Colours of Vietnam

I used to always find myself taking thousands upon thousands of pictures whilst on trips but never finding the time to take them off my cameras, let alone transferring them across to my phone. It’s not uncommon for me to go through my hard drives and find images that I didn’t know I had, just because getting them off my camera was such a pain. Then there’s the issue of what programs you should use to edit these images before you share them on the gram or your Facebook page – haha. Sound familiar?


On my trip to Vietnam in August I made the bold decision of just bringing my Sony RX100V and chose to leave my bulky equipment back home. Why? Size was an obvious factor but the Wi-Fi transferring capability was the other key feature that made the decision easy.


I want to highlight how easy it is to use the Wi-Fi function of the Sony RX100V and this will pretty much work for a majority of the Sony cameras, not just the RX100 range. All you need to do is download the free PlayMemories app and connect it to your camera. Search for the SSID and enter the password to connect. If you have an iPhone then wi-fi is your only option but if you have an Android then both Wi-Fi and NFC are available for you.


Contiki Vietnam Experience, Halong Bay


You can customise different settings, like how large you want your images to be when they’re saved to your phone. Given the quality of the images that Sony has, I recommend selecting a smaller size if it’s only going to be used for social sharing and larger if you plan on blowing them up in print. Also note that if you do choose the 2MB option, then your phone will receive a compressed JPEG image of the original JPEG – essentially a compression on compression sort of deal.


Ok so you’ve transferred these images onto your phone – what do you do with them now? Well, I thought I’d share with you all the key applications I use to edit images on my phone. I don’t think you need them all but I thought I’d share exactly how I use my applications to create the images for both my Instagram and blog. I am no Photoshop whizz and find Photoshop confusing at the best of times, so hopefully these will make your editing life a lot easier!



Best Photo Editing Apps for Phones
Apps Used: Color Story, Snapseed, Facetune


This is probably the main application I use to edit almost ALL of my photos and the great thing about it is editing in both JPEG and RAW formats – the Sony RX100V is capable of shooting in both. I mentioned in an earlier post that I like to have the camera set to shoot both formats, just in case I want to be able to manipulate images in more detail later on.


It’s an all-purpose photo editing application that can do the following:

  • Crop, rotate, straighten and perspective correction
  • Ability to adjust exposure, saturation, colour, sharpness and clarity
  • Provides brush tools to allow for selective editing (a personal favourite and something I use for almost every photo)
  • Healing capabilities to remove unwanted elements within images
  • Add basic text to images (though limited in choices)



I like to use this application to set the base colour scheme for all my photos. I don’t tend to use it for fine-tuning images like adjusting contrast, brightness etc. but rather picking a filter that adjusts the overall colour, tone and lighting to what I would like the final image to look like.


Once I’ve picked my filter I tend to export and move the image into Snapseed for fine-tuning, though you can do most things in here without switching over. You’re also able to save the exact editing steps you’ve made in case you want to re-apply it to a series of images from the same batch if you do choose to fine-tune in Color Story.


Best Photo Editing Apps for Phone
Apps Used: Snapseed, Facetune, Touch/Retouch

The main downside of this application is you have to purchase the filter packs you like, but thankfully they don’t cost an arm or a leg. You can easily go overboard with the filters but thankfully you can adjust how much of that particular filter you want applied to your image, which makes it a little more user-friendly.


The Sony RX100V has been incredibly reliable when it comes to taking vibrant shots but sometimes when the colours are too rich (I know, there’s such thing as too much colour sometimes – even for me) you may need certain filters to soften the overall feel of the image. This is where Color Story comes in – there are various packs that you can purchase for less than $3 and some will be more vibrant and others more muted.


An application with an arsenal of filters to get you started on the perfect Instagram grid (at a price):

  • 100+ filters (purchased in packs/stories)
  • Adjusting tools including clarity, contrast, brightness, saturation etc.
  • Ability to add fancy light flares, leaks and colour fogs to your images if you don’t know how to create these from your camera
  • Save steps and create your own personalised filter


Best Photo Editing Apps for PhoneFACETUNE

Now here’s a controversial app that gets a bad rep from all the girls out there, giving themselves digital plastic surgery by over airbrushing skin and shrinking themselves skinnier than what they truly are. Alas, have faith; this particular tool is very useful when used correctly.


