The smartphone camera that fits in your pocket is getting pretty powerful these days. Especially if you’re just out for the day and don’t want to lug around a bunch of gear.
But that doesn’t mean you have to forego all of the features available on your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
You can use mobile photography apps to get even more control over your camera settings. Plus, somre pretty cool tools for editing and post-production.
Here are some of our favorites…
Snapseed allows you to fine-tune your photos with multiple tools and features. To get started, you can quickly and easily adjust the brightness, contrast,
saturation, ambiance, highlights, shadows, and warmth.
You can also crop, rotate, and adjust the white balance to make your image look more natural.
Add a beautiful bokeh effect. Apply HDR. Use double exposure to blend two photos together. Or select from a wide range of filters / styles that you can apply to your photos (drama, grunge, grainy film, vintage, retrolux, noir, and more).
There’s also a black and white option to make your photo look like it came straight out of the darkrom.
You can also enhance your photos by adding focus/sharpness to the eyes. Add face-specific lighting. Or even corret the pose of portraits.
And last but not least, one of my favorite features is the curves adjustment. Which gives you a lot more control over the look and feel of your photo.
Here are some of the tools and features in action…
2. Camera+ II.
The first version of Camera+ sold over 14+ million copies. They have now revamped the entire app to prepare for the next 10 years of mobile camera
With Camera+ you get more control over your iPhone camera. First and foremost, it gives you advanced manual controls. So you have more precise control over
shutter speed, ISO and white balance.
Camera+ 2 also allows you to capture RAW images. Giving you full control over the post-editing process. From there you can use the built-in RAW Editor or
transfer your photos to the computer for more advanced editing.
Version 2 also comes with new Depth Editing functionality. Allowing you to selectively adjust the bokeh effect and focus distance.
There are also a number of new and improved shooting modes.
You can use the slow shutter mode to take long-exposure shots up to 30 seconds. There’s also a macro mode to capture those gorgeous close-up shots.
And for those with shaky hands (like myself), the new Stabilizer mode works like a charm. Helping to eliminate blurry photos.
And finally… one of my favorite features is focus peaking. Which will automatically show you what subjects in your frame are in focus so you can get tack sharp images.
This one is only available for the iPhone.
VSCO (pronounced visco) is one of the best photo filter apps for creating beautiful, natural-looking photos. With the filters and presets inside VSCO,
you can turn bland, ordinary photos into striking images that will impress your friends and family.
VSCO also gives you built-in editing tools for cropping, straightening, adjusting exposure, color, and sharpness.
If you’re looking to enhance your photos, this is one of the best photo filter apps. Allowing you to achieve your desired look and feel with just a few clicks.
* One-tap filters with adjustable intensity
* Built-in camera with manual controls
* Editing tools: crop, straighten, exposure, color, sharpness, and more.
* Photo-sharing community
* Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
This is a handy little app that allows you to remove unwanted objects from your photos in just a few seconds.
You can easily remove powerlines, street signs, or even that uncle who is always photobombing. Simply use your finger to paint over the object and then watch as it magically disappears.
This app can also remove unwanted blemishes or imperfections. Clean up any photo in just a few taps. The app works by replacing the selected object with pixels from the surrounding area.
5. Lightroom for Mobile.
Lightroom has been a long-time staple in the photography industry.
And now with the Lightroom for mobile, you can bring many of those high-powered features directly into your phone.
Available for both the iPhone and Android, this app allows you to change the look and feel of your photos with just a few clicks.
Comes with built-in filters for quick and easy edits. Along with advanced editing tools to adjust exposure, tone, contrast, shadows, color temperature
Also allows you to easily remove elements from your photo. Remove people, tourists, electrical lines, and anything else that takes away from the
scene you’re trying to capture.
You can also use selective editing to apply changes to specific areas of your photos.
In the world of photography, Lightroom is definitely one of our favorites.
And the mobile version allows you to edit your photos on the go. With most of the features available for free.
Allows you to get DSLR-like results from your camera phone.
6. Afterlight 2. https://afterlight.co/
This is one of the most intuitive photo editing apps for both beginners and professionals alike.
It’s probably most well-known for its extensive library of filters. Many of which have been created by well-known mobile photographers. Plus, they’re
adding new features and filters every month.
With just a few clicks, you can get the exact look and feel that you’re going for.
It also offers more advanced tools such as curves, selective color, gradients, adjusting exposure, color, and sharpening.
There’s also a double exposure feature that allows you to superimpose two images together to create some unique and interesting combinations.
Available exclusively on the app store.
7. Background Eraser.
This app allows you to erase the background of any photo.
Background Eraser App for Android
It has both a manual and automatic mode. So you can remove backgrounds within just a few minutes. This simple and intuitive app often works just
as well as the more expensive desktop photo editing software.
Using this app, you can easily change the background of your photos with ease. Erase the background and download the transparent result. Create
beautiful composite photos and more.
Available on Google Play.
8. eZy Watermark
Want to protect your photos online? Use this app to add custom watermarks to all of your photos. The pro version allows you to add watermarks in bulk. So you could add your watermark to hundreds of photos with a single click.
There are a couple different options for creating your watermark. You can create a custom autograph directly within the app itself. You can upload a custom logo. Create custom text. Or even add a QR code.
You can also save several templates for future use. This app is pretty simple. But very useful for anyone who needs to apply a professional watermark before uploading to the web.
You can download eZy Watermark here.
If you’re using an Android phone, I recommend this app.
PhotoCaddy is the photography expert you can carry in your pocket. Whether you’re wanting to shoot waterfalls, street photography, landscapes, or portraits,
PhotoCaddy will give you all the information (and camera settings) you need to get the best shot.
It has built-in guidance and suggestions for over 50 different situations. From rainbows to waterfalls and everything in between.
Over 500 total built-in tips.
MacWorld.com is quoted as saying this is “Like having a professional photographer at your side giving you advice before you shoot…PhotoCaddy’s wealth of knowledge
is a steal for most photographers.”
This app does cost $9.99. But for the beginning photographer, it’s a great way to start mastering your craft.
This was the 2016 iPhone App of the Year, with over 120 million users. And it’s still one of the coolest apps for photographers.
Prism uses artificial intelligence to tranform your photo into a work of art. The result looks hand-painted, complete with natural textures, styles, and strokes. Make your photo look like a famous painting from Picasso, Munch, or even Salvador Dali.
There are over 300 artistic styles to choose from. With a new filter being released every single day.
Plus, they also have a great creator’s community where you can share your photos and get inspiration from others. A quick scroll through the feed and you’ll never
be lost for ideas.
Once you’ve applied your filter, you can also enhance your photo using additional tools like exposure, sharpness, contrast, and brightness.