The camera

I don’t have a specific camera app to recommend, here; I think the most important thing is that you’re familiar and comfortable with whatever you use. I personally enjoy the stock Samsung camera that came with my phone, just because of the extra features like manual mode, selfie mode, and the 3D panorama!

[Screenshot of manual mode]

Editing

Snapseed

Snapseed is a great option for quickly editing photos on the go. It’s fairly user-friendly and has a lot of options that are easy to understand, as well as many presets!

Beyond the presets and colour editing, Snapseed also has a wide variety of tools for touching up your photos. Perspective, cropping and rotating, and healing tools are just a few of the options. I currently use Snapseed most for touching up my photos before moving on to Lightroom for more in-depth edits.

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton
Before
Cabot Trail, Cape Breton
After

Lightroom Mobile

Lightroom Mobile is what I use for the bulk of my photo editing. I’ve used the desktop version a lot in school, so I’m very familiar with all the tools, but even if you’re just getting started, there are plenty of presets available! I’ve created a lot of my own to match my editing style, so all my photos go together.

A Color Story

I’ve followed A Beautiful Mess for years, and I was so pumped when they came out with their editing app! The packs are great for quick edits, there are a lot of cute effects and overlays, and the app itself is just a joy to use.

Canva

I don’t use text in my Instagram feed itself, but every so often, I like to create something to put in my stories or on a different platform, and this is where Canva is handy! They have a ton of fonts, elements, and preset layouts that you can use to create social media images on the go.

Organizing

When it comes to organizing my photos, I stay pretty basic: all the photos I take go into my “Camera” folder in my gallery. I go through them once a week or so and delete any that are blurry or otherwise not worth keeping, and back them up to my Google Drive.

Once they’re edited in Snapseed, they’re automatically exported to the Snapseed folder, and then I upload them to wherever they need to be from there. If they’re going to be used on my blog, I’ll back them up to a specific folder in my Google Drive; if they’re going to Instagram, I use Plann to—you guessed it—plan my feed.

Google Drive

Google Drive is definitely my favourite way of organizing media. I use Google Photos on my phone to automatically back them up and sort them, and when backing up photos that are going to be used on my blog, I make sure to add them to a specific folder there as well.

Plann

Now, to be entirely honest, I don’t always use Plann. I mean to, but sometimes, I just forget. However, when I DO use it, I love it! I started with their trial, and have kept using their “LITTLE” plan, which lets you schedule and post 30 Instagram posts per month for one handle. This is more than enough for me (I rarely hit the 30 planned posts, since I will post spur-of-the-moment pretty frequently) but their more extensive plans are pretty affordable for anyone who’s using it enough!

IFTTT

This tool is optional, and I don’t use it ONLY for planning media, but I can say it’s been super helpful! IFTTT (If This, Then That) uses “recipes” composed of triggers and actions to do things automatically for you! Isn’t that great? One of my favourite uses for it is replacing Instagram’s “share to twitter” option, which just tweets the caption and a link. That’s annoying, right? IFTTT’s “Share your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos” recipe solves that problem! Every time I post an Instagram photo, it gets shared to Twitter as an actual photo, and the tweet still includes a link so people can go to my Instagram if they want to. Much better! There are plenty of other uses for IFTTT, some of which I’ll go over at a later date if I ever write about my blogging process, but I highly recommend checking it out!