With smartphone companies increasing their focus on adding the top camera and photography technology into their phones. It is no wonder that photography apps are now everywhere and not only that but they are pretty fantastic. Practically anything that you want to do on your phone now is possible. Best of all there are apps for beginner photographers and professional photographers and everything in between.
Do you want to edit your selfie with a swipe of your finger? There is an app for that. What to upload your large images to a stock library but just spotted an issue? There a pro level app for that. Need to send your image to a printing company but need to write your companies tagline? Yep.. you guessed it there is an app for that.
Today we are going to take a good look at some of the top photography apps out there and see just what they are capable of.
Apps are great for all kinds of photography captured on your device. Photo Source: Unsplash
The Snapseed app is developed by Google to be one of the best and most complete photo editing apps. It has filters, image tuning, cropping, rotation, brushes, blur, healing brushes and correctors. Uniquely it also has face enhancement technology to make your selfies and portraits look amazing.
The array of features give you the ability to tweak your snap with precision. This app is best for people who are phone photography enthusiasts. Great for all kinds of photography captured on your device but with the very special face enhancement features it could be great for pictures of people. The great thing about this app it that it is made by Google, it has a ton of editing tools which are high quality, and it is free.
This is a free photo editing and collage making app made by Adobe. Adobe has lots of experience with developing advanced photo editing software. Their PC software Photoshop is one of the most popular software’s used in professional circles by developers and designers alike. Now they have put some of that magic into the app. While the Photoshop express app is free and full of features, you can still add more features by purchasing them.
The Adobe Photoshop app has some of the best photo editing with lots of auto features, so if you are not used to high-quality editing software, you can get your bearing with it right out of the box.
It has never been easier to edit your snaps and showcase your images in their best possible light.
Instagram is one of the most popular social sharing networks. Photo Source: Unsplash
While Instagram is a primarily a social network for sharing photography, videos and imagery in general. It also has limited built-in photo editing tools which were the inspiration for many of the newer apps on the market. Instagram filters are very popular and create inventive, artistic looking images. Once you have uploaded your images, you can add your chosen filters and share with the world.
Instagram is one of the most popular social sharing networks in the world and while it has some editing capacity. It is definitely better used for sharing images and following other photographers whose images you like. Instagram also can geotag images so that when you want to explore image taken in place close by you can see them.
This is another excellent app created by the editing geniuses’ at Adobe. Lightroom allows you to organise and edit your photography. While similar to Photoshop in some ways this image editing tool has skills of its very own, and it is clear from the start that it won’t be overshadowed by its famous big brother Photoshop. You can use this app not just to edit but also to capture images, it adds a punch to your camera mimicking DSLR features and allowing you to get the most out of your camera.
Lightrooms main focus is to manage images allowing them to be organised easily in a way that not many other apps can do as well. It is a free app with premium features if you want more control you can upgrade. But for the majority of people, the free version of the app will be suitable to take care of most requirements.
This fantastic app also has photographic production features that lets you boost your camera ability to take great photos with its capture mode. With its pro preset presets you can be a beginner in photography, and you will be able to recreate pro level photos. This app is backed by power and forethought for what people need. Uniquely this also has a tutorial section where you can learn new tips and tricks.
VSCO Cam app allows you to create, connect, discover and join a community of like-minded people. This app wants to take you on a journey to raise your game and bring your skills to the next level.
The best apps have customizable features and fantastic effects. Photo Source: Unsplash
Pixlr is an editing app which is fully featured in photography editing software. This app packs a punch with over 2 million combinations of different photo effects that you can use to beautify your images.
The browser version of this software and in-app purchases are 100% free. Pixlr is perfect for you if you are a novice, enthusiast or professional photographer. IT has a photoshop feel to its design, so if you have used that software, you will be able to recognise the design. But even if you are new to photographic adjustment and editing. You will feel right at home with this app.
Pixlr has made it easy for you to hit the ground running and it doesn’t have a steep learning curve as some software has.
Flickr is an amazing yahoo company and app, fundamentally an image and video hosting service with a twist. It is one of the best image management companies online and is home to billions of photos from photographers worldwide.
This is an up and coming app that is very popular with Instagram users. Its main success comes down to its dedication to simplicity, its customizable features and fantastic effects. Downloading this App to your smartphone, you are going to get all of the tricks at the touch of a button to take your images from drab to fab.
This is the only app on the list that has an upfront cost, and it’s a bit higher than the usual $0.99, it’s at the mid-range price of $2.99. But if you don’t mind the price and think you will be able to get your money’s worth with all of those selfies that you will be taking. Then this app is an excellent choice. It has some similar features to Snapchat but with more focus on precision editing and less emphasis on stickers.
There are apps for beginner photographers and professional photographers. Photo Source: Unsplash
There really is no such thing as the best photography app it’s all about what is best for you. So go and download as many of these as you can fit on your smartphone and start the search for your perfect app.