Editing iPhone Pictures Using Afterlight

edit collageI love my iPhone. And I love the convenience of taking pictures on it while I’m on the go and out and about without bringing my big ole camera with me. You’ve seen the camera. In case you forgot, here it is in all its glory:

Processed with VSCOcam with s1 presetAnyway. I can’t exactly take that into the grocery store every time we go (holding both of the big girls’ hands and wearing the baby with a purse and a big DSLR is not my kind of idea of a productive grocery trip). So, iPhone photography it is. It allows me to get shots of fun outings, like this day:

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOr when we went looking for eggs at my brother’s house and the girls had a blast cracking eggs on their cousins’ heads to see all the confetti inside:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThese moments are priceless, and I am so glad to be able to capture them on my phone because I always have my phone. Remember, that time I confessed to you that social media is ruining my motherhood? Okay, but let’s not talk about that right now. This is just me using my phone for editing photos.

My favorite photo editing app on my iPhone? Afterlight. I’m slightly obsessed. It’s amazing. I learned about it from Grace over at Camp Patton on her post about editing iPhone pics. I have loved it ever since then.

I was in love with VSCOcam for a long time, but I can pretty much do everything and more with Afterlight’s app.

So, here is my step-by-step of editing iPhone pictures using Afterlight (which is extremely user-friendly):Afterlight Collage

  1. I upload the picture from my camera roll.
  2. I do Clarity right away, and I usually leave it at 50% which is the default.
  3. I then use Brightness to brighten the photos. This brightness feature is the best I’ve seen on any app. It’s amazing. And I love it. Every time, use it, abuse it, it’s amazing.
  4. I’ll go over and add a filter. The “Guest” filters are my favorites. Like Camp Patton, I love Russ or even the new Bright Fire is pretty dang cool.
  5. My favorite feature of Afterlight is the Dusty and Light Leak textures. They’re so.freaking.cool. Light leaks are my favorite. I’ll click on those, and then you have 30 options (30!!) for where you want to add some lighting texture on the photo. You can then change where you want the lighting to sit, you can add different colors to the lighting, and you can even fade it a little bit so it’s not as strong of a texture. It’s rad. And sold me.
  6. You can also make the photo into a square for Instagram, or you can crop it however you need or want.
  7. I click “done,” and it gives me an array of options to do with my photo.

The one downfall to Afterlight? It doesn’t save my photos like VSCO does. I have my entire library in VSCO sitting there, but in Afterlight, I HAVE to save my image to my camera roll or it will be gone and I will cry a bajillion tears ever.

So, that’s my scoop. Here are a couple more before/afters:

Siena CollageThe Girls Collage

What’s your favorite photo editing tool?

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Jenna is the mama behind A Mama Collective. She has three beautiful daughters who cause a lot of chaos and joy in her life. She also has a husband who is gracious and kind, and who looks away when cloth diaper mail arrives.
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  1. This is great info. I’ll be looking into the app. I do enjoy A Beautiful Mess, though it’s more of a funsie tool than something like this.
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    • I had A Beautiful Mess for a while but then got rid of it when my storage was fool. Ah! Sometimes I wish I hadn’t ;) I hope you enjoy the app!!

    • Yay, good! I hope you like it :)

  2. Love! I tried VSCO and didn’t think it was that great (most likely it’s because I’m not detailed enough to really be a photographer!) can’t wait to give this a try!
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    • Yay I hope you like it, Kel!!

  3. Uhhh…this is pretty much genius! I could hug you! My pictures are ALWAYS dark because I usually am nowhere close to any source of natural lighting when I decide to snap a shot. I love new, fun apps, so thanks for sharing this with us! Going to download it pronto! :)

    • I really hope you find it useful! I’ve loved it so much :) and I’ll take that hug anytime! ;)

  4. Awwwwesommmme! I’ve had this app and just haven’t used it yet, but NOW I most certainly will! “Use it. Abuse it.” hahahaha I felt like this post was like a real conversation we’d have if we were hanging out, loved it! Thanks for sharing, gonna go play on this app now.
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  5. Jenna! I always thought there was a reason your iphone pix looked so great:) I’m going to try this thanks!

  6. Jenna, Thanks for the intro to this app. I shared your blog with Linda. She has a great cooking blog with more than just recipes. Here’s a link http://www.lespetitesgourmettes.com/

    Going to get Afterlight right NOW!!

    • You got it :) I hope you like it! Love you lots and lots.

  7. I LOVE Afterlight. It has been my go to photo editing app especially since I do not have a fancy camera!

    • Ditto :) It’s awesome. Even for my fancy camera pictures!!

  8. Ummm… Seriously amazing. I’ve mostly used PicTapGo and vscom. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Like you, I always have my phone vs my camera. Although I love my D3200 so much, it’s not always convenient – especially for the every day snap shots. I’m going to download Afterlight now because I haven’t found any other app that I adore yet!
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    • I really hope you enjoy the app, Kristina! Thank you so much for coming by :) ~Jenna


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