These apps will create the perfect Instagram Story
Curation at its best
Here's where the state of social media stands now: it's all about documentation. As compared to the hours we used to spend editing a photo just to clock up a decent amount of likes on our Instagram feeds, a large part of that time has now been devoted to filming every bit and fragment of our lives on Instagram Stories. And since it is after all, Instagram — it still has to look good, even for a brief 10 seconds.
Say no more, your audience is waiting. Here to help curate the perfect still or mini film on your feed are these wondrous apps. You'll look like a pro in no time.
An extensive catalogue of photo and video editing tools, where you can edit images, enhance videos and add music and more. You can also put in filters, icons and speed-control to maneuver it to the way you want it to be. Lacking a creative head? There are templates to peruse from.
An all-in-one app for all your Instagram needs, Photogrid provides enough diversity in a single app — from making collages, adding gifs and adding AR filters to your photos and videos. You can also beautify your photos by retouching any imperfections by applying countless of beauty filters to your photos. No one has to know that you didn't wake up like this...
You know something is worth investing in when director Malik Bendjelloul had used it in his Oscar-nominated film, Searching For Sugar Man. Launch the app and suddenly you have your very own film camera in your hands. Choose from a variety of vintage filters to apply to your video as they appear real-time through the iPhone's rear and front-facing cameras. Age it up even more by adding dust, scratches, flickering frames and light leaks. Your stories may not be Oscar-worthy (yet) but you're definitely on your way.
If you're into sharing tutorials, this app is a godsend. From cooking demos to workout guides, Jumprope allows you to create each step of your tutorial — while providing your content with a professional touch. Attach a link to each item you're promoting in your video to direct followers for easier access. Play around with the speed, music, text and filters before exporting your video to Instagram stories. Sharing is caring, indeed.
Folks, meet the Kinfolk of all third-party apps. It's almost like scrapbooking, minus the back bending. There's so much aesthetic that goes into Unfold — whether it be the clean frames of two to three photos or the minimalist text in between. Like a Hallmark card, but better.
If you like expressing yourself in words as much as you like to do with photos, this app can help you out. With plenty of font designs that can appear in motion (just like in PowerPoint), music and sound effects, your next story could look more a mini film in the making.
Cue light leaks and vibin' flares, your next still — be it throwback pictures of you and your squad or your last vacation, can appear instantly cooler with the help of this app. Huji Cam takes you back to the retro days of 35mm magic. Its fan base include celebrities like Millie Bobbie Brown and Selena Gomez.
Leave it to Snow to make everything look beautiful. We mean it, even that #nomakeup selfie. With this app, you can enhance everything — from flawless skin to making the waters at East Coast Park seem deceiving blue. Probably also one of the reasons why you can't trust everything you see on social media.
Have something more to show than just a still photo? InstaSize allows video editing and photo collages with up to six photos, and the option of effects and transitions to accomplish effects like timelapses. Forget travelling to Japan to achieve the 'Harajuku kawaii' effect — InstaSize lets you play around with cute stickers and addition of texts on photos.
All apps are available for download on iOS and Android.
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