Filterstorm Neue offers much of the editing control of more
powerful desktop applications such as Lightroom and Photoshop, but in a mobile-friendly format. In addition to all of the typical photo-editing tools for adjusting color, exposure, etc., Filterstorm Neue includes one of the best mobile implementations of
a powerful Curves control for fine-tuning brightness and contrast.
Another feature that really sets Filterstorm Neue apart is
that you can selectively apply adjustments through a number
of tools, including a powerful masking brush as well as radial
and linear gradient filters. If you’re looking to move beyond
basic image editing with your iPhone, Filterstorm Neue is one
the best photo-editing apps out there.
AfterFocus is a specialty app designed to imitate the shallow depth of field effect that can typically only be achieved
with a DSLR or an iPhone 7 Plus. A shallow depth of field is
when only your main subject is in focus and the background
appears blurred. AfterFocus provides a very user-friendly way
of achieving this effect.
You simply use your finger to mark the foreground and
background areas, then the app automatically blurs the
background. You can even add a natural-looking bokeh effect
where the background highlights are rendered as soft circles
or hexagons. This app is especially useful for drawing the
viewer’s attention to your main subject if the background is
busy and distracting. It also has a motion blur option to create
the appearance of movement.
Sooner or later you’ll want to experiment with applying
textures and other creative effects to your iPhone photos.
While there are many worthy apps for doing this, the one
that’s often mentioned first by mobile artists is Mextures. Not
only does this app offer a wide range of textures, grains, and
light leaks, but each of them is fully adjustable and you can
combine as many as you want through an easy-to-use layer-
ing feature. It can take a bit of time to learn how to take full
advantage of Mexture’s features, but you can get started in no
time by using a wide range of preset “formulas.”
The creative options available in Mextures really are end-
less, and it’s one of the best photo editing.
There are many apps that allow you to add lighting effects
and textures to your iPhone photos, but Lens Distortions is
one of the best. What really sets Lens Distortions apart from
other similar apps is that all of the filters/overlays are created from actual photos of those same elements, including
actual sunlight (Light Hits collection), haze (Fog collection),
fragments of glass (Legacy collection), as well as a unique
Shimmer collection. Adding these elements to your photos is
remarkably easy and intuitive, and it’s great fun playing around
in this app to see what sort of new creations you can come
up with. Frame your shots with beautiful shards of glass, draw
your viewer’s eye with organic light hits, or create atmospheric depth with glistening particles of light or fog.