VSCO Cam is mobile photo-editing application available for both iOS and Android devices. VSCO Tools allow users to fine-tune photos, and preset packs are available on the in-App store. VSCO is integrated with the curated VSCO Grid, showcasing published photos by VSCO creatives around the world.
There is minimal guide in the app and I had to try familiarising myself with the user interface by experimenting with its preset filters first. After that I found a particular way I preferred my photos to look like, and proceeded to repetitively copy and paste my favourite settings on every photo. This helped loads in making my Instagram feed look coherent and nicely curated!
There are a lot of photography apps out there in the market, but I haven't found one that is as easy to use and effective as VSCO. This plus the iPhone camera, is probably a match made in heaven.
The design of the application is sleek, but initially i found the application a little confusing since I’m not familiar with photographic terms and with a virtually wordless interface it took a little time to get used to. Once I got the hang of it though, editing became a breeze. By choosing only the essential tools, VSCO makes the application accessible even to novices like me. Otherwise, the free presets alone are enough to make your photo look effortlessly aesthetic. My favourite presets are those that emulate film like C3 and LV1, both of which look natural and replicate it well.
Even if you’re not particularly mindful of what you post on your main Instagram accounts, just playing around with the tools on different photos or exploring the creative community on VSCO Grid is plenty of fun.
VSCO has the usual editing functions, such as the brightness, contrast, saturation etc. There are so many ways for you to enhance your photo using VSCO. I’m so amazed how my ugly photos can look like top Instagram posts just by using the filters and editing features available. Unfortunately, I have not mastered the art of editing yet, even with VSCO.
I’m always awed at how the photos on my Instagram feed can look so good, as if they were shot by professional photographers. VSCO really makes me feel more confident about posting my photos on Instagram as my photos won’t stand out as a sore thumb anymore. It’s truly an app for photography noobs like me.
The editing options available in the app are diverse, with one of my favourite unique ones being ‘Shadows Tint’, which can change the mood of your photos drastically. The filters I use most often are A6 when I want to emphasize the shadows, or C1 when I want the colours to be more vibrant. I’d purchase more filters, but the prices seemed too exorbitant to me. A tiny downside would be that the adjustment knobs for the tools are not seamless sliders like Instagram’s, and so photographs are difficult to fine-tune.
VSCO is an app I swear by, a plus point being the fact that it’s free on the store. Additional presets come at a price though, but promotions do take place, so I’d grab the opportunity when it comes again.