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photo editing with apps


Hello friends! Today we are just getting to Australia and settling in. I scheduled this post (and pretty much all of my posts) ahead of time so my blog isn’t like chirping crickets while I’m away. Be sure to follow my overseas happenings as I share live updates on what we’re doing, where we’re going, and who we’re seeing in Australia for the next week and a half.

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I wanted to share with you something that I do every single day. It’s part of my daily routine and efforts to cultivate a good life and record it.

I take pictures on my iPhone 5S every single day. I know many of you are in that daily habit, as well. In fact, my dSLR only lands in my hands about once a month or so. My day-to-day capturing happens on the device that is with me all the time. Therefore, it’s my favorite camera. Never before have we been able to so instantly capture moments and have instant results and phenomenal quality.

The icing on the cake for me is that now, with so many awesome photo-editing apps available, we can quickly, easily, and conveniently edit the photos right there in our phone, instead of having to bring them up into some software on our computer when we’re back home sitting at the desk.

I’m a fan of quick, easy, and convenient. And I’m a fan of making my photos look their best.


This is not a photo-editing app review. I’m not sharing my specific experience with 10 different apps because quite frankly, I haven’t tried that many in depth. I just use the one that works for me and right now, it’s PicTapGo. This is not a sponsored post. I am simply sharing my current favorite go-to photo-editing app, which could certainly change down the road if something better comes along. For now, I’m pretty darn pleased with what I can do to improve my everyday pictures in an instant.

I’ll let the pictures in the rest of this speak for themselves. Below each photo I mention the name(s) of the filter(s) that I tapped for each respective photo. Sometimes just one filter. Sometimes I do 2 or 3 filters to get the look I’m going for. And it’s all live preview while you’re editing so there’s no guessing. It’s a beautiful thing. Just like bacon. Bacon’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?



Lights On + Crispity



Auto Color + Awake



Warm It Up + Bright Side + Sweet Tooth



Loft + Sweet Tooth






Lights On + Randsburg






Lights On + Warm It Up + Eternal






Auto Color + Lights On



Randsburg + Auto Color


Some of you who follow me on social media may be thinking, “Of course she added a sunset picture!” How could I not? I am regularly capturing sunset pictures on my iPhone and most of the time, I give them a quick 10-second edit to enhance the image. I love it. And of course I share these sunset photos on social media.

All of these photos are taken by me, on my iPhone 5S, and edited with the PicTapGo app. Next step? Print and place into a Project Life® album, of course. If you have experience with a favorite photo-editing app, please share in the comments! I’d love to hear what’s working for you.


58 Responses

  1. Kendra says:

    I enjoy Pictapgo as well. I have a hard time taking them off my phone and into print. What is your process for printing? And do you delete them from your camera to save space on your phone? What’s your work flow for that?

  2. Jennifer C says:

    I wish it was available in an android version :(.

  3. Carol says:

    I’m currently loving Camera +. They just added some new features that give you the best of all worlds–individual control for sharpness, brightness, etc. and also a whole host of filters and frames. I like PicTapGo but it’s a bit too simple for me; I’ve found with Camera + that I get the “just right” amount of control on my iPhone photos.

    And yes, I’d LOVE to hear how everyone is printing their photos off their phones. I have the Costco app and have uploaded and printed that way but find the quality of the iPhone photos to not be that great (I use Costco for all my photo printing so it’s a photo thing not a Costco thing :)) and the cropping to be weird.

    • Tamra says:

      I just started using PicTapGO as well and it is very cool! Love all the different filters and layering one on top of the other. However, I do still like Camera + as well. It gives you more precise tinkering which is sometimes good, but is not as quick as PicTapGo. For all my printing I use Persnickety Prints. You can upload straight from your iphone using the Lifepics app. They have the best quality, best service and best prices anywhere! Chari Pack and her team at PP are absolutely the bomb! They print rapid fast and ship all over the US for a flat $5 regardless of how much or what you order (including really big items). Check them out!

    • brian says:

      You should try KrojamSoft PhotoViewerPro. Great for photo editing as you want…

  4. Marie says:

    PicTapGo and VSCO are my fave

  5. Georgia says:

    My favorite as well!!