The Sony RX100V has an incredibly useful face detection tool meaning you’ll find yourself more often than not in focus, which makes editing in these applications incredibly easy. It also means that you don’t have to go overboard with trying to overdo the details within the app that often results in pixilation. The level of detail that the camera captures can also be a little too clear sometimes when you have a fresh zit on your face that no amount of concealer will mask – enter Facetune.


For me, I have a few unfortunate scars on my body that I’m rather self-conscious about; so I work a little smoothing magic on the app to return myself to a scar-free state that I am constantly working towards. My other favourite feature to use is the details function to bring out the sharpness in certain areas of my images. Even though this was an app designed to edit portraitures, I’ve used it for shots even when I am a pinprick in comparison to the rest of the image.


Airbrushing for dummies on mobile phones:

  • Retouching capabilities for portraits and allows for localised fingertip brushing of all effects
  • Ability to whiten teeth, augment face and other elements within the photo, removing red-eyes and blurring backgrounds for a professional look
  • Saves images in original resolution
  • The details function allows you to really highlight certain elements of your image that need to stand out


TOUCH/RETOUCH Contiki Vietnam Experience, Best Photo Editing Apps

As the name suggests, the app is great for removing the unwanted photo-bomber or five in the backdrop of your photos or perhaps there is a black spot on an otherwise perfectly white canvas that you just can’t stand to look at. This app is incredibly easy to use and sometimes you may have to try a few times to remove objects but you’ll find it easy to move back and forth.


The wizard for removing undesirable additions in your photographs:

  • Brush/lasso functions that let you highlight objects you want removed and the app will automatically remove this and blend surrounding pixels
  • Remove people, dust spots, unwanted lines and much more for a cleaner shot
  • Use this to also remove obvious scars and blemishes if you don’t want to use Facetune


Best Photo Editing Apps
Apps Used: Snapseed


This app was shown to me by a fellow blogger who taught me how to use the clone tool to remove inconsistencies in your image when Touch/Retouch fails to blend the pixels around the removed object properly. It has a lot of basic and advanced tools such as allowing you to apply effects only to selected elements of the image whilst leaving the rest untouched through the Mask tool.


A versatile photo editor for iPhones with both basic tools to edit images as well as other artistic tools:

  • Adjust exposure, color, details as well as crop, rotate and straighten images
  • Cloning capabilities as well as intelligent photo correction
  • Utilise drawing tools, texts, borders and frames
  • Masking tool allows for seamless blending of effects used


Best Photo Editing Apps for your Phone


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Make sure you check out my other posts including Colours of Hong Kong, Colours of Marrakech and Colours of Italy.


This post has been created in collaboration with Sony however I am a human being and all opinions expressed are my own.


Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • I really enjoy using Color Story

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • thanks for this info!

  • Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    Loved this Post, Your Photos are always Amazing and so Vivid and Natural:)
    I will check out this Sony Model, because very interesting:)
    To edit photos I use some Great app too:)
    Makes the photos sometimes much more Vivid:)
    Wish you Happy Weekend
    Kisses Karina

  • Jen Lee

    I need to show this to my husband. He does all my photography and he’s been looking for a smaller camera. I really loved all your tips on editing! I struggle with that, but I’m going to try the apps you suggested to find one I like. Thanks for sharing!

  • This post is amazing! Very informative. I’m familiar with FaceTune but all the rest are new for me so I took a screenshot of all of them to download them on my phone ASAP. Your images are always perfect with a great quality.
    Thanks for sharing this great information.
    Have a nice day,


  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    Haha, totally sounds familiar. Having wifi functions on a camera is like the number first must-have now, so we can download the pictures straight onto our phones during the trip!!! I always feel lazy to post when the photos in my camera piles up to thousands!!! I guess it’s important to download them as we go during the trips! Love those pics taken by Sony RX100V. Vivid colours and high qualities!!!

    xx, Jessie

  • Lisa

    Use and LOVE all of them, like how you showed the comparisons!

  • Alexandra Continsoux

    Amazing, I always use Snapseed for my edits !!

