Written by Ma. Rachel Yapchiongco, as originally published at Instagram-enhancing apps
Instagram is a community of more than 300 million who love to capture and share photos of anything under the sun.
Do you want Instagram-ready photos? Take your photos up a notch with these Instagram-enhancing apps.
Whitagram – This app makes it convenient to post rectangular images on Instagram without cropping and sacrificing portions of the image to fit on Instagram. Whitagram allows you to post your photo in its original dimensions. A frame fills any unused space and the frame color and size can be changed. Free download.
Compatibility: Works for Android and requires iOS 6.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
Snapseed – It’s a photo editing app with basic and advance features:
• Straightening and cropping tool
• Tune image tool – Adjust brightness, ambiance, contrast, saturation, shadows, and warmth.
• Selective adjust tool – Control brightness, contrast and saturation.
• Details tool – Adjust sharpening and structure settings.
• Center Focus Tool
For more creative images, Use the filters, frames and advance features. This app can be downloaded for free.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android-compatible.
Pic Stitch – Want to post awesome collages to showcase highlights of a special occasion or event without tediously uploading a lot of photos for people to view one by one.
Pic Stitch combines multiple pictures into one beautifully framed image. You have the option to customize photo borders. Choose from up to 245 different layouts.
The app comes with photo effects filters and tools that let you pan, rotate, flip and zoom photos. You can easily export images to Instagram in high resolution. Free download.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Pic Stitch also works for Android.
VSCO Cam – It is an easy to use photo app that allows you to add cool effects to your images. VSCO Cam can be downloaded for free. It’s a powerful photo editor with built-in presets (both free and paid). The app features 10 free filters and sliders to help you adjust color temperature and highlights.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android compatible.
Layout from Instagram – This free app from Instagram lets you combine multiple images into one single image before sharing on Instagram. Layout can combine up to nine images. There’s no need to sacrifice quality of the photos because Layout retains the original quality or design of the photo.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch only.
Hyperlapse from Instagram – This app is perfect for making quality time lapse videos without carrying a bulky tripod to keep your phone or tablet steady. Hyperlapse “instantly stabilizes to smooth out the bumps from the road and give it a cinematic feeling.” You can capture videos while you’re walking, running, jumping or even falling. Want a faster speed? Hyperlase lets you speed up your video up to 12 times. This app can be downloaded for free.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Also works for Android.
Latergramme – Did you take an image but don’t want to share it on Instagram just yet? This has been a dilemma for quite a while until Latergramme came along. The app allows you to upload the image in advance and schedule for posting at a later time. Latergramme makes it possible to manage your Instagram posts. This app can be downloaded for free.
Free to download for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.
Quick – Add text and caption to your Instagram photos with this app. It comes with free, default fonts that you can use on your photos. This app can be downloaded for free.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Quick also works for Android.
Afterlight – This image editing app features 15 adjustment tools to enhance your images, 74 filters (adjustable original filters and guest filters by Instagram users), 78 textures, cropping and transforming tools, and 128 different frames. This costs $0.99.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android compatible too.
Photo screencaps from iTunes.
Rachel Yapchiongco, also known as Rach to her friends, is a Psychology and Marketing Management graduate of De La Salle University. Rachel is a full-time mom to a charming young boy and married to an entrepreneur who has a passion for cooking. She shares parenting experiences and slices of everyday life on her personal blog called Heart of Rachel. Follow her on Instagram @rachcorner.