Everyone has their phone with them all the time. Got five minutes; let’s scroll Instagram or break the latest jewel game, but what if we used it as a tool rather than a time killer?
Recently, I removed all games from my phone, so I’m not tempted to spend my time making three jewels match. I also deleted Facebook and messenger. I still have Instagram, but it’s not on my main iPhone screen. I tailored my iPhone screen to help me stay on task and want to create.
The creative apps I keep on my home screen:
The native camera app is excellent, and for quick photos, it’s the primary go-to.
Moment Camera App
This is the only other app I have for taking photos or videos. I sometimes use the Moment lenses. This app lets me control those settings, but even if you don’t have the lenses, I find this the best all-around photo/video app other than the stock app. Lots of handy controls to give you complete control over how your images will look. Unlock pro features for a low one-time cost.
I’ve used VSCO since back in the old days when they were Lightroom desktop plugins only. This is a great app to stylize photos and even create some basic collages, animated gif-type graphics, and some double exposures. It’s a fun tool to work on those creative muscles. Pay monthly or yearly to save a few bucks.
This is the primary app I use to create Instagram stories. I use Final Cut Pro on my Mac for more advanced stories, but this is my go-to app on my iPhone. The selection of ready-made templates is fantastic, and they have video and photo versions. It’s easy enough to customize what you want. You can also edit your Instagram feed, schedule posts, and more. If you want a basic Instagram bio link, you can also do this in Unfold. You can also create brand standards to use for your posts. This app is owned by Squarespace is a great app to add to your social media arsenal. Pay monthly or yearly to save a few bucks.
Ever see a color you love or a font you want to remember on the go? This is your app. Adobe capture is a powerful addition to your design flow. You can capture vector shapes and color schemes; you can even capture audio in Adobe Rush or Premiere projects. It’s like a creative locker for your on-the-go ideas and things you see. Included in your creative suite subscription.
I use Lightroom more on my iPad, but this is a must-have app for editing photos on the go. It’s the best mobile editor on the market, and they keep improving it. It’s easier than ever to create masks to selectively edit your images. The iPhone takes excellent photos, but with a few adjustments in Lightroom, they can really stand out from the crowd. Monthly or yearly subscription.
It’s easy to break jewels on our iPhones or get caught up in the social media doom scroll. Still, iPhones are a creative powerhouse just waiting to be used to their full potential. So don’t let inspiration escape you. Take that pictures, capture that audio, and grab those color samples. Edit photos, create online stories, share a video, and let the world see your unique creativity.