With each new generation of iPhones, the cameras are getting better and more refined. The current apex predator, the iPhone 7 Plus, comes equipped with 12 megapixel dual cameras, allowing for features and photo quality worthy of a professional, high-end DSLR (the abbreviation for Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera. Even if you’re not carrying around a top-of-the-line iPhone in your pocket, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that you’re not aware of the plethora of photographing superpowers packed into your phone’s camera. Whether you’re a professional, semi-pro, or amateur photographer, an Instagram addict with a sky-high post-per-hour ratio, or a frequent traveler who loves documenting his or her voyages, you’ll definitely appreciate these awesome iPhone photo apps.
Brought to you by an up-and-coming tech company called Google, Snapseed is a powerful photo editing app boasting approximately a gazillion photo editing tools (in our world, 26 qualifies as a gazillion) heaps of trendy, free-to-customize filters, and adjustable frames, bringing you everything you need to spruce up your selfies, skyline-at-sunset photos, and holiday pictures. Snapseed opens JPG and RAW files, and has a highly useful “Insights” feature crammed with tips and tricks about Snapseed and photography.
An all-in-one photo editor with Photoshop-like abilities. Lauded as arguably the best photo editor app for iPhone, Enlight boasts an impressive resume as it was selected as the 2015 App of the Year by the App Store in 8 countries, was the number one top paid app in 121 countries, and the number one photo and video app in 128 countries. With Enlight’s unique tools and eye-pleasing filters, you can transform run-of-the-mill images into artistic masterpieces faster than you could say Robert Capa. Whether you’re looking for a retro feel, some black & white magic, surrealistic montages, a change of perspective, a street art look, or a dash of intelligent photo correction, Enlight delivers again and again – and does so on a beautifully designed user interface that’s a work of art in itself. A must-have app for graphic designers, photographers, and enthusiastic amateurs. Enlight costs $3.99, but in light of its capabilities, that sum is borderline laughable and guaranteed money well spent.
4A Color Story
A classic iPhone photo app that many people love to hate. Hipstamatic was the very first app named App of the Year by Apple, so regardless of your feeling towards Hipstamatic, you have to at least admire its longevity, genre-creating originality, and its ability to reinvent itself time and time again. Hipstamatic’s vintage powers bring dozens of wonderfully rendered, skeuomorphic cameras to your iPhone, allowing you to experiment with films, lenses, flashes, and even multiple exposure, marvel at how each combination produces a different image mood, and save your favorite film-lens-flash-combos for later use. In case old school is not your cup of tea and you’re looking for something more modern and more complex, you can go Pro and enjoy full creative control over your images by manually controlling focus, white balance, exposure, shutter speed, ISO, and aspect ratio. Moreover, Hipstamatic packs a Darkroom Editing Suite with 20 adjustment tools and 12 signature presets, and has a PrintLab feature delivering high-quality prints of your favorite photos straight to your doorstep (the PrintLab service is available in more than 200 countries).
Despite being relatively new to the iPhone photo app game, Priime is rapidly gaining ground and has the potential to become a major player, though we highly doubt that it will ever overtake its big bully brother, VSCO, in terms of popularity and number of users. Speaking of VSCO, Priime is best described as a VSCO alternative, as it focuses on photo editing and photo sharing. Priime packs professional-grade photo filters created in collaboration with some of the best photographers in the world, smart filter recommendations, editing tools, edit copy-and-pasting with which you can apply the same effect to multiple photos, and a convenient edit history allowing you to undo image adjustments you’ve made several steps ago. Regarding Priime’s social aspect, it manifests itself in Priime Collections, and its concept is quite simple: you can publish your own photos to show off your best shots and follow other Priimers from all over the globe to see their photos and learn a few tricks from more experienced photographers.
71967 – Vintage Filters
Inspired by vintage camera films, 1967 brings you a blast from the past with 64 authentically old school photo filters. The app contains exactly zero photo editing tools (save for the ability to adjust the intensity of the filters), but we’ve already shown you some of the category’s very best, so we’re quite sure that nothing will stand in the way of you editing photos according to your tastes. 1967 – Vintage Filters has as minimalistic of a design as we’ve ever seen, and we’d be lying if we told you that it doesn’t look good, but despite the controls being labeled as “intuitive”, all the minimalism takes some getting used to, which, albeit to a rather insignificant extent, diminishes an otherwise flawless user experience.
8Fused: Double Exposure – Video and Image Blender
As its title suggests, Fused focuses on double exposure and image blending, and does so at such a high level that it’s undoubtedly among the best iPhone apps in its category. With Fused, you can create jaw-dropping blended images and videos in only four steps. After importing a background and a foreground, you can preview and choose the blend mode you deem fit for the project at hand from a selection, then adjust the colors of each layer and apply optional masking – and that’s it! Fused has intuitive controls, an elegant user interface, and wallet-friendly prices for unlocking all blend modes ($2.99) and for removing the watermark ($0.99).
9Polarr Photo Editor – Photo Editing Tools for All
10Filterloop - Photo Filters and Analog Film Effects
12EyeEm – Best Photography Community
Now that you have all the tools to become a photo-editing extraordinaire, it’s time to start exploring the business aspect of photography. Fishing for likes on Instagram is fun, but if you have the talent, vision, and work ethic to train yourself into a professional photographer, why not start making money right at the beginning of your journey? With EyeEm – Best Photography Community, you can get the exposure you and your photos deserve. EyeEm promotes up-and-coming photographers in the app, on their website, and on social media every single day, ensuring that real talent will be discovered, rewarded, and celebrated. By licensing your photos on the EyeEm Market and other premium marketplaces e.g. Getty Images, you can easily sell your best pictures and see your artistry published by agencies, brands, and media outlets. Although EyeEm has an in-app camera, 24 customizable photo filters covering a wide range of styles, and image editing tools for fine-tuning details, we’re more impressed by the app’s social aspect. EyeEm has an ever-growing community made up of 18 million photographers, giving you another medium where you can get discovered by creatives and fellow photographers, and, more importantly, providing a forum bursting with likeminded people who have overcome the very same obstacles you might be facing and who will gladly give you all the tricks and tips you need to get better at your craft.