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The Best Photo Apps Free (And A Premium App)

By Yann, published on 20/07/2018 Blog > Arts and Hobbies > Photography > What Are The Best Photography Apps?

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.

Start the search for your perfect app Apps are great for all kinds of photography captured on your device. Photo Source: Unsplash

  1. Snapseed

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.

  • Strong features: This app has excellent photo editing software, but with the very unique face enhancement features it is great for selfie junkies or portraits. This app could also tempt the professional photographer with its pro-level editing tools such as RAW files, white balance and curve editing.
  • Devices Available on: Android and iPhone (ios)
  • Available from: Google Play store and the App store
  1. Adobe Photoshop Express

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.

  • Strong features: This app is backed by photography editing experts, and so all features are considered although some do come at a premium. This app is fully featured so it can be your go-to app for editing and professional and novice photographers alike can use this app. As it has a feature to suit all levels of experience. You can edit Raw, Jpeg and other file types
  • Devices Available on: Android and iPhone (ios)
  • Available from: Google Play store and the App store

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Instagram is great for sharing images and following other photographers Instagram is one of the most popular social sharing networks. Photo Source: Unsplash

  1. Instagram

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.

  • Strong features: This app is one of the most popular for sharing photographic images. Its main strength is that it is a social network, where people come together to share imagery based on different themes. Tied together with geotags and hashtags.
  • Devices Available on Android, iPhone (ios) and PC
  • Available from Google Play store, App Store and for Windows 10
  1. Adobe Lightroom

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.

  • Strong features: This app is one of the powerful photo apps that you can trust to capture images, edit the same photos and then share your photos online.
  • Devices Available on Android, iPhone (ios) and PC
  • Available from Google Play store, App Store and for Windows 10

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  1. VSCO Cam app

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.

  • Strong features: VSCO are trying to build a network of like-minded people, they give you the tools to take pictures and edit them, to share your best photo, to be inspired by the pictures of others, learn with their top tips and actually join the VSCO community for a premium. VSCO is an excellent app and easy to use, it has a great feeling because it is very complete in its offering.
  • Devices Available on Android and iPhone (ios)
  • Available from: Google Play store and the App store

Edit your images with basic controls The best apps have customizable features and fantastic effects. Photo Source: Unsplash

  1. Pixlr App

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.

  • Strong features: The app is made for sharing, it is full of more feature than you can imagine, so it will be fun to spend some time exploring its offering. A few of the great features that I especially like are the collage feature, the typography feature, the colour splash feature and the sketch feature, but there are millions of combinations to choose from. This app is also intuitive and makes an upload to social sharing sites easy and efficient.
  • Devices Available on: In the browser, Android and iPhone (ios)
  • Available from: Browser, Google Play store and the App store
  1. Flickr App

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.

  • Strong features: This company is very generous giving you access to 1TB of free memory. You can access your images anytime, upload them quickly, organise your images into albums and folders, edit your images with basic controls (Like brighten, crop, rotate, photo filters etc.) and finally you can then share these images any way you want, with anyone you want from anywhere you want in the world. Sounds too good to be true, I know? But its true alright I would advise anyone serious about photography to grab their account.
  • Devices Available on: In the browser, Android and iPhone (ios)
  • Available from: Browser, Google Play store and the App store

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  1. Facetune App (Paid)

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.

  • Strong features: Turns selfie editing into ‘childs play’, simple photo editing with striking results. I am not a selfie girl myself, but I have to say that the features on this app are pretty tempting. If you love selfies this could be your go-to app, it looks well worth the $2.99 that it costs to make the in-app
  • Devices Available on: Android and iPhone (ios)
  • Available from: Google Play store and the App store

Some of the top photography apps There are apps for beginner photographers and professional photographers. Photo Source: Unsplash

  1. Some other pretty good photography apps for premium and free photo editing that didn’t make my top ten list are Hyperlapse, Snapshot, Piclab, Befunky photo editor and Aviary photo editor.

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.

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