Our Must-Have​ Photo Editing Apps For Social Media

Anyone who is in charge of managing social media for clients is already well versed in the importance of posting high-quality photos. Therefore, there is nothing worse than capturing the perfect image for a client only to have it ruined by one of the following:

•   The photo is too dark/bright

•   Someone or something is in the background and causing distraction

•   The photo doesn’t do the colors in the image justice

•    The subject in the photo needs to be free of all imperfections.

Editing can be extremely intimidating, but we don’t want you to give up on that photo quite yet. We’ve compiled a list of must-have photo editing apps that every social media manager needs, from beginner to seasoned-social guru. 1.

FACETUNE

Ideal uses – Portraits, candids, removing small imperfections such as cocktail glares or spots on tablecloths.

1. Facetune and Facetune 2 – Facetune is an extremely popular app and for good reason. In Facetune you’re able to remove blemishes, whiten teeth, smooth skin, and so much more. This powerful app can turn anyone from drab, to fab with a few clicks and good practice. The original Facetune app provides all the necessary editing tools for a one-time payment of $3.99. Facetune 2, however, has access to more advanced features and includes many more tools to perfect your images. This version costs $35.99 annually or a one-time payment of $69.99. Note: only Facetune 2 is available for Android users.

Facetune – iPhone

Facetune 2 – iPhone

Facetune 2 – Android

RETOUCH

Ideal uses – Larger objects that require removal, signage, reflections.

2. Retouch – Have you ever captured the perfect image, just to spot a sneaky photo-bomber in the back? Moments like this often cause you to get rid of the picture altogether. Now, with the help of retouch, you can remove distracting background images with ease. Retouch uses the surrounding background to blend everything together seamlessly. Simply use the brush or lasso tool to remove people and objects as if they were never even there. Retouch is a one-time payment of $1.99.

Retouch – iPhone

Retouch – Android

ADOBE LIGHTROOM

Ideal uses – All-in-one photo editing. Great for all types of photos and to pair with the above mentioned apps.

3. Adobe Lightroom – Lightroom may be the single most important photo editing app you have in your arsenal. With this app you’re able to manipulate lighting, individual colors, and nuanced details included shading, temperature and specific coloring. Once you learn how to utilize Lightroom for everything it can do, you’ll be able to salvage almost ANY photo. You can access the majority of this app for free 99 and achieve some pretty amazing edits. If you want to unlock 3 additional (and completely game changing) tools like selective lighting and selective detail, the app will cost you $9.99 a month. This payment gives you access to edit photos on your phone and stores them to a cloud that can pair with Lightroom’s desktop application! Once you see the images you can bring to life, you’ll realize this app pays for itself.

Lightroom – iPhone

Lightroom – Android

VSCO

Ideal uses – Creating a cohesive brand aesthetic

4. VSCO – Creating a theme for a client’s social media page can be both a difficult and daunting task. With VSCO, most of the work is done for you. As more and more brands flood to social media to market themselves, a huge importance has been placed on creating an aesthetically pleasing (and defining) social media feed. Choose a consistent and recognizable scheme for your client by scrolling through dozens of filters. Once you’re finished editing a photo, throw your filter of choice. Doing so will ensure all your photos fit together visually and create the theme your client has always dreamed of. Access to these filters and other fun photo editing tools is $19.99 a year.

VSCO – iPhone

VSCO – Android

Meet Team Neon Series: Astou

Please give a warm welcome to the latest member of our dream team, Astou! 🤗 Astou is Team Neon’s intern, and we are so happy to have her. As our intern, we are teaching her the ins and outs of all of our clients, how to write the perfect press release, how to manage various social media accounts, and how to be an all-around amazing publicist. 

