VSCO – The Pinnacle of Mobile Photography Apps


Let’s face it – mobile cameras are an integral part of our lives and they are only getting exponentially better every day. This naturally leads to the implication that photographers (as the curious and creative beings they are) will want to – if they have not already – begin expanding their talents within the mobile camera market.

Mobile phone cameras are no longer simply point-and-shoot devices. In fact, many of these new phone cameras completely blow other standalone point-and-shoot cameras out of the water. As an comparative example, my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 contains a 16 Megapixel camera and takes 4k video. The Nikon Coolpix S7000 point-and-shoot camera is also 16 Megapixels, but only shoots 1080i video. It seems to me, that modern day point-and-shoot cameras are todays version of the disposable film camera of the 90’s. By the time you are done shooting 1000 photos, you are about ready for an upgrade.

More impressive than that are the built-in capabilities to meter light, auto-focus, adjust depth of field, low light sensitivity, and what seems to be an infinite amount of other professionally comparative features as well. It would only be natural that any real photographer would want to take that great photo to the next level like they do with all of the other great photos they take.

Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Edited with VSCO Cam App
Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Edited with VSCO Cam App

In my never-ending quest to find the most complete and impressive app that can help facilitate the style of photos I strive to produce with both film and digital in the most comprehensive ways possible, I have narrowed down a myriad of photo apps over the years to one that stands out above them all: VSCO Cam for Android and iPhone.

Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Edited with VSCO Cam App
Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Edited with VSCO Cam App

VSCO, which is short for Visual Supply Co. has built its reputation over time with its highly successful film presets that help digital photographers modify and mimic their digital output with gorgeous effects that only that of film has been able to traditionally create out of the reel and in the dark room.

VSCO Cam is their fantastic attempt to bring those amazing filters coupled with simplicity and convenience to the mobile realm and I must say they execute this project flawlessly. It shines beyond any other photo app I have used to date. To add a cherry to perfection, VSCO offers something called The VSCO grid which is an accompanying portfolio that will roll out slowly to those users who request a grid of their own with their account. You have the ability to edit any photos you want with the app, but can share only those you want to on the grid and in the community.

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Photo taken with iPhone 5s – Edited with VSCO Cam App

Who is VSCO for? This app is for anyone who is serious about photography, has an outstanding camera on their smart device, and wishes to get extremely creative with a vintage take on their work. You have the option to use and customize the pre-set filters that are built in with the app, create your own with the editing capabilities, or you can buy more advanced filters in the app.

Final thoughts: My only criticism is that the user experience for beginners may be slightly daunting, but after a while of playing around and experimenting, I am confident you will feel at home with the app and love using it more and more every day.

Have you used VSCO or VSCO Cam app before? What are your thoughts? Comment below or tweet me @nickmke


Download VSCO Cam for Android and iPhone.

Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Edited with VSCO Cam App. Copyright ©  Nicholas B. Putz
Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Edited with VSCO Cam App. Copyright © Nicholas B. Putz