Top 5 Free Photo Editing Apps for Travel Photography

One of the most difficult tasks to keep up with while traveling is photo sharing. How do you keep everyone in the loop without sacrificing the quality of your photos? Let's face it: for most of you backpacking, that expensive camera you purchased and CS6 sitting on your laptop aren't going to be used as frequently as you thought, so your iPhone or Android will just have to suffice.
 

Here are my top five favorite (and FREE) photo editing apps:

1. Snapseed (available on iOS and Android devices)

Snapseed is a powerful photo editing app that allows you to make changes to specific elements of your image. I use this app on my iPhone to adjust brightness and saturation in select areas, as opposed to the whole photo.

Santa Monica, CA
Photo: Olivia Christine

New Orleans, LA
Photo: Olivia Christine

2. VSCOcam (available on iOS and most Android devices)

VSCOcam is like the hipster editing app for photos. There are paid features in the app, however, the free preset filters work just fine. This app does not allow for selective editing, but has a great fade and shadow feature that I find helpful when trying to give my shots a minimal, vintage effect.

Harlem, NY
Photo: Olivia Christine

Montréal, Quebéc
Photo: Olivia Christine

3. Studio Design (available on iOS and Android devices)

For those adding an editorial twist to your images, Studio Design is typography heaven. It is a sweet app preloaded with a plethora of filters, text, shapes, crops, frames, and preset design packs. The app also frequently offers new overlays for download to add to your design stash. It's a great way to practice turning your favorite photos into the perfect viral meme.

Santa Monica, CA
Photo: Olivia Christine

Whole Foods
Photo: Olivia Christine

4. No Crop (available on iOS and Android devices)

Anyone who uses Instagram knows how annoying its auto-crop "feature" is: cutting off our artsy rectangular photos to fit their square format. No Crop is a simple, easy-to-use app that lives up to its namesake. Simply upload your picture and resize it until you see that your photo isn't cut off. This quick fix will now leave a square of white space surrounding the image, tricking Instagram into thinking that you have given in and conformed to their requirements. I don't use this app often, but when I do, I feel very sneaky. 

Brooklyn, NY
Photo: Olivia Christine

Peaks Island, ME
Photo: Olivia Christine

5. Picslide (available on iOS devices)

If you are looking to create a slideshow with multiple photos from your trip (and avoid annoying your followers with photo-overload), a useful app to download is Picslide. Unlike other slideshow apps, this free version does not leave a watermark on your finished product, so no one has to know you didn't pay. The app features the signature Instagram square format and allows you to select a 15 second time limit. You can also speed up or slow down your slideshow, as well as choose a song from your phone's music library to accompany the video.