  6. Kristy says:

    Thanks for the info on photo editing. What program do you store your photos from your phone? I started storing them on shutter fly and was wondering if this is a good place to store them.

  7. Kate says:

    Thanks for sharing. I always wondered how your iPhone was basically the only camera you used!
    Off to explore the app now …

  8. Alicia says:

    do you print directly from your phone on a Apple devise compatable printer??…Thanks

  9. Leslie S. says:

    I’ve had this app on my iPhone for a while but have not used it. I will now. Thanks for sharing that info.

  10. Kassie says:

    This looks awesome. Does anyone know if this is compatible with my dinosaur iPhone 4s??

  11. Heather C says:

    So helpful! Thank you. I am a new iPhone user and use it to take photos often but have only used editing tools (very limited) that come on the phone. Would love a post about printing these sometime…I am guessing just upload and go, but with PL, is there a trick for 3×4 pics? Thinking I saw a post about that somewhere but cannot remember if it was on your blog, or maybe Ali’s…not sure.

  12. Rachel says:

    I have an android phone “Samsung”… are there any great photo apps you now of for this phone.. thank you for sharing Becky. Looking forward to meeting in in Australia.

  13. Katrina says:

    My iPhone photos tend to be blurry, especially when I look at them someplace besides my phone. I have no idea why. I do like the PicTapGo app. And I use Camera+ sometimes too.

    • ConnieC says:

      2 things that may help you.
      1. Touch the screen in the place you want the camera to focus. A box outline will come up and the camera will focus on that area.

      2. Use the volume button to take the photo instead of using the touchscreen button. You’ll have a steadier image.
      Hope those things help you get better photos.

  14. Lika says:

    Up through last year, I had an iPhone and Camera+ was my favorite. It was love at first download and I highly recommend it! I heard they have added some things which I’m sure only makes it better.
    I now have an Android -anyone have any recommendations for Android? Thanks.

    • Tina McNamara says:

      I’m thinking of upgrading my phone. I now have an android. Which do you prefer, since you’ve had both and why?

    • Ashley says:

      I use A Beautiful Mess. I like that it allows me to type on the photos, change the lighting and has a few filters. I pair their filters with Instagram filters and voila! xoxo

  15. Rebecca says:

    Welcome to Australia!

  16. Whitney S says:

    Do you just print them as a normal 4×6?

    • Brandi Nielsen says:

      Yes :)

    • Laurie says:

      I use Snapfish for printing. Snapfish gives a “digital” option. The photo that is printed is actually a bit smaller than 4 x 6 (I think 4 x 5.3). Doing it this way, nothing gets cropped. I don’t understand the science behind all this. It’s something about camera sensor size and aspect ratio and other terms I don’t understand. But, if I print my photos from the iphone without clicking this option, then I run the risk of the photo being cropped in weird ways.

  17. Robyn says:

    Does anyone out there know a good app for taking pictures at night/in the dark? We live on a lake and last week the full moon was so pretty – but I just couldn’t capture it!

  18. Stacia says:

    I love the special effects of Painteresque – so fun. :-) And my flow for photos on my phone is to sync them to my laptop with Dropbox (dead simple to set up, syncs to the cloud and back down to my laptop seamlessly), then once a month, I copy a whole month’s worth of photos into a folder in my regular photo archive folder for the year and delete them off Dropbox. Periodically I also have to clean them off my phone as well because I take soooo many photos (and videos). Sometimes if I’ve taken a bunch of photos for one event or activity, I’ll copy those into their own folder, just as I do for photos from my big camera, and then I don’t keep copies of those in my monthly archive folder of iPhone photos.

    Once they’re on your laptop, just use in digital scrapbooking or send off for printing as you normally would!

  19. Kate Burroughs says:

    I have really been loving taking landscape photos with Waterlogue, which renders them into watercolors. I don’t like how people turn out in the app for the most part. But landscapes are super to get something that looks like you spent hours drawing and painting it. It comes with a range of filters also that you can try out and choose your favorite before saving.
    Aloha, Kate

  20. Angela says:

    How do you get your Instagram photos to have a rectangle look (similar to a 4×6 ratio) instead of being square?

