5 Apps To Make Your Travel Photography Stand Out

Long gone are the days of grainy flip phone photos. Now almost anybody can take a postcard-worthy picture with the tap of their smartphone. Not only has phone camera technology improved over the years, there are a number of user-friendly apps that can help turn your travel shots into cool photos without having to be an experienced photographer. Try these five easy-to-use photo editing apps that can help you transform the pictures you take on your next trip.

Plus, we have travel photography tips from a pro, and the best places to take a selfie in Porter destinations.

Best for perfecting your next Instagram post – Pic Tap Go

Cost: $3.99 on the App Store or $3.89 on Google Play
Use it for: Layering on filters (because two is better than one)

This user-friendly app comes with dozens of stackable filters to brighten, warm up or cool down your travel snaps. You simply pick your picture, choose your filter(s) and save. It’s a great tool for travellers who want to quickly edit their photos without compromising on quality. The app, which has a built-in camera feature, also stores editing combinations to save yourself the trouble of remembering your favourite filters and editing preferences in the future.

Best for editing selfies – Adobe Lightroom

Cost: Free on the App Store or Google Play (or upgrade to a premium version)
Use it for: Making your selfies stand out and organizing photos like a pro

Lightroom is a simpler, mobile-friendly version of Photoshop that allows you to easily brighten, sharpen and adjust your photos, and offers features like white balance and a number of special effects. The app also includes more complex editing tools for the experienced photographer. Plus, it has a handy organization feature which allows you to label, categorize and rate your own photos.

Best for perfecting landscape shots – Photoshop Express

Cost: Free on the App Store or Google Play
Use it for: Showcasing amazing views, vistas and sunsets

Another Adobe app, Photoshop Express has a more diverse range of editing tools compared to Lightroom. Like the desktop version, it allows users to execute more complicated actions like removing red eye, creating collages, and working with layers for a more detailed edit right on your phone.

Best for giving your photos an artistic feel – VSCO

Cost: Free on the App Store or Google Play, or upgrade to a VSCO X membership for about $20 per year
Use it for: Cool filters to give your photos a hip feel

This app has been a favourite of professional photographers and globetrotters for awhile. The filters help give photos an artistic, retro look and the app allows you to journal your photos publicly. The free version offers 10 preset filters, but you can upgrade to VSCO X to gain access to over 170 filters, in addition to advanced editing tools.

Best for editing food photos – Snapseed

Cost: Free on the App Store and Google Play
Use it for: Foodstagrams and adding witty captions

What’s a getaway without snapping pictures of the meals you enjoyed? This Google-owned app offers 29 filters and tools to choose from, including a healing brush that will get rid of any imperfections on the plate. The app also gives you the ability to fine-tune details in your photos with the curve tool, which adjusts brightness, highlights, and shadows, and shift colours to perfection. You can also add text and easily undo edits.