  • This is such an amazing guide! You did an incredible job at shooting and editing these pictures. I love that you have before and after pics as well! I definitely need to try this camera out, because the wifi capability would make life so much easier.

    ~xo Sheree

  • Cristine

    I have a Sony a6000 which I’ve taken around the world. Great camera with WiFi. I use light room on my phone for quick edits. Works well

  • I love Color Story and Snapseed, but I hadn’t heard of the others until now! I’ll definitely have to check them out – especially for removing things in the backgrounds of photos! I had never considered that before.

    Indya || The Small Adventurer

    • Omg it’ll change your life when you have random things/people photo-bombing in an otherwise perfect image!!

  • Ophelia Tang

    These pictures of Vietnam are so beautiful. The camera sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Danielle Leigh Elen

    Gorgeous photos! i will definitely be trying some of these apps. At the moment, I’m in love with apps that turn your images into classic artwork. I’m obsessed.

  • Dee Jaye

    Sounds like a great camera. I have a Nikon d3400 and I use airbrush and toolwiz and the results are great

  • Courtney Zummo

    You’re pictures are gorgeous! I haven’t heard of a lot of these apps… sounds like my photo editing skills might improve now!

  • jacqueline

    Wow there’s so many settings! My boss was just talking about this camera. I had never heard of it until then. Love all the photos you were able to take as well. I currently have a mirrorless camera (also by Sony) and i can’t live without it.

  • OMG I needed this post so bad! I have a hard time editing on my phone so I always do it on my desktop. You make it sound so easy. I need to download touch/retouch ASAP and I have A Color Story but I don’t know which packs I need. What do you recommend?

    • Hmm I think the packs I use the most are Weekend, On The Road, Picnic and Airy/Fresh! The way they change your images will depend on the lighting conditions you shot your image in so I liked having heaps of options to play with 😉 xx

  • Sarah Camille Hipp

    I love editing photos but have not heard of these apps! I’ll have to check them out now. They seem so helpful. 🙂

  • I just started playing more with Snapseed and it’s becoming my favorite editing app. I used to be all about VSCO!

    • I actually never got into VSCO for some reason and found Snapseed so much easier to use!! You’re gonna love it!


    Amazing guide, I’m using Facetune , Snapseed for enlight some corners anb use the bush but I never heard how Can i remove objects . This would be very useful for me 😉

  • Julia Marrocco

    Beautiful images!!!

  • I absolutely loved this post – for one reason being that I’ve been searching and searching for legit good apps that would help with photo editing. I’ve tried Facetune in the past and for some reason it just wasn’t my jam, but the other ones you mentioned are brand new to me and I’m going to be checking them out soon! Also, jealous you went to Vietnam! Looks beautiful!

  • Aw, your pictures are so lovely and colorful! Looks like your trip was a success! I also love knowing about new photo editing apps. I often just leave my photos in my camera for ages and don’t bother doing anything with them after a trip (even though I should!).

  • Stephanie Eiler

    Wow this is such an informative post! I have always wanted to use Color Story but have never tried! I will definitely be pinning this and referring back!

  • Candace

    I definitely found this post useful! I have heard so much about FaceTune, but was unsure of how it could add a bit of ease to my editing life. It’s so good to know that the end results look just like Lightoom! The problem I find is always having to wait until I’m in front of a computer to edit. I may need to download these for convenience now!

  • This is awesome!! I definitely want this camera plus I loved all the advice you gave for picture edition! thanks!
    xoxo, Pilar

  • Christie Elizabeth

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! I have downloaded ColorStory and Snapseed.. in love! So convenient to be able to edit your photos on the go!

  • Dina ADina
  • Amazing photos…I always love Nikon camera.

  • Kim Love

    The colors are amazing! The photos really captured the area, thank you, they are beautiful.

    Kimberly Love
    Author of Upcoming book, You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine,,,,

  • Tandya

    I loved reading this post! I currently use a canon and I have the same wifi feature. My old camera was such a pain to get pictures off of! I like that the Sony is compact, I currently lug around a big camera. Thank you for sharing your photo editing apps! My main ones are snapseed and VSCO! I’ll have to try the others you listed.

    Thank you!

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