    • Brandi Nielsen says:

      If you take the photo in the instagram app, I am not sure you can print the photo out into a 4×6. You will want to take your photos with your phone camera. You can then always upload those photos to instagram to share, but still have a copy of it in your gallery to print into a 4×6.

  21. Mary says:

    Does either pictapgo or camera+ allow you to add text to your photos?

  22. I usually use AfterLight, and love it for most photos, but once in a while I still can’t get the look I want. I’ve tried the PicTapGo app, but I just can’t get the hang of it. I wish I could preview the filters more easily at a larger size without having to undo the filter. It just feels a little too clunky, to use a technical term. ;) Maybe I’ll have to combine the two apps.

  23. Coley says:

    I’ve played with just about every photo app out there! I love VSCO for editing/filters. For adding text: LetterGlow and Phonto (both allow you to install your own fonts…makes it super easy to coordinate between phone and PC!). For fun overlays/stamps/graphics/etc: Studio+, Rhonna, Mystic. PicsPlay, PlixrExpress+, and PicsArt have a bit of everything (basic edits, filters, text/overlays). LINE Camera has a TON of cool features (“drawing” on the photo with tons of different types of brushes, overlaying one photo onto another), and I just got a new one called Rookie. I haven’t gotten to play with it too much yet, but it seems AWESOME. Sooo many editing possibilities!!

  24. Lorraine says:

    Hi Becky. I have only just found project life and I’ve just been to spotlight and bought all your goodies. Now to have a go. I just saw this post and was wondering……. sorry, but, How do you possible print from and iphone. I have it but I’ve never printed from it. I didn’t think you could x

    • I love Afterlight, and VSCO. Both are amazing apps :) I can always get behind new software though, so I’ll definitely give pictapgo a run! Thanks Becky!

    • Tania Thomson says:

      Officeworks camera kiosks let you upload directly from you phone either with bluetooth or you can install the kodak app on your smart phone (the officeworks kiosk directs you onscreen). The other option is to save your photos to the sd card on your phone and you can insert that into the photo kiosk.
      Good luck you will love PL!

      Depending what sort of pocket pages (eg. Design A) you have you can print your vertical(portrait) photos as mini photos of 2 4x3s on a 6×4 photo which you can trim yourself at home. Officeworks mini photos.

  25. I love Afterlight, and VSCO. Both are amazing apps :) I can always get behind new software though, so I’ll definitely give pictapgo a run! Thanks Becky!

  26. rachelrich says:

    I really enjoy with this App and we also launch a new photo editing scrapbook App. you can visit our website any time for this mind blowing Followlife editing App.

  27. Leslie says:

    Just downloaded the app and OMG it’s so fantastic! The multiple filters is exactly what I’ve been wanting! Thank you Becky! I’m so glad I decided to spend my morning catching up on your blog. Now I am so inspired to get my butt into gear. I can get my photos filtered the way I want, add some cute text using the app A Beautiful Mess, and start printing! Catching up on PL, here I come!

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  30. Kimberly O. says:

    Snapseed is a great Android photo editor app. (And it’s FREE.)

  31. Kate says:

    Love Snapseed & Camera+. I’ll have to try this one – sounds like a good one!

  32. Shweta singh says:

    Hey’ guys from last one year i have been using pip camera photo editor by photoMediaApps it has lots of photo editing tools and feature thanks to share this information with us

  33. Really love this photo editing apps. Now I am using camera plus, but I want to try to use your apps. Hope it will give me the best control for sharpness, lighting and brightness.

  34. Maria says:

    As of a few months ago the Pic-Tap-Go is suuuuuuuuper slow in the BH app. It used to be relatively fast switching between the apps. Now it takes FOREVER. And the BH app dies half the time. :(

  35. Erin M. says:

    I would love to be able to use the pic-tap-go app on my iPhone and then be able to upload those photos directly to my computer after they’ve been edited in pic-tap-go. But…the photos will only upload at their original state. Not the edited version. Very frustrating. Why is this? Does anyone know how to get the photos to stay edited when uploading them to computer?