10 Best Photography Apps for Instagrammers

10 Best Photography Apps for Instagrammers

The key to having a popular Instagram account lies in beautiful photos – and the key to beautiful photos lies in using the best photography apps for Instagrammers.

But what are they? Ever since I jumped on the bandwagon this summer, I’ve been get a lot of questions about my Instagram gallery and how I edit my photos. When I recently came across Expedia’s list of best holiday photo apps it got me thinking… why haven’t I spilled the beans yet?

10 Best Photography Apps for Instagrammers

That’s why I’ve decided to put together this list of the best photography apps for Instagrammers. I have personally used all of these and genuinely believe they’ll help you up your game!

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]1. Snapseed[/custom_headline]

Snapseed is my all-time favourite photo-editing app… now. When I first installed it, I found it hard to use and only gave it a second chance because pretty much all my blogger friends insisted I should.

snapseed app how to

The interface is actually quite simple once you get the hang of it and the options are truly endless. You can even target specific spots with the brush, changing the saturation/exposure/temperature as you find appropriate.

Price: free

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]2. Afterlight[/custom_headline]

Before I figured out how to use Snapseed, Afterlight was my go-to editing app. It doesn’t offer as much customisation as Snapseed but I also find it more intuitive and faster to use.

afterlight app how to

If your photo needs more basic changes (think contrast, temperature, saturation etc.) and you want to take advantage of some great filters, Afterlight might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Price: $0.99/£0.79

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]3. VSCO Cam[/custom_headline]

VSCO Cam is definitely one of the best photography apps for Instagrammers. Some of the biggest names in the game use it! The filters are absolutely dreamy – think nostalgic vibes that make you feel like a fairytale character. I usually go with brighter, more saturated images but if you’re after a moody atmospheric gallery VSCO Cam is the app for you.

vscocam app how to

VSCO Cam is not just a photo editing app – it’s also a place to showcase your creations and look through other photographers’ galleries. It also has advanced camera controls including manual focus, shutter speed, white balance, and exposure compensation. Oh, and it’s free!

Price: free

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]4. Facetune[/custom_headline]

I’m definitely against Photoshopping people’s faces beyond recognition, but every now and then I can’t resist the opportunity to make myself look like the Vogue version of Sabina. You know, those days when you want to crawl under a blanket and cover all the mirrors. Yup.

facetune app how to

FaceTune is my dirty little secret. It makes your skin super smooth, your eyes bright, your teeth pearly… powerful stuff! It’s also great for whitening anything – from teeth to walls. I often use it to make the background whiter so it’s more than just a pretty face/app.

Price: $3.99/£2.99

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]5. AfterFocus[/custom_headline]

AfterFocus is the perfect app for anyone who loves those shallow depth of field DSLR photos – read: blurry backgrounds – but doesn’t own a camera that can take them. FaceTune above has a similar feature called ‘defocus’, but if you won’t use its other features you’re better off just buying this cheaper app.

Price: $0.99/£0.79

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[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]6. ProCamera 8[/custom_headline]


Starting with ProCamera 8 we are moving away from photo-editing and toward photo-taking itself. You can actually edit within the app itself but I wouldn’t recommend buying it for that sole purpose – Snapseed is a free (and better) alternative.

It enables DSLR-style functions like setting ISO sensitivity, temperature, focus, exposure compensation, burst mode or white balance calibration. Its video functions include 240 fps slow motion capturing for iPhone6. It also lets you save photos in three file formats: TIFF, TIFF LZW and JPEG. It’s not the cheapest of apps but paying less than a fiver for a huge camera upgrade is a sweet deal!

Price: $4.99/£3.99

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]7. PicLab[/custom_headline]

piclab app photo

I rarely feature photos with text on them in my Instagram gallery, but if you’d like to share some inspirational quotes with your followers this is the app for you. You can create your own text or use the cute pre-made phrases available through PicLab.

piclab app screenshot

The app is free but certain phrases or overlays have to be purchased separately. You also have to pay to remove the annoying watermark in the corner. But in-app purchases cost around $1 so it’s not a bad deal – and their overlay phrases are pretty kick-ass.

Price: free

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]8. EyeEm[/custom_headline]

eyeem app screenshot

EyeEm is technically not an app for Instagrammers. Now that Instagram is no longer ad-free some people are looking to make the switch – which is where EyeEm comes in. It’s free, non-commercial and also available on tablets!

I’m not an active user myself (I just love Instagram too much) but there is some serious eye-candy in this app and a great community aspect. You can even get involved in their photo competitions and win some cool prizes.

Price: free

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]9. Layout from Instagram[/custom_headline]

layout from instagram collage

Layout is an app developed by Instagram with a very simple function. It allows you to create cute collages to feature in your gallery. It has pretty basic features but includes a few handy tricks like the ‘faces’ tab which will only show you photos of people.

layout from instagram app ios

It’s simple, fast, efficient and directly linked to Instagram. The only downside? At the moment it only creates square images, although Instagram itself now supports all formats. If you need non-square collages check out Photo Grid.