⚡️SUPERPOWERS:
Networking Pro 👩🏾‍💼
Can read (almost) anyone 👀
Able to bust out an A+ paper in 2.5 hours flat 📝

🎉FUN FACTS:
Proud Senegambian 🇸🇳 🇬🇲 
The Ultimate Wing Woman
Skincare Enthusiast 🧖🏾‍♀️ 

Meet Team Neon Series: Megan

Now for the woman who needs no introduction, Megan! 🤩 As the founder and CEO of Neon Public Relations, there’s not much that she DOESN’T do. Her day to day includes running to countless client meetings (in heels of course), maintaining relationships with media, being the best boss to her team, and most importantly, being a loving mommy to her fur baby Xena. 

⚡️SUPERPOWERS: 

  • Aggregating the most talented publicists for the coolest boutique PR firm around, Neon PR. 💁🏼‍♀️
  • Looking put together on the reg with the help of my magic wands: a curling one and a mascara one. 
  • Tricking clients into thinking I’m at least 5’5’’ since they never see me out of high heels. 👠 

🎉 FUN FACTS: 

  • Can do a backflip on command, anytime, anywhere. 
  • Have been a certified SCUBA diver since the age of 12. 🐠
  • Own a 122 lb English Mastiff named Zeen Ween (actually just Xena). 🐶

Meet Team Neon Series: Chelsea

Shining some light on our ray of sunshine and Account Manager, Chelsea! ✨ She has been an integral part of Team Neon for almost 3 years, and we cannot imagine how things would be without her quick wit, killer photog skills, and her ability to manage client accounts while simultaneously overseeing the work of our new team members.

⚡️SUPERPOWERS: 

  • Investigator Extraordinaire. 🔍
  • Can turn wine into more wine. 🍷
  • Wordsmith Wonder. 🔮

🎉 FUN FACTS: 

  • Hiked into Havasupai Falls in 3 hours. 💁🏼
  • Is a self-proclaimed redhead. ❤️
  • Dressed as Batman for 5 consecutive Halloweens. 🦇

Meet Team Neon Series: Summer

Introducing our new Account Coordinator, Summer! ☀️ This Neon babe loves contributing to our clients social aesthetic and keeping up with current trends. Not to mention, she’s extremely stylish while doing it! 💁🏼‍♀️

⚡️SUPERPOWERS:

  • Photo editing connoisseur. 📸
  • Social media guru. 📲
  • Expert in running in heels. 👠

🎉FUN FACTS:

  • Immersed in watching Big Brother every summer, 3x a week, no exceptions
  • Las Vegas native but University of Nevada, Reno Alumna and die hard supporter. 🐺
  • Yogi in the making. 🧘🏼‍♀️

NOW HIRING: Neon PR Publicist Position

Neon PR is currently seeking an Account Coordinator for its Las Vegas office. The ideal Publicist candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, PR or Integrated Communications and have at least one year, post-college, full-time relevant PR experience or PR internship experience, with an agency background preferred. Neon is looking for qualified PR pros that are creative and enthusiastic with passion for adventure, hospitality, nightlife, culinary and lifestyle brands, plus proven results with top-tier local, regional and national outlets.Neon PR roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Able to format, develop, write and successfully pitch press materials including bios, backgrounders, fact sheets, media advisories and press releases.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and ability to understand editorial calendars, identify relevant opportunities for clients and schedule pitches accordingly.
  • Understand reporting techniques including circulation, ad equivalency, and PR value and track client coverage including online, editorial, digital and broadcast placements.
  • Monitor, track, clip and properly draft publicity alerts for clients.
  • Stay up to date on trends in our industries through following websites, blogs, daily/weekly newsletters.
  • Research, vet and secure partnerships with like-minded brands for client partnerships.
  • Create, foster and leverage media relationships to produce stellar placements for our clients.
  • Facilitate media missions and appointments in local, regional and national markets.
  • Organize, invite and execute press trips locally and onsite at client locations.
  • Assisting in the overall running of client social media accounts.

All relevant applicants must be able to start within 2 weeks; please send resumes for consideration to info@neonpublicrelations.com.

Drink Me: Creative Juice.

