Ever wanted to do more with your smartphone camera? While most devices today come with fairly advanced, multi-lens setups, the real “photo bugs” among us are always looking for ways to add a little something extra.
Fortunately, as with so much of the digital world nowadays, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are a lot of apps for that, so here are our recommendations of some of the most interesting apps you can use to enhance your smartphone photography.
For Android users, a quick search in the Play Store for “Photo Apps” offers nearly 250 choices, from pricey, advanced options to fun filters. We’ve chosen the following pair for their versatility, and ease of use.
Open Camera has serious features, including manual camera controls, a timer, support for some external microphones, HDR, exposure bracketing, and more. It’s a great option for both photographers and videographers, and it’s completely free, with no in-app purchases or advertising.
Google Camera is Google’s official camera app, and delivers an impressive set of features. They include a lens blur mode, slow motion (on supported devices), photo spheres, video stabilization, and more. The app is free, and can be used on any devices running Android 7.1.1 operating systems and up.
There are also a massive number of photo apps offered in the Apple App Store for iPhone users. This free pair deliver some of the best enhancements to the iPhone’s already terrific camera.
Photoshop Camera Photo Filters is all about creative spontaneity. It’s a great way to add imagination to any snapshot. The app works in real-time, applying live filters and effects to whatever you’re looking at through your iPhone’s camera. Or, you can load an existing image and have the app transform it into something brand new.
VSCO Pronounced “Visco”, this app provides a robust range of photo editing tools and filters, including the unique ability to emulate a host of other cameras. Additionally, it offers most of these same features for video content as well.
Best App You Probably Already Have
No matter what type of smartphone you’re using, if you’re a digital shutterbug, no doubt you’re already using Instagram as part of your social media routine. It provides a host of classic filters from which to choose, along with the ability to comment, like, share, and send photos directly to friends of your own choosing.