[iPhone-me-crazy 101, pronounced iPhoneography]
I have too many cameras.
A Canon DSLR, which I only use for this blog. Two pentax ME super, which I loved to pieces and used until they could no longer work. A polaroid SX70. I need to buy more film, for the record, as I’ve run out two years ago. A Fuji Instax mini. Again, more film needed. A Minolta Instant pro who is more stubborn than I am. A Diana F+, the prettiest of the lot, really, but damn, at the rate of one good picture per roll, I am not going anywhere. And the latest one – after I realised, I could not go without a film camera – a prime 90s Canon rebel G.
Oh and an iPhone too. Clearly my most used camera now that the pentax lives on my windowsill instead of in my bag (considerably lighter ever since, by the way).
The fact is that no matter how many cameras I have, the only one I always – always – have with me is that small phone. I won’t go back and forth about how our lives have changed and how our phones have taken so much space in them. Others have already done it.
I’m just here to show you which apps I use to edit my pictures and videos.
Pictures that will end up on Instagram (where my username is @fannycacahuete, see you there <3) – most of the time, on comme un lait fraise – sometimes, or in my camera roll – all the time.
I think it all started with Hipstamatic. Ages ago. I went through different phases, but mostly a Bettie XL phase, my favourite – ahem – lense ever, which I’ve been stuck in since the dawn of times. When snowflakes were the shape of star-stickers, and jellyfish haunted London’s shop windows.
Of course, I had to try the Loftus too. And many others. In fact, I pretty much ended up buying all of the lenses and films, and camera skins… Yes, it was that good.
Until I got slightly bored; of how random it all was, of how I couldn’t edit analready-taken picture, of how strong the filters were, of how I wish I had used a different lense. I guess as any relationship, the three-year point triggered something. Something dark. Perhaps, it was because Instagram came around.
Taking picture on a phone became easy and painless. The playground love got replaced by a new flavour. And ever since, the Hipstamatic icon still sits on my homepage. Not even inside a folder! Maybe, I hardly ever use it; but I won’t forget it either.
A first love of some kind, to return to when I miss the good old days.
Snapseed used to be my go-to for everything. I would correct the white balance, adjust the exposure and contract, add my ever-favourite tilt-shift feature, at times even use one of its vintage filters.
Really, it’s that versatile.
I love the way the app is designed and how efficient it is. In fact, if I had to keep just one, it would possibly-maybe be the one.
These days I use it before Afterlight. Because I find it perfect to edit pictures and add depth of field (something that Afterlight clearly lacks, by choice perhaps – the fear of bad taste, ahem, something for me to think about).
Afterlight has been my biggest crush since last summer. I’m in love with its filters (so many to chose from), its light leaks (the polaroid collection is amazing, in my eyes at least) and I rather like the fact you can ‘cut-out’ your pictures to different shapes and latter. Anybody recalls the madness around circle pictures?
I couldn’t do without it. I don’t use it much for editing the picture itself as I find the interface somewhat complicated (as opposed to Snapseed), but more to add something to it.
My favourite filters are: frost, captain, forest, bloom, rain, goldfinch, sage, atlas, kus, idaho, and moon. Pretty names, prettiest filters.
This is the Hipstamatic of my dreams. Instead of being able to only take in-app pictures, Öggle allows you to take a picture and edit it later when you’re stuck in the train for thirty minutes.
Of course, the filters are still as strong. And you loose the randomness that once made Hipstamatic a favourite. And it won’t work with every picture. But I kinda like it.
I barely use it. And really, I should use it more.
Let’s take those cookies for example, because you should go and make them right now if you still haven’t!
It was quite dark outside when I took the picture. So I adjusted the white balance and brightness in Snapseed. I also added some depth of field.
I then exported the picture. And opened it in Afterlight. An adjustable filter later here is the result.
And finally, because I need more light leaks – and more animated gifs – in my life, I added some. Voilà!
As a little extra, I thought I’d tell you which app I use for videos. It’s called 8mm and it’s truly wonderful.
I usually take a video with the camera app and later open it in 8mm where I can choose from different film roll vibes (my absolute favourite is 70s) and effects.
I will then upload the video to Instagram or open it in photoshop to turn into into a gif. Oh gifs, you’ve stolen my heart!
If you’re interested, I will share my favourite ‘fun’ photo-editing apps, in which you can add cute graphics and amazing wording to pictures. Let me know!