• Tyrah Dae

The Best Vintage Photo Editing Apps

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

- image found on @arianagrande's Instagram -

It seems like some people have a Polaroid or disposable camera on them at all times, capturing their best moments and flooding their Instagram feeds with photos of a cool, vintage feel. While that may be the reality in some cases, like celebrities and influencers who have photographers with them 24/7, many simply use good photo editing apps to get similar effects. I am a sucker for editing photos, especially finding the best apps to do so. Because of this, I have curated a list of the best apps to use in order to get that trendy, retro look on your pictures and videos. (You're welcome.)


NOMO is my #1 photo editing app when I want my photos to look like they came straight from a Polaroid or old film camera. They have a yearly subscription of $19.99 that gives you access to all of their cameras, but they do have a couple of good ones for free as well. Below are some examples of the outcomes from their various cameras:

2. David's Disposable

If you're an avid David Dobrik fan, then you probably already know about this app. David has an Instagram account, @davidsdisposable, where he posts photos of him and his friends from what he captured on his disposable camera. He now has an app that creates the same effect! The app is free, all you have to do is take a photo, wait till 9 am the next morning for the photo to be "developed," and then you can save it to your camera roll! You can also purchase prints of your disposables straight from the app, instead of having to take them somewhere to have them printed.

3. 8mm

If you love recording special memories in the form of videos, this app is for you. With a variety of different looks, you can create a nostalgic feeling video with the app's beautiful filters and effects. Below is a little video I created through 8mm:

4. Lightroom

This free version of Adobe's Lightroom program can make filters that look vintage and retro (if you know how to create them). I love the way Ariana Grande's Instagram photos look, so I searched and searched until I found a video tutorial that showed me how to recreate it the best I can. Here is the link to that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPYy_3--lq8 Below is a comparison between one of Ariana's photos and one of mine using the preset I created from the YouTube tutorial:

*I also layered the NOMO Rainbow Polaroid camera effect to add the blur and dust marks*

5. Tezza

@tezza on Instagram has one of the best Instagram feeds I've ever seen. Not only does she have a great blog too, but she has created a fantastic photo editing app. I love her grain and dust effects that make photos look more elevated with an "old school" feel. I only pay for the monthly subscription of $1.99, but you can get a handful of good filters and effects for free. She also has a subscription offer to edit videos as well, for an additional $1.99 per month. Below are some examples of photos I edited on the Tezza app:

Which of these apps do you think you'll download and integrate into your Instagram feeds? What are your favorite editing apps? Let me know in the comments of this post!

x, Tyrah

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