In the world of business, PR can be like that whimsical aunt who wears her trendy sunglasses inside, enthralls you with her stories of wonderous lands, and always knows the perfect word to encapsulate the mood. Though we appear to always have the witty captions, the gift of gab, and a fresh perspective on those overly Instagrammed locations, being creative 24/7 can be exhausting. We promise our clients eye-catching photography, captivating releases, and intriguing marketing ideas. In reality, our mornings start with us sitting at a computer screen with our cursor blinking as we blink back, which can start out pretty stress-inducing. We can’t go totally Lewis Carroll as we have hard deadlines and a standard of professionalism to uphold, so luckily, we have our own ways of breaking through those creative blocks that don’t include a 6th cup of coffee, a psychedelic trip, or a major life crisis.

  • Just do it. Yeah, Nike coined the slogan, but we’re pretty sure it was first muttered by some poor soul with writer’s block back in the 17th century. If you’re drawing a blank (figuratively and literally) just write or just draw or just start taking photos. Just do it. What you’re creating doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with the task at hand. Start by just writing down what you did yesterday or take photos of household products. As Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”. The biggest hump to get over can be simply starting. A great tool is a writing prompt book. Yes, the prompts can be cheesy, but they get you thinking about topics your own brain isn’t coming up with and it can give you a whirlwind of new ideas. 
  • Jot down everything. You never know when you’ll be inspired, and you never know what that inspiration can evolve into down the line. Most of us are old fashioned and still love pen and paper, but the Notes app in your phone will do just fine. Our notes consist of quotes from books, websites we want to remember, photoshoot ideas, hiking trails, the name of my favorite nail technician in Vegas, and the coffee preferences of my co-workers. Even if an idea might sound silly, write it down and revise the details when you have time to give it attention.
  • Challenge yourself. Comfort breeds contentment and contentment breeds complacency. Even if you don’t consciously realize you aren’t doing your best, if you get too used to certain formulas and styles, your work will become redundant. Pick up books with writing styles that are difficult to follow, look at artwork that makes you a bit uncomfortable, go somewhere completely new, have a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. Force yourself to grow, even in little ways, and your work will grow with you. 
  • Check out local venues whenever you’re feeling uninspired. Support local musicians even if it’s just going to an open mic, check out museums and galleries, go to a book store. We won’t get too new-age on you, don’t worry  we left the crystals at home; if you want to get creative, you need to surround yourself with creative energy. This doesn’t mean you have to start getting tattoos and living communal (though, go for it if that’s your jam). If you’re stunted for an extended amount of time, you need to actively seek out things that inspire you.
  • Break. The Spanish are onto something with their siestas. As a culture, we highly value productivity and often think if you aren’t hustling, you aren’t successful. But unless you are working on an assembly line, you should really focus on quality over quantity. This isn’t excusing being lazy or overly distracted. Every once in a while, you need to change your scenery, talk to someone new, take a 15-min break and read. Do something to totally distract yourself so you can feel refreshed when you get back to your work space.
  • Look online. It may come with the territory of being female with a wi-fi connection, but sites like Pinterest really do have great ideas. Trust us, some of us used to make fun of it too, and no, some won’t ever use theirs for wedding planning whilst still single or pin how-to’s for making your own almond milk. If you can’t get yourself to pin, look at sites like:

-unsplash.com for beautiful photography

-hellopoetry.com if you want to give snaps

-neatorama.com for completely random stories about pretty much anything

-logopond.com for all your graphic design needs

-Etsy.com so you can impulse buy your inspiration

-tumblr.com for relive through your teenage angst.

  • Wander. We underestimate just walking with no particular location in mind. We tend to think of this as something to do in a new city when we are vacationing. We do it when we first move someplace, and then for some reason, we stop. You never know what you’ll find, who you’ll run into, or what weird conversation you’ll eavesdrop into when your taking your city by foot. Find a new store or café, you never know where you’ll feel productive. After all, J.K Rowling started the Harry Potter series when she stumbled across a café while walking around Edinburgh and look what good that’s done for her. Apparently, the right walk can change your life. 

PR: Get with the Times, but be Timeless.

