How to: 4 apps for editing your iPhone photographs…

I thought I’d write up a post on how I edit the photo’s on my iPhone. Sharing the common problems and the apps I use to fix them, some apps are for editing, some are fun photo effects. So, here’s what I use on a daily basis to quickly, simply tweak and perfect the photos from my phone…
Brightening up a photo.
Sometime’s it’s too dark to take (the ‘perfect’ instagram) photos, leaving pictures looking dull or with an orange tint due to indoor lighting such as lamps or overhead lighting. Here’s a before and after…
iphone editing
The app you need? Afterlight cost: 79p.

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Open the Afterlight app, upload the photo you wish to edit. You will see an icon of slider bars, open it and a menu of icons will open above it. You will see a symbol that looks like the sun, this is ‘brightness’ slide the bar across until it brightens up and lightens the dull, dark photo.

Adding cute doodles and phrases to a photo.
Sometimes it’s nice to add cute little illustrations to a photo, it’s a nice way of saying where something is from, adding a bit of humour, cutesy-ness or even a watermark in a pretty, colourful font.
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The app you need? Pic Candy cost: free

iphone editing doodles

Open Pic Candy, choose the photo you’d like to edit. You can choose from tons of cute ‘doodles’ and ‘phrases’ you can easily change the colour, size and position of these on your photograph. Even choose from quite a few pretty different fonts to add a watermark to your photo.
Creating Collages
You’ve seen this style on my blog before, lots of little pictures into one big collage. There’s quite a few apps for doing this, but this one is my favourite. You can select all of the photos you want at the same time, unlike a lot of the apps where you have to select one at a time, which can take a while.
iphone editing collages
The App you need? fotor cost: free (in app purchases available)
I love that there’s so many different little ways to edit and tweak your collage and photos all within one app, this is so handy and useful. Definitely my favourite collage creating app simply for ease.
Sharpening or adding cool / warm tones.
Sometimes photos can look a little blurry, they can also look warm (orange tinted) or cool (blue tinted) due to lighting. I find lamps and large overhead indoor lights often cast a warm, yellow tone to my pictures, which isn’t great when in ‘real life’ my room is bright white.
The app you need? instagram cost: free
Open the instagram app, after choosing which photo you would like to edit and upload to instagram you will see three icons. Click the wrench / spanner icon at the end. This brings up a whole load of editing tools. You will see a thermometer icon, this is how you increase or decrease warm and cool tones.
So, that’s how I edit my iPhone photographs before sharing them on instagram and twitter and the likes… What do you think? Do you have any photograph editing apps that you enjoy using? If so, let me know in the comments πŸ™‚


  1. January 22, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    This is great! I've been looking for some free apps to edit my photos. Thanks so much for sharing these Becky πŸ˜€ xx

  2. January 22, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    perfect app! <3

  3. January 22, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Love this post, thank you for sharing! Am now downloading fotor! And I love Afterlight but I do believe you now have to pay for it! x

    • January 22, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      Oh no, really! I will check this out and edit the post if so, was unaware thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚ x

  4. January 22, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    If anybody doesn't want to pay for Afterlight then Vsco Cam is also great and is free with in app purchases available! πŸ™‚

    Loved this post, thanks for sharing your tips and tricks. I always β™₯ your photography!

    Paula β™₯ | xo

  5. January 22, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    I find it so useful – thanks! πŸ™‚

  6. January 22, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    thank you so much for this! i'm downloading afterlight as we speak : ) very exciting stuff!

    rachel x

  7. January 22, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    This is so useful post. Thank you. I always wonder how you edit your photos because they looks amazing. I'm going to install these app.

  8. January 22, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Love this! Afterlight is one of my favourite apps x

  9. January 22, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Such a handy little post! Two other really good apps are Facetune (for picking out details & brightening) & Picfx, especially for adding bokeh to photos & little sparkles. Love Afterlight though, it's by far the best!

    The Joneses' & Little Babe

  10. January 22, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    These are lovely and I'm totally going to use some of these on mine. Thanks for doing this because I've always wanted to know your secret as your photos are always so bright and lovely!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  11. January 22, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Ooh so handy, definitely downloading Afterlight! I always shoot my images in VSCO cam as well, great for their filters πŸ™‚

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  12. January 22, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Thanks for good tips! πŸ™‚

  13. January 22, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing this list, Becky! I'm definitely going to download Afterlight – I've seen a few people use it on their photographs and it really makes a difference.


  14. January 22, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    So useful! The doodle apps are adorable and I think I require that collage creator in my life right now!

    little miss fii | Fii x

  15. January 22, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    What a great post! My pictures always suffer from the dreaded orange tint, so I'll definitely have to use some of these to get them perfect! πŸ™‚


  16. January 22, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this! πŸ™‚

  17. January 22, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Such a great post! Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to get afterlight πŸ™‚

    Emily x // EmGrace

  18. January 22, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Personally VSCO cam has been great for me for all my edits. I was thinking of buying Afterlight but I heard filters are sold separately which is depressing thinking how much I gotta spend to get those filters.. LOL

    xo Angelus

  19. January 22, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    The Afterlight app is perfect! I love it! Great post. πŸ™‚

  20. January 22, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Great post, I'll be downloading the ones I don't have! Do you use your iPhone and these filters for any of your blog post pictures?

