From November 10 to 14, the Photo Show was held, as in previous years, at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris. Would you like to create photos like a pro? Darkrooms are no longer needed! Today, all you need is a smartphone and a bit of creativity. You will of course be familiar with Instagram. But The Collective has gone just a little bit further and picked out a selection of apps to make your shots into real timeless works of art.
The must have photo-editing app. VSCO enables you to control the exposure and field depth of what you are getting ready to immortalize in order to give your end result more character. But what makes this app truly stand out is the quantity and quality of the filters available. From Kodak to silver-plated, chrome, monochrome and underexposed effects, there is something for all tastes, for more depth and authenticity.
For fans of precision…and perfection. With Snapseed, take total control when editing your photos. Select a very specific point in your photo, zoom in or out, then edit the lighting, contrast, saturation and sharpness, or get trimming! There are so many possibilities for adjustments that they may well appear infinite, although the app has an “auto-edit” mode for the laziest among us. Thanks to its extremely user-friendly design, it will be impossible to not take great photos with Snapseed.
All the benefits of a digital SLR camera in your smartphone. Ideal for stepping up a gear, ProShot enables you to control all the essential settings for your photos, as well as your night-time shots, which require long exposures. ProShot also offers you the possibility to take several photos at the same time with different exposure levels, which can be particularly useful when outdoors, depending on the subject that you are interested in. Next step? Take part in the 2017 Photo Show event with your best shots.
A real camera for your smartphone. With Open Camera, all the controls are manual: ISO, exposure time, white balance and even face detection. Its other benefits include an auto-stabilize feature to avoid blur, as well as the possibility to open and take a photo at the touch of a button, without even being familiar with the app, because Open Camera is designed to be both a generic and the most comprehensive camera available for Android.
>> Download the app from Google Play (free)
As fans of street photography will know, the number one enemy when shooting with a smartphone is perspective. To prevent buildings looking like sticks of chewing gum because of a lack of field depth, SKRWT offers the possibility to correct this major flaw by modifying the horizontal and vertical distortion with a flick of your fingers. You can also view all the information about the shot, from its ISO to its aperture, and so on, so you can recreate your work of art!
Want to immortalize your most beautiful meals? Foodie is the app you need. A burger? Some sushi? A salad? Thanks to the 24 filters available, you will always get the best possible photo. The auto blurring mode recognizes and focuses on food. The app also includes options to correct light levels, colors, sharpness, and even tells you when is the right time to take your photo thanks to the “best angle” option. Really useful in candlelit restaurants.
Add a touch of color to your black and white photos. Touch Color enables you to pick out a specific element in your composition to create more impactful shots. Simply select a part of the photo and the app will leave it in color and convert the rest to black and white. From your loved one’s red lips to an orange in the palm of your hand, artistic effects are guaranteed!
>> Download the app from the App Store (free)