Price: free

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]10. Instagram[/custom_headline]

I know people always complain about Instagram’s own editing software, but it works well enough for photos that only require small edits. I usually use a different app to edit my image and then go over it, adding a little bit of this and that directly on Instagram before uploading.

Price: free

What are your favourite photography apps for Instagrammers? Do you like to edit your photos in a particular style? Let me know and link your Instagram accounts below – I’d love to check them out!

  • Frey de Fleur
    Posted at 10:07h, 09 December

    I love afterlight for editing my photos but I will have to try the others. Thanks for the tips – you’re instagram photos are gorgeous x


    • Sabina
      Posted at 12:30h, 10 December

      If you love Afterlight definitely check out Snapseed 😀 So glad you like my IG <3

  • Kate (Petite Adventures)
    Posted at 10:14h, 09 December

    Great list – I will definitely be downloading a few of these apps!

    • Sabina
      Posted at 12:29h, 10 December

      Yay! Let me know how you get on 😀

  • Karmughil Vannan
    Posted at 14:14h, 09 December

    Amazing post! Will for sure try some. You’re incredible at ideas. 🙂

    • Sabina
      Posted at 13:42h, 10 December

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad you found this useful 🙂

  • Miia / Worldliciouz
    Posted at 21:35h, 09 December

    I’m so hooked on Snapseed, but I’ve been looking for a good app to use when the face isn’t so picture perfect and FaceTune looks just right! Too bad it isn’t free… 😀

    Would love if you’d give my instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/worldliciouz a visit though, your gallery is soo amazing! ^^


    • Sabina
      Posted at 13:41h, 10 December

      Thanks Miia!! Your gallery is lovely too – I follow you already 😀 FaceTune is great and while not the cheapest app I think it’s well worth the money 🙂

  • Skye Class
    Posted at 04:39h, 10 December

    These are great! I use a few of these, depending on the editing I need to do. Some work better with landscapes, others with people, etc. I also use PhotoDirector by Cyberlink for amazing results.

    • Sabina
      Posted at 13:42h, 10 December

      Definitely true – you learn what works best when and with what as you go 🙂 I’ll need to check out PhotoDirector, thanks for the tip 🙂

  • Camila @ AdventitiousViolet
    Posted at 10:28h, 10 December

    Thank you for this! That’d been a question I was wondering for a while now! I usually edit photos on my laptop and then transfer then onto my phone..it’s so tedious lol

    • Sabina
      Posted at 13:42h, 10 December

      Yay, so glad I answered that question! 🙂 I used to edit on my laptop as well but this is much easier and faster!

  • RoarLoud
    Posted at 15:00h, 16 December

    I pinned this to try some of these- I want to up my Instagram game:) Thanks for the tips!

  • XX Will Travel
    Posted at 15:13h, 16 December

    Wow! This is such a comprehensive list and so useful! Thanks for sharing.

  • Cathy Winston
    Posted at 20:24h, 20 December

    This is so useful – I did download Snapseed and never seemed to get anywhere so must take another look. I’m not an iPhone fan (I know, sacrilege!) but they do seem to get the best insta apps. #gvglinkup

  • Fearless Flashpacker
    Posted at 18:50h, 28 December

    First of all, wanted to say big fan over here! You clearly work VERY hard, and are constantly putting out high-quality content. Brava!

    Going and downloading a few of these. I’d also recommend PS Touch. It has some pretty cool filters and extraordinarily versatile for an iOs app. I primarily use it for stuff like blurring out personal information on pictures of plane tickets, but it’s also a great fix if you need to fix small flaws like discoloration in a photo.

    Two Q’s:
    1. Do you have someone take photos with you in them, or do you use a tripod and timer?
    2. Any idea how the heck some not-well-known people have 20 so-so photos and 4000 followers (who also seem to like/comment) on their instagrams? I’ve been building a slow but steady organic following and I know my work is good. I don’t get it!

    Cheers from California. -A

  • Alex Larson
    Posted at 13:28h, 15 February

    Thanks for sharing. As for me, vsco cam should be used by everyone. I don’t think it’s a scret and i’ll spill the beans, but if smb earn money on ig, it’s better to choose some third party apps for gaining succes, e.g. Schedugram or zengram.net I hope they stand a chance of paying your attention

  • Ooty Tour Packages
    Posted at 07:05h, 16 May

    Thanks for sharing. I already installed few apps but installing more as you suggested.

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    Posted at 14:47h, 16 May

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  • Tales From a Fork travel blog
    Posted at 20:50h, 26 July

    Great post! Will look into Snapsneed.