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Here are the 10 best photo apps that will help your smartphone or iPhone photography game.
Download these photo editing tools and take creative control over your images.
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10. A+ Signature

The A+ Signature app is a multi-usage photo annotation app which allows you to make your mark on any photo.
It isn’t the text on images that I find interesting, but the fact that you can add copyright information, straight to your captures.
By using their elegant watermarks or text, you can add irremovable content to your captures, ensuring those who want to use your images give you the correct accreditation.
There are many other image editing features, but protecting your images is what makes this photo app awesome.
This photo editing app is only available for Apple devices.
A screenshot of the A+ Signature homepage


9. Pixlr

Pixlr is a photographic editor, with a twist. It creates montages from your photographs. There are over 2 million combinations of effects, overlays and filters – all free!
Once finished, you are free to share the images with friends, or straight to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social network.
If you follow the app’s page on Instagram, they will even give you tips and tricks daily, as well as much needed inspiration.
For the creative photographers out there, get it and Pixlr your images today!
A screenshot of the PIxlr homepage, best apps for iPhone and smartphone


8. Fused

Fused is an app designed to create double exposures in-phone. The idea is simple. You capture two images on your phone and import them both into the app.
It is even the first of photo apps that will let you blend together videos, or a combination of both.
It has a revolutionary UI, 20 real-time blending modes and tools that allow you to draw and erase as you see fit.
On top of that, you can save them at high-resolution, and share them from inside the app. Creativity made easy.
A screenshot of the Fused photo apps homepage


7. Film Born

We all live in the digital world, and sometimes it’s difficult to break away from it. Perhaps you miss all of those glorious analogue film types that now don’t exist.
Film Born is an app letting you recreate and re-imagine your captures as if they were taken on specific film stock. By controlling the white balance and exposure, you apply presets that immediately give your shots a cult status.
It is an image editor, allowing batch editing and highlight clipping, among many other features.
A screenshot of the Filmborn homepage


6. Camera+ 2

Camera+ 2 is the second adaptation of a great photography app, where the first edition sold over 14 million copies. Unlike most other applications designed around capturing images, this lets you take full control over all aspects and controls.
Optical quality is great, and the creative tools they provide is substantial. Manual controls, RAW capture, depth editing are just a few of the great features this app has to offer.
If you want easy to use photo apps where you have control over every setting, this is for you.
A screenshot of the Camera+2 homepage


5. Halide

The Halide app isn’t cheap, but for what it offers you, the price is meaningless. However, you will need an iPhone 8 or newer model for this photo apps to work on your iPhone.
Basically, a photography app, letting you capture scenes better than the in-phone camera. It is more intuitive, feeding you beautiful details from every shot. This is for photography, not snapshots.
Changing exposure and focus is a breeze. Halide offers focus peaking, a detailed histogram and even RAW support. It’s a DSLR in your pocket. Almost.
A screenshot of the Halide Camera homepage


4. Google Photoscan

You could digitise your print images in two ways. You can dig out the flatbed scanner, spend hours finding the right cord, downloading the driver and then scan each image by hand.
Then you realise the resolution you set wasn’t large enough to do anything with. So you start again.
Or, you could download the free PhotoScan app, and photograph your print from four slightly different angles. I know which one is less time consuming, and therefore a better fit into my lifestyle.
Their smart idea of capturing/scanning the image four times reduces and eliminates light spots and glare when you photograph an image straight on.
screenshot of Photoscan by Google Photos homepage


3. Pocket Light Meter

Whether you’re learning how to use a film camera, running out of battery or experimenting, Pocket Light Meter is for you. It’s a straightforward photography app – quick and easy to use.
It presents a viewfinder, showing you the scene, three dials and Save and Hold buttons. It even tells you the Kelvin temperature of the light for better white balancing.
The idea is that you set your ISO first, and then depending on what kind of shot you want (blurred vs. sharp, wide vs. narrow depth of field), fix the other settings as you wish.
This is a great way to practise how to use the exposure triangle for a perfect exposure and high-quality images.
A screenshot of the Pocket light meter homepage


2. Instagram

We all know about Instagram. It is one of the biggest social media outlets for photography. Recently acquired by Facebook, another top contender in the sharing of images.
Instagram is a simple way to capture, edit and share your favourite moments. Or every moment in fact. You can follow groups and other people, which is great for inspiration when the creative block hits.
It’s not the most powerful photo editor out there, but the app’s photo filters are definitely a great tool for photo sharing.
More than a billion people are part of this network, seeing millions of images shared daily. If your images are good enough, you can even use it to make a few bucks.
screenshot of the Instagram homepage


1. The Photographer’s Ephemeris

This is number one for all photo apps across the board. We understand it has an odd name, but never judge photo apps by its chosen title.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a tool for landscape, architecture and astrophotographers. It helps you plan your outdoor photography shoot by focusing on the avaliable natural light.
The calculator will show you how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth. Perfect for sunsets, sunrises and all that in-between.

screenshot of the Photographers Ephemeris photography app


If you want to know more about The Photographer’s Ephemeris, here’s a cool video to check out.

There we have it.  Ten awesome photo apps ideas to boost your photography. the best thing is, you don’t need to choose just one.
All of these can work in conjunction with each other. Most are free, allowing you to experiment and use when needed. Happy Apping!
For a roundup of the best photo editing apps, including Photoshop Express and Lightroom, check out this article.

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