Shawn Blanc has written:
“Though I haven’t tried hundreds of iPhone photo editing apps, I have tried dozens and VSCO is my favorite, too. What I like about VSCO Cam is that the filters are not cheesy. They don’t make my photo look “cool” they make it look better. And, almost all of the folks I follow on Instagram who post the most jealousy-inducing shots are using VSCO to edit on their iPhone.”
And I completely agree with him.
VSCO Cam for iPhone is the best photo editing App that I’ve ever tried.
- It’s powerful and simple.
- It’s both gorgeous to see (look at the UI of the Store) and functional to use.
I’m positively impressed by VSCO Cam because with few clicks it allows to edit and create beautiful images… absolutely better from the images that you can create in Instagram. I’m a huge fan of Instagram, however I think that the included filters are not so good: every single filter in IG is too strong, too invasive, and the result is that every photo you take is not the original thing that you’ve photographed. Instagram filters tend to mangle reality. VSCO Cam filter doesn’t, or well, they can but they do it in a different way… let me explain.
In my personal view, the action of edit a photo is not simple as you may think: when I edit a shot my first thought goes to the mood that the shot wants to create in the viewer. I experiment, I try different filters, different exposures, different gradients and so on. So, edit a photo is not so simple as apply a super-cool-filter and stop.
VSCO Cam allows you to do that: to experiment, to find the right mood and give character to your shots. There’re many wonderful filters, but also good advanced tools to use, everything packaged into a simple and beautiful App.
After using VSCO Cam for few days, I’ve also decided to give a chance to VSCO Film (for Aperture). I wanted to try the same positive experience editing on my Mac and that’s exactly what I’ve found.
VSCO is now my first choice to edit and enhance my photos, both on my iPhone (with VSCO Cam) and on my Mac (with VSCO Film 1 and 2 for Aperture 3). VSCO Cam is what I call a “ fake free App ”, because it comes free, with only ten effects to use but there’re more and more ready to be bought in-app. If you want to have few filters more, they worth the money, but the ten default filters are enough to start.
My suggestion is to download VSCO Cam for iPhone (the iPad version is coming soon) and experiment yourself the incredible power of this little App; moreover if you want to read an accurate review check out the best site of great Apps on the web.
Below there’re few shots I’ve edited with VSCO (Cam and Film).
[Update] Here's also the link to my VSCO Grid