As a profession, Public Relations has been around for nearly 100 years. Though its origins are debatable, Edward Bernays or Ivy Lee? (We may never come to an agreement.) However, there is one factor of the profession that is undeniable… it’s always evolving. Advancement intrinsically prompts skepticism and concern, especially when the pressure to progress is pushed by technology. Sometimes innovation hits us like a tornado. While some of us get swept away in the funnel of apps and websites, others are left behind in debris of confusion and sudden disconnect. As one of the top PR firms in Nevada, it’s imperative we have one foot spinning in the virtual world with the other foot planted firmly on the ground. As an early adopter of the realms of ‘new school’ PR, Neon PR is consciously bringing the timeless aspects of the old school with us.

  • Face-to-Face interactions. No matter how convenient technology is making it to communicate, nothing is more impactful than talking face-to-face. It might be time efficient to send an e-mail or use Google Docs, but showing a client they are worth your time will guarantee long-term loyalty. Close the laptop, grab a coffee, and give your clients the undivided attention that they deserve.
  • Personalization. This one is for all the blast-email addicts. Are blasts necessary at times? Yes. Are they often skimmed or just overlooked? Also, yes. Remember on the other end of whatever device you are using, there is a human, and as humans, we like our individual identities. Use names (correct spellings and all) as frequently as possible. Only send e-mails that are truly in the interest of whoever you are sending it to. You wouldn’t send a pitch about a client’s new ice cream flavors to a fitness magazine, would you? 
  • Timeliness. Now we can send and receive information faster than ever. Sometimes because of that, we procrastinate and don’t prepare properly. We rely on easy fixes. We’ve all forgotten to get back to someone and then had to do the hasty e-mail on the run. No matter how human this is, it still can look unprofessional and careless. Make sure to set aside the right amount of time to complete each project and respond in a timely manner. 
  • Build a relationship organically. Personally, I’ve always had an issue with the term “networking” because it makes forming personal connections feel ingenuine. As if there has to be some sort of prize at the end, otherwise the interaction is deemed useless. Really get to know who you are working with and work with people who interest you personally. This dips into ethics, but as a firm we make sure we are the best fit for our clients. If we don’t think we can do the job they a looking for, we aren’t afraid to point people in the right direction. Building a trusting and honest relationship will yield more effective results than just temporary monetary gain.

Hi, my name is Millennial, and I’m addicted to my phone.

We’ve all seen this scenario play out; you sit down to a nice dinner out surrounded by friends and when your food comes, it turns into a Vogue photoshoot starring your plate of hot lasagna. I get it. Food posts are trendy and who doesn’t want to show off their fabulous ordering skills? The problem comes in when that camera transforms back into phone and the notifications start pouring in. Pretty soon we’re all sitting at a table, transfixed on a screen rather than making conversation with those friends we were just so excited to meet up with. The first step to changing these bad phone habits, just like in any recovery process, is admitting you have a problem. Hi, my name is millennial, and I’m addicted to my phone. 

Here’s our five-step program to getting away from your screen:

  1. Don’t start your mornings on your phone. It’s so easy to turn off your alarm clock and turn right onto Instagram and e-mails. However, this can create a lot of instant anxiety. Being bombarded with work, people trying to sell you things, and all the gossip from the previous day does not make for a productive mindset. Try spending the first 45 minutes of the day off of your phone. Drink your coffee or celery juice, write down a to-do list for the day, get mentally and physically ready, and then tackle the outside world on your terms. 
  2. Schedule out posting times. For those of us who use social media for work, it can seem like we always need to be on it. Thanks to apps like Planoly, Hootsuit, and Unum, you can designate certain times of the day to planning out your socials. Some of the apps will even post on your behalf at set times. Once those are set up, you have no excuse to be constantly scrolling. 
  3. Use Instagram for influence, but not comparison. At any given time, you’re going to have one friend in Bali, one friend becoming the next Martha Stewart, and one friend performing open-heart surgery with one hand. Meanwhile, you’re one your 7thepisode of a docuseries about Parmesan cheese and Netflix is asking you if you’re still there…and you are. We all have our non-newsworthy days and that’s perfectly fine! Remember, Instagram is a highlighted version of someone’s life and is in no way reality. Use the influencers you follow for exactly that, influence. Let them motivate you to possibly get off the couch or to work towards a goal but don’t dwell on comparing every post to your own life. 
  4. Set Breaks.Whenever you are involved in an activity that takes your full attention, give it your full attention. How many times a week do you actually turn your phone fully off? Try it. When completing a task, turn your phone all the way off. For example, cleaning your house. No touching your phone until your done. You’ll notice not only is your screen time decreasing, but you’re probably performing whatever task is at hand a lot more efficiently.
  5. Charge across the room.Not only does phone light disrupt your natural circadian rhythms (those things that help you sleep on time), but the blue light actually causes skin damage. So not only will you look haggard the next morning from letting your phone keep you awake, but your skin will also age more quickly. All around, we’re not a fan of blue light. At least 30 minutes before bed, charge your phone across the room. This way, you don’t have the temptation to look at it if you can’t fall asleep right away and physically having to get up will help you stop hitting the snooze button in the morning. 

