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My 3 Must Have Photography Apps

September 29, 2019
My 3 Must Have Photography Apps

Hello friends, I thought it would be nice to share the photography apps/software I just can’t go without in my creative work. I take my own photos for my blog, Instagram and Pinterest because I really love photography. I also love editing photographs; in fact, I find editing the photos is one of the most exciting parts, alongside taking photos. I hope you will find this post about photography apps useful and as always if you have any questions, feel free to ask away.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is truly the gold-standard when it comes to image editing software. It is probably the software that all photographs have on their desktop or mobile no matter what level photographers they are.

I love Lightroom (both the Lightroom mobile and Lightroom Classic for desktop) and I most definitely rely on it quite a lot for my photo editing. I love Lightroom because of its versatility and all the incredible things that I can accomplish with Adobe Lightroom. It is easy to find my own style by creating my own presets. To be honest, I’ve made some mistakes buying presets online thinking that my photos will look the same but then when I applied to my photos, it just doesn’t look nice, too grainy and when I tried to adjust, it makes it worse. This was when I was still struggling to find my personal style.

So, in search of my personal style, I started trying out Lightroom mobile free version and found it so easy to use. When I realised Lightroom can do much more and that I wanted consistency in my photos for my blog, I decided to purchase the Adobe photography plan and have been using it ever since. With Lightroom, I am able to create my own presets and adjust my photos true to my own style like adjusting the lighting, mood and the colour mixing tool is just amazing. If you happen to buy a presets that work for your photos, you can still apply it to your photos and make further adjustments and then save it to be used next time. I love taking photos with natural light, but it is not always sunny so with lightroom, I can easily make these adjustments. That takes away the stress of my photos not looking like what I had envisioned in my head. In addition to that, the desktop lightroom shows a history of the editing that has been done on an image. It helps in case I need to refer to it for my other photos.

I currently mostly do my editing with the desktop version (Lightroom Classic) for photos that I take with my DSLR camera and sometimes save some of my photos to sync to Lightroom mobile. However, I edit photos that I take with my phone on Lightroom mobile because it is just really quick and easy. The mobile version is not the same as the desktop version, with some limitations but still a powerful tool, nevertheless. My advice is find your own style by experimenting, and you’ll be well on your way to create your own beautiful images.

Great for: RAW photo editing and large number of photos on your desktop via Lightroom Classic. RAW photo editing straight to your mobile via Lightroom mobile.

Adobe Photoshop

Ok. This is the Queen of photo editing. Adobe Photoshop holds the crown for being the best photo editing software for photographers. In fact, it is the go-to tool for artists, illustrators, and designers around the world. When I signed up to Adobe Creative Cloud plan, the package that I went for was the photography plan that includes photoshop, lightroom and lightroom classic plus 20GB cloud storage.

Adobe photoshop is known to be the best because it can do so much to a photo like creating a mesmerizing look, magical and just whatever you can imagine. There are so many incredible photos on Instagram that have been created with the help of Photoshop. It is so versatile that a photo can look so real even after all the editing. I use Photoshop to remove objects like a bin or a lamp post or even unwanted people in my photos. My favourite tools are the eraser tool, healing brush tool and clone stamp tool. I have to admit, I am not really a heavy Photoshop user. I know Photoshop can do so much more that removing and cloning objects. I did try to apply overlays to my photos once and I loved how easy to do it. There are so many available tutorials online to help you achieve the photos that you want, so if you ever find yourself stuck simply google for a tutorial. You can also check out Photoshop account on Instagram where they share lots of photos of other creatives’ work.

The heavy usage and editing with photoshop takes time but I am not that into it at the moment, I am happy with what I can do with my photos now. However, I do use photoshop to create templates for my blog that Canva does not offer. I am able to add personal touch to my templates compared to Canva (I’ll be discussing Canva soon). Also, because I didn’t want to have to pay for another plan like Canva to access the additional features. Subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud is enough for me.

Great for: Removing objects, delete problem areas, applying overlays and additional editing to make photos look like they are in the Harry Potter world. Also great for creating templates for your personal branding. All done via desktop.


Canva is a simple graphic design software with a huge following. It operates on a freemium model and comes with multiple photo editing tools and products. If you are a heavy Canva user e.g. businesses or social media businesses, then there’s a paid version with more functions to explore.

The best part about Canva is that it has tons of templates like social media graphics, Pinterest templates and even resumes. It makes your life easy to create visual content for Instagram or your blog. I use Canva mostly for creating Pinterest pins, it is very easy to use with a simple drag and drop editor and add fonts to your pictures or easily replace the stock photos with your own photos which is what I normally do. Just create an account with your email and you’re ready to create your visual contents. Plus, it saves all your work so the next time you log in, you can pick up where you left off.

So far, I’ve been using the free functions without the need to buy any paid templates. I am also conscious that I’ve already subscribed to the Adobe photography plan and have been using more of it, so I find that there’s no need to pay for another graphic design app. Canva also has mobile app with the same functions at your fingertips.

Great for: Graphic design, visual contents creation and many more.

So, there you have it, my 3 top photography apps that I use consistently for my creative work. I hope what I shared here may be of value to you if you are thinking of trying any of these apps. And if you’re already into photography editing apps, are you using these too? What are your go-to photography editing apps? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away. x

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