Top Photo Editing Apps For Instagram + Insta Lately

April 8, 2015

Top Photo Editing Apps for Instagram

Hello friends!  Happy Hump Day!  It has been awhile since doing an “Insta Lately” Post.  I feel like on Instagram, everyone tries to portray their life as picture perfect.  Mine is far from, but I am certainly guilty of taking many, many pictures before posting “thee one.”  I actually laugh at myself at how many different directions, angles, lighting and positions I try sometimes for just one little ole pic.  It’s ridiculous!  Even Casey [my husband] knows to ask me “is this one okay?” before posting a pic on his Instagram.  [He is the King of posting THEE WORST pictures of me!!  Like sometimes I don’t know if he is actually serious or just wanting to mess with me.  And I’ve just learned to give up…sort of.]  I do understand why people are super particular of the photos they post.  We are essentially “branding” ourselves.  And whether or not you have a blog or are representing a certain company, lets be honest…there’s a good majority of you that filters the crap out of your pictures!  I personally do not use the editing tools in Instagram.  I edit my photos prior to uploading it in the App.  Things may have changed with the most recent Instagram update, but I felt that the original filters offered jeopardized the quality of the photos which is why I started using other programs.  So here is a list of my TOP PHOTO EDITING APPS:

PicTapGo [$1.99] This app is SO easy to use and offers a ton of different editing options. The “Lights On” and “Auto Color” are probably the two filters I use most. You can layer the different effects on top of one other. There is a wide range of filter options covering all of your editing needs and if you don’t like one of the edits you made, you can quickly undo it. What’s also great is it allows you to save your editing process to use for future pictures.

Afterlight: [$0.99] This used to be my go-to app, prior to PicTapGo. You can change each individual effect: brightness, sharpness, contrast, tone, etc.  It is simple and easy to use.  I love “brightening” my photos as much as possible without ruining the quality of the picture or looking too overexposed.

Picfx: [$1.99] There are tons of layerable effects to choose from, but I love the PFX Film Filters best.  I most commonly use PFX 5, PFX 10x, PFX 15, and PFX 150.  In the Urban Set, the first filter option is called “Enhance” which is also a good one if the original lighting wasn’t so great.

The Light Filters have the Bokeh effect [those white and gold dots you often see].  I almost always use Bokeh 2 and you can rotate where the dots go.   In the first picture below, I believe I used PFX 5 + Bokeh 2 [rotated 2x] + Bokeh 2 [rotated 3x].

VSCOcam: [FREE] There are tons of different filters and you can adjust the fade overlay for each one.  In addition to the filters, it has a “tools” option where you can individually change the effects [brightness, color, contrast, etc].  I find that a lot of professional photographers favor this App.

Tip: If you want to see how a photo is going to look in your Instagram feed before actually posting it, you can upload your pictures to the VSCOcam library to make sure you like the way it looks!

Frametastic: [FREE] I use this for collages. Comes in a ton of layouts and you can purchase additional ones if you wish.  You can even add video which is really cool! I don’t have experience with the video part, but am going to be playing around with it.

Over: [$0.99] Used to add text to an image.


You can follow me @jaime_cittadino if you aren’t already and if you want to see more of Harley and her cuteness, you can follow her here: @Harley_Liv.

And here is my Insta Lately…

Jaime Cittadino insta pic

American Eagle Distressed Denim [old, but love these]  |  GAP Sweater  |  Banana Republic Scarf [old. This one is perfect for Spring!]

Tealhouse Collection Jewelry

Teal House Collection Earrings  |  Teal House Collection Necklace

Jaime Cittadino instagram pic

Clare Vivier Clutch [Enter SPRING25 at checkout to get 25% Off from now until 4/9]  |  Kate Spade Sunnies [Also ON SALE by entering SPRING25]  |  Kendra Scott Earrings  |  Kendra Scott Bracelet

Rocksbox Necklace

Necklace via ROCKSBOX [Don’t forget to get your FIRST MONTH FREE by entering sunflowersandstilettosxoxo at checkout]!

Everyday makeup essentials

My Recent Go To Beauty Products

Urban Decay Naked Palette  |  Nars Contour Brush  |  AEsthetica Contour Kit [almost exact]  |  Anastasia Brow Pencil & Brow Kit  |  YSL Touche Éclat  |  Chanel Mascara  |  BareMinerals Foundation  |  BareMinerals Foundation Brush  |  Tarte Blush  |  Hourglass Lipgloss in Child  |  Beauty Blender

You Can Never Be Overdressed or Overeducated

Kate Spade Pen  |  Kate Spade Notebook

Anthropologie Instagram

See Full Outfit Post Here

Anthropologie Top  |  Citizens of Humanity Jeans  |  Clare Vivier Clutch  |  Steve Madden Heels  |  Kendra Scott Earrings  |  Movado Watch

like a boss mug

Moon and Lola Mug

Harley Liv Cittadino instagram

Turbans for Tots Headband  |  Old Navy Onesie  |  GAP Skirt  |  Freshly Picked Moccasins

Harley Cittadino 7 months

Our girl is 7 Months Old!

Janie and Jack Romper [old]

Jaime and Harley Cittadino instagram

Growing up, I thought moms who dressed like their daughters were super corny.  Welp, that is now me!!!  My oh my, how things change!! 🙂

On Me:  J Crew Top  |  J Crew Jeans [Get 25% Off with code SHOPNOW]  |  Forever 21 Phone Case  |  Aloha From OPI Nailpolish

Home:  Homegoods Lamps  |  West Elm Euro Sham [We have the matching Duvet, but it’s not currently on the bed]  |  Hotel Collection Sham  |  Duvet [very similar and ON SALE!]  |  Pillows from Homegoods and World Market  |  Pier One Bench  |  Homegoods Tray  |  Ikea Bed

Harley Cittadino instagram

My shopping buddy!

Turbans for Tots Headband GAP Shirt  |  Old Navy Jeans  |  Freshly Picked Mocassins

Jaime, Casey and Harley Cittadino on instagram

Family Selfie! On our way to brunch. [Stolen from Casey’s Insta Feed]

Jaime Cittadino instagram pic

Free People Sweater  |  Free People Tank  |  Kendra Scott Earrings  |  Taner Bar Necklace [my new fav!]  |  Kendra Scott Ring  |  Margaret Elizabeth Ring via ROCKSBOX

If you’re on Snapchat, add me [well really Harley] @jaime_cittadino for some silly and not so perfect shenenigans!

Have a favorite App you love to use when editing your pics?  I’d love to hear!  Leave a comment and tell me what your go-to Apps are!

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  • Reply Morgan April 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I love using camera+ .. it sounds a lot like Afterlight. It has adjustments such as brightness and sharpness (the 2 I use the most!) and also color filters. I will have to try out some that you mentioned! Thanks for the tips!

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    • Reply jaime_cittadino April 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Morgan! So funny!! I literally JUST downloaded Camera + before reading your comment! Will def be checking it out 🙂

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