Neon PR Girls’ Guide to Stalk-Worthy Inspiration

In the midst of the hype around the Oscar Nominees being announced earlier this week, we were motivated to compile our own list of favorites. Here’s some of the most inspirational people, most helpful apps, and motivating books and podcasts that we nominate to (our) office.

Bingeworthy Blogs:

  • DressUpButtercup (nominated by Megan) MAJOR outfit inspo. Don’t know what to wear? Give this babe’s feed a scroll and you’ll be able to pull something to immolate from your own closet if you’re feeling uninspired. And, as a fellow Houstonian who also cares about looking polished and put-together, this is a must-read. 
  • The Skimm or The Hustle (nominated by Chelsea) Both are great for news geared towards millennials.
  • The Skinny Confidential (nominated by Brie) Lauryn Evarts is just a branding genius.
  • Cision (nominated by Sierra) It’s actually a website but their articles help keep up-to-date with current media trends. 

Optimizing Apps:

  • Planoly (nominated by Megan) makes my social media post scheduling so much easier. Seeing the grid makes ALL the difference.
  • Twitter (nominated by Chelsea) Everything hits Twitter first.
  • VSCO (nominated by Brie) Still learning, but so far sticking with one filter really helps the congruency of your grid.
  • Snapseed (nominated by Sierra) One of the best apps for editing pictures. 

 Pitch-worthy Podcasts:

  • Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Conversations(nominated by Megan) Feeling in a slump? These feel good convos with self-help and spiritual authors provides 40 min commute inspirational interviews and gives me book ideas to download on Audible for later listening
  • Girlboss radio (nominated by Chelsea) All about Women Business owners/positions of influence
  • This American Life (nominated by Brie) the narratives can help you look at news from a completely different angle.

“Bringing out your Best Self” Books:

  • The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson (nominated by Megan) Because sometimes letting go of the small stuff is the answer for a less stressful life!
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (nominated by Brie)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie(nominated by Sierra) 

Most Motivational Moguls:

  • Megan Telles (nominated by Megan)

Megan used to be an anchor here in Las Vegas and is now an anchor at KTLA. Her BTS insta-stories give people a reason to follow her and her feel-good attitude and charisma, even when she’s reporting on something not-so-fun to report. Give her a follow! @megantelles

  • Alison Brod(nominated by Brie)

Alison runs her own PR firm out of New York. Her perspective on work, life, and technology is really unique and interesting. One of the most inspiring things she said was that people underestimate the importance of having a natural sense of curiosity. As someone who loves to travel and read, that hit home with me.

  • Alyssa Girardi (nominated by Sierra)

Alyssa is the Senior Manager of Communications and Content for   the Vegas Golden Knights. She has to balance the job of working with the players, managing local media, all while maintaining a majority of the Knights social media accounts. Alyssa has taught me a lot about working with composure and taking your job and goals seriously. It’s not easy to be a female in the sports industry, and she has set a standard for other women with similar ambitions to follow.