  21. January 22, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    I always love your collages – but all of these apps look seriously handy for blog posts!! xx

  22. January 22, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    In the first photo you made brighter, how did you add those little bubbles of light to the right side?

  23. January 22, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    I've been desperate for a good app for adding text to my images in a cute way so THANK YOU for pointing out Pic Candy! *downloads immediately*

    Sarah πŸ™‚
    Saloca in Wonderland

  24. January 22, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    I've always wondered how you made all your pictures look so uniform and how everything in your life is so pure and white! I have both Afterlight and VSCO; I usually use VSCO, but I'll play around with Afterlight a little more πŸ™‚ -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  25. January 22, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Great tips – I do most of my photo editing on my phone these days! x

  26. January 22, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Definitely going to get afterlight, it looks amazing for brightening up photos!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  27. January 22, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    This is such a helpful post Becky thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚ I downloaded afterlight a little while ago after seeing you mention it and it's made the world of difference to my photos!
    Love Holly x

  28. January 23, 2015 / 12:26 am

    Thank-you so much for posting this, I'd heard about a few of these apps but I'd never thought to try the thermometer option on Instagram!

    Frankie x

  29. January 23, 2015 / 2:18 am

    Great tips πŸ™‚
    I've been using After Light for a while now. I love it, it has so many functions to help me edit my photos. I'm not an expert in photo editing, its user-friendly interface really helped a lot. x

  30. January 23, 2015 / 4:32 am

    Afterlight! I've heard so many great things about it, but didn't know whether or not to purchase it. Maybe now, you've helped me confirm my decision. πŸ˜€

    Connie from theconbonz

  31. January 23, 2015 / 10:25 am

    Love this post. Í have used after light for quite some time now and I absolutely love it. The variety of filters and editing tools is just great. I have to say it is worth every penny.
    Did not know about the Instagram editing tool, so I'm definitely gonna try that one out. Thanks for the tip!

  32. January 23, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Thanks for sharing this awesome with us , i'm really in need for these applications as i take my posts photos by my phone so it will help me so much x

  33. January 23, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    I just use instagram's editor, which most of the time is better than picmonkey, which is what I use on the computer to edit all my pictures.

  34. January 23, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Such a useful blog post – I'm constantly editing my photos on my iPhone! <3 xx

  35. January 23, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I love afterlight, I use it on most of my photos. will try the other mentioned apps that are available on android πŸ™‚


  36. January 23, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    These apps look great, I hate when photos end up with a yellow tint, I think I'll definitely purchase Afterlight- thanks for the tips!!
    Emily xx
    Emily May Designs

  37. January 23, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    oooh lovely. I don't have a fancy phone and do all my editing on the PC, but I think I've found that pic candy one, so will try that. I like the look of that one. I edit mine in Pixlr. It used to be the editing tool on photobucket and I hated it at first, then they changed it and I had become so accustomed to it that I use it rather than Photobucket now. You can add tints and make collages and add stickers, text and stuff, so it suits me.

  38. January 24, 2015 / 9:42 am

    This is so useful, thank you for the tips! Editing can make such a huge difference, and your photos are always to gorgeous!

    Emma xo // Wallflower Wardrobe

  39. January 26, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    I love the app after light i use that all the time, ill definitely be checking out the other apps you mentioned πŸ™‚ xx

  40. January 26, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Love your blog Becky! Would really love to know what app you use for when you combine clothing for what you have been wearing lately and have keep a white background. Thanks so much and absolutely adoree your photography and posts. Definitely my blogging inspiration!


  41. January 30, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    I struggle with brightening pictures sometimes so I've just splurged on the first!! x

  42. January 31, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Downloading afterlight as I type! Love it, thanks for sharing πŸ˜€ xo
    amber love

  43. February 3, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Such a helpful post! Could I ask how you do the bokeh effect too? πŸ™‚



  44. February 4, 2015 / 2:02 am

    I'm always on the lookout for new and awesome editing apps for my phone. Haven't tried Pic Candy and Fotor yet, so thanks for the recommendation!

  45. March 8, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Love the look of the pic candy one – am downloading as we speak! πŸ™‚ didn't realise you could do the thermometer thing with instagram – thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚
    Charl x

  46. March 30, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Hi Becky, quick question, in your first picture of the chocolate bar, how do you get the pretty circles on the picture that look like twinkly lights? Thank you for all these tips! Your blog is simply beautiful
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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  49. December 10, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    I love useful posts like this! I’ve always admired your gorgeous photos πŸ™‚

    Emma xx

  50. June 28, 2017 / 7:33 am

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