5 Top Photo Apps to Make Your Photos Stand Out from the Crowd

Update

This list has been updated to reflect the latest notable apps.

Take a look at 8 Essential Photo Apps,  Top Art Apps for Painting and New & Noteworthy Apps, in our library of free guides and app tips for iPhoneography


Transform your images into extraordinary, artful photos. Here are 5 photo apps that will help you make your photos pop, so they stand out from the crowd of regular, cookie-cutter filtered images, and don't look tacky. If you're an Instagram user, your photos will look different and unique in the stream of photos, when you use other apps to make your photos, and then share your photos on Instagram! 


Wood Camera

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wood-camera

Flexible, fast photography app with an intuitive work flow and an elegant interface. Use the in-app camera to shoot with 22 lenses in real-time or import photos. Crop, and rotate. Add and tweak effects, texture, tilt-shift and frames.

What makes Wood Camera stand out

Create unique and interesting effects with Wood Camera's customisable filters that give the user more control over the final look.  

Photo sharing

Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.

Platforms

iOS devices.

Snapseed

Snapseed

Snapseed

Powerful, intuitive and sophisticated photo editing with a gesture based interface. Add drama, grunge, tilt-shift, frames, vintage film or make selective adjustments. Auto Correct analyzes your photo and automatically adjusts color and exposure. All effects can be fine-tuned and adjusted to taste. Excellent in app help makes it easy to learn Snapseed.

What makes Snapseed stand out

Versatile & powerful. Innovative touch based interface that's easy-to-use.

Photo sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.

Platforms

iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac OSX.

Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic

Turn your photos into art in three easy steps. Begin by picking a moody filter, then add a special effect (such as bokeh, scratches, rainbow or a vignette) and finally a border. Use the Shuffle effect for a random combination.

What makes Pixlr-o-matic stand out

Autodesk's Pixlr-o-matic is easy to use and free.

Photo Sharing

Facebook, Flickr, Imm.io and Dropbox.

Platforms

Android, iOS devices, Windows, Mac OSX.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic brings the romance of the analog experience into the digital age. With this unique camera app you can emulate analog photography by swapping your lens, flash, and film to create artistic photos. Shake the camera for a random combination. Hipstamatic creates beautiful, artful results and offers incredible versatility and control. "Digital photography never looked so analog"

What makes Hipstamatic stand out

The feeling of shooting with an analog camera.

Photo Sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr. Order analog prints right from the app.

Platforms

iOS devices.

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch

Remove undesirable elements from your photos by painting over them with your fingers with TouchRetouch. It works like magic.

What makes TouchRetouch stand out

Fast, easy and can save the day photo. 

Photo sharing

Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and Twitter.

Platforms

iOS devices, Samsung Bada and Google Android.

 

For more app tips and tutorials, check out our library of Free App Tips for Mobile Photography.

Path. A Smart Journal for Intimate Sharing

Do you like sharing, but want it to be more personal and private? Are you looking for more intimate sharing that takes less time? Like lo-fi, vintage photography, but not a fan of Facebook? Would you like to add music and video? While the dust is settling around Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, here's an alternative social networking channel. 

Path

PathPath is a smart journal that lets you share your life with a small group of friends and family. Instantly shoot, modify, and share photos and videos. Share the music you're listening to, where you are, who you're with, your thoughts and notes.

While social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are designed for building an army of followers, Path lets you create an intimate social network that's open to 150 friends. Users feel that Path is a lot like Facebook, but private and less cluttered.

Path is smart and learns about you as time goes by. It can help you see interesting patterns in your life. Over time, it takes less effort to maintain because Path learns about your life.

What makes Path stand out

Intimate, private sharing in journal style.

Sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr.

Platforms

iOS and Android.

A big thank you to my brother Edmund England for the tip! 

Facegram = Facepalm?

facegram Some Instagram users are talking about #Facegram and #Facepalm, because Facebook bought the popular photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 Billion (congratulations Instagram on the sale and Facebook on acquiring Instagram). It seems like a picture is worth more than a thousand words? 

What's so Special about Instagram?

People like Facebook and use it. People love Instagram and get absorbed in it. Instagram is enthusiasm, soul and emotion. Instagram users love their app, photos and community. Maybe because a picture is worth more than a thousand words, and Instagram gives more than 40 million users the creative experience of self expression and global sharing.

Why Did Facebook Buy Instagram?

Facebook got Instagram's many passionate users. Aside from that, Facebook aqcuired a hook into the shift towards mobile computing vital for a social network that was started in the days of desktop computing. With Instagram in its pocket, Facebook has incorporated a tool for creating to add to its social sharing. Last but not least, Facebook has bought a global, mobile camera, and with that it can gather even more information about exactly what its users are doing and where they are. This information is valuable to Facebook, because they can serve ads to you, based on the data they gather about you, and the more they know about you, the more sophisticated their ads can be, and the less likely that you even can tell that you are being served ads.

How to Delete Your Instagram Account

Instagramers who don't want to be a part of Facebook's ecosystem or who are concerned about privacy and aren't happy to see personal information being passed on to Facebook are leaving Instagram. If you're thinking of leaving Instagram, you'll find that it's easy to do.

Backup and Save Your Photos

Save your photos with Copygram or Instaport.

Delete Your Account

Head to this page to delete your Instagram account.

On a Personal Note

While I understand and respect how meaningful Facebook is to a lot of people, I've personally opted out of Facebook for a variety of reasons, so for me it isn't viable to stay with Instagram any more. I still haven't decided which of many options I may go for with photo sharing, or if I even will join a new photo sharing platform. All I know is that I'll miss Instagram the way it was. I'll miss my international buddies who have fled the field and all gone to different photo sharing platforms...

What Are Your Thoughts?

Are you an Instagram user who doesn't know where to go or quite what to think of Facegram? Are you involved with photography or mobile photography? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments or drop me an email!