang it on your wall. But, for business purposes, this is another great app for creating interesting website content and social media posts.
Using any of these apps allows you to upload your photo to a variety of social media platforms or simply save it to photos to use wherever you want.