My family just returned from a fabulously relaxing time away in Mexico. When packing for the trip, I definitely wanted to bring my "big girl camera" and lenses as we were staying at a beautiful resort with it's own nature preserve complete with coral reef (highly recommend Club Med Cancun!) and had some fun cultural excursions planned. But I also knew my kids didn't want to be constantly under the microscope either and I didn't want to lug my equipment around. So for most of the trip I simply used my iPhone 6s. Phones can take awesome quality photos these days - they wouldn't do well for large prints, but for supplementary memory documentation for an album I plan on making, it certainly does the trick! And beyond the phone, there are some great apps out there to give better control of the capture and post editing. I'll share my favorites here, what I love about each and my workflow. I do edit every photo I plan on utilizing. Once you've practiced a bit, it really doesn't take a lot of time.
The apps I use the most are: Camera+, VSCO, Retouch and Tadaa. I also sometimes utilize Mextures and PicTapGo. Mextures gives some great effects for lighting, black and white emulsions and landscape enhancers. PicTapGo I use for quick shares with family and friends or posting images to Facebook. I find this one degrades the image quality quite a bit so I use it for images I don't plan on printing but that I do want to enhance a bit - crop, sharpen, brighten, etc. Not all of these are available for android, but there are similar ones out there. The links I provide below are all for idevices.
So here goes my workflow.
Capturing the image. I most always use Camera+. It does have a small cost of $2.99 but it does give you better control by allowing you to easily touch the screen for point of focus and point of exposure. You get 2 icons to move around your screen. By assigning the point of focus, you get the control of where you want the focus to be rather than the camera which is great for all sorts of uses but particularly good when you're photographing people. Assigning the exposure ensures it compensates for for light properly. There are great bonus controls like Macro and Burst.
Editing the image. Here is where I follow a workflow and may end up using 1 - 3 apps on my phone to finalize an image.
Posting the image. I have a personal facebook account which is very straightforward. If you love photography, I highly suggest instagram. There are a lot of great individuals to follow and it's fun to see what others are doing and even connect with local businesses. I have both a business page and personal page. I keep my business page primarily for posting sneak peeks for some of my sessions and promotions. My personal page I use mostly for my Project 366 (this is a leap year) - a photo a day, every day.
This sounds like a lot, I know. And usually I go right to step 3 which takes just a minute once you've practiced and found what you like to use. But it does make a difference and can make your images shine! Feel free to comment, message or email me if you have any questions or if you'd like some guidance on getting started!