TECH BYTE: Make Pictures Perfect with Photo Editing Apps


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — We all want great looking photos to post on social media.

Smartphone apps can make it happen with just a little editing.

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There are hundreds of free ones you can download to make your photos picture perfect.

If you’re a big fan of filters, then the Darkroom app is for you.

You can choose from some of the free filters already on the app, or make one of your own, and save it for later.

You can do basic photo editing, as well.

Another easy app to use that most people have is Instagram.

You can choose between several filters to make the pictures more dramatic, or just keep it simple.

You can do the basics on Instagram. You can straighten and sharpen your pictures, or adjust the brightness.

The nice thing about Instagram, is you can link it to your other social media accounts – like Facebook and Twitter – so it’s easy to post the pictures to multiple websites all at once.

Another good editing app to have is Snapseed (iOS, Android).

It also has filters to choose from, but even more editing tools than Instagram.

The brush tool lets you choose where you want to adjust the exposure.

The healing one makes it easy to get rid of blemishes, or other objects altogether.

With any of these apps, you can save all of the edited pictures right to your phone.

And one more tip for improving your pictures – just take more of them!

Practice makes perfect.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’