Instagram is one of the most used apps today. It can be a fantastic marketing tool, but if you’re not a professional photographer, standing out can be difficult. So in order to help your posts reach their desired audience we have selected 6 of the most effective apps to help lift your Instagram game.

Grab these (mostly free) apps and get your hands on the hottest Instagram effects in 2017.

1. Slow Shutter Cam

Slow Shutter Cam
Slow Shutter Cam can produce this cool trailing light effect by increasing your camera’s exposure time.

Price $1.49 (Australian App Store)

You know when you see photos seemingly of shapes made of light glowing in midair? Wedding photographers like to use this effect actually, and now you can too. The Light Trail mode allows you to paint with light, so grab a couple of torches and use the Slow Shutter Cam app to take long-exposure images with your mobile device.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/slow-shutter-cam/id357404131?mt=8

2. Tiny Planet

Tiny Planet
Create Tiny Planets using your phone! Image credit: Abduzeedo

Tiny Planet has a fisheye-type effect that turns any digital image into what looks like – literally – a tiny planet. The app with bend the original image, seemingly creating a planet. It is certainly something that will make your prospective customers stop scrolling and click around.

3. A Color Story

A Color Story Image ComparisonThis app has a plethora of effects, filters, and in-app tools to help you create fresh, colorful photos. Instead of filtering your photos so they all look the same, A Color Story’s filters aim to enhance the color you’ve chosen in your composition. Happily also it also allows you to save edits as you work on them.

4. Boomerang (official app by Instagram)

There are so many apps that you can use to create short animations and videos that loop, but Boomerang will help you create short looping videos with ease, allowing you to make short clips that constantly look back and forth.

5. Hyperlapse (official app by Instagram)

Hyperlapse allows users to speed up and video from 1x to 12x the normal speed. Its fantastic use of software image-stabilization is also a standout feature, making this app a ‘must-have’ for any business looking to shoot time-lapse.

6. Quick: Add Text to Instagram Photos

Add text to your Instagram photos by using Quick’s text overlay feature, which comes with a variety of fonts to complement your brand. You won’t find Times New Roman on this app; it’s all fonts that will inspire and coordinate with your brand identity.

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