Apps we use to edit our photos

You can see we've added illustrations and if you look closely, you can see the “dust” effect we’ve added to make it look more filmy.

You can see we've added illustrations and if you look closely, you can see the “dust” effect we’ve added to make it look more filmy.

Typically, we post photos taken on our DSLR (download our FREE camera guide here) to our Instagram feed and photos taken on our phones to our IG Stories.

Photos taken on our DSLR we initially edit on our computer using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. That is a more complicated process that we won’t get into in this post.

For the photos taken on our phone, we do the initial editing on our phones using the apps VSCO (typically filter #6) or Lightroom Mobile (with presets we have purchased).

Once the photos are done with the initial edits, we will airdrop the DSLR photos to our phones or, of course, the phone photos are already there. We then use the same process for all photos:

  1. Retouch - We only use this if there are really distracting things in the background of our photo (like a big green rope to keep people from falling off the mountain at Machu Picchu). Sometimes we do this in Photoshop on our computer, but the easiest way is with this app and for an app, the algorithm is quite good for retouching!

  2. Adobe Sketch - If we want to add any fun illustrations to the photo (like sun rays around Mila’s face, etc.) we use Adobe Sketch app on our phone.

  3. Mextures - Sometimes we like to add “dust” to our photos to make them look more like film and we do this with the Mextures app (our favorite effects are in the Grit and Grain category).

  4. Unfold - If we are putting together a more curated IG story, we use the app Unfold to do cute layouts.

  5. WordSwag - We use this app to add any text to our photos when we want something more fun and unique than the limited fonts available in the Instagram app for IG stories.

To see tips on taking better photos and how we create a cohesive Instagram feed, see this post!