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

wood-camera

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! 

15 Best Photo Apps for iPad and iPhone

Update

This list has been updated to reflect notable apps in 2014. 

Here are my picks for the best apps in 2014: 7 Essential Photo Apps,  Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing and Apps for Sketching, Painting and Applying Painterly Effects, in our library of free guides and app tips for iPhoneography

You'll also find interesting new and noteworthy apps in the Tidbits series – a mix bag of inspiration. 


MOBILE PHOTO EDITORS


Filterstorm

Filterstorm

Filterstorm

Filterstorm's unique touch interface makes it intuitive, easy and fun to use. The versatile and varied set of tools for editing photos includes powerful masking tools, that give you the ability to apply any of the filters by brush, color range, and gradient, as well as to the entire image. Selectively adjust your photo by painting on your adjustments. Filterstorm includes in-app video tutorials. Available for iPad and iPhone.

Photogene

Photogene

Photogene

Intuitive and easy to use to edit, enhance and share your photos on the go. Professional editing tools. Photogene is an excellent everyday photo editor.Available for iPad and iPhone.

PhotoForge

PhotoForge

PhotoForge

PhotoForge is a digital darkroom with an impressive range of tools; image manipulation, painting, retouching, effects, and color correction. PhotoForge is available for iPad and iPhone.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a free, basic mobile photo editor that lets you upload, view and share your photos. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.


MOBILE PHOTO EFFECTS


Pano

Pano

Pano

Take beautiful, seamless 360° panoramic photos directly from your mobile device. Pano's handy semi-transparent guide helps you line up all your shots perfectly. For Android, iOS & Windows Phone 7.

 

QuadCamera

QuadCamera

QuadCamera

4-8 serial shoots are taken in sequence by the iPhone’s camera, then composed into a single shareable image with 6 selectable effects. QuadCamera is one of many toy apps by Takayuki Fukatsu that allows you to do fun and artistic things with the iPhone’s built-in camera.

4-8 serial shoots are taken in sequence by the iPhone’s camera, then composed into a single shareable image with 6 selectable effects. QuadCamera is one of many toy apps by Takayuki Fukatsu that allows you to do fun and artistic things with the iPhone’s built-in camera.

TiltShift Generator

TiltShift Generator

TiltShift Generator

Create more dramatic-looking images, focused only on one spot. Processes your photos with blur, color, and brightness to apply radical depth-of-field effects. With TiltShift Generator you can make even flat cell phone images look like DSLR-quality shots with depth of field. Available for iPhone & iPad


ARTISTIC VINTAGE FILTER EFFECTS


CameraBag

CameraBag

CameraBag

Recreate the magic of film by emulating photography’s most beloved and iconic vintage cameras, film, and processing techniques. Effects can be stacked. CameraBag is easy to use with an intuitive, simple interface. For iPhone, iPad, Windows & Mac.

lo-mob

lo-mob

lo-mob

Retro lo-fi and photographic experiments on your iPhone. Select or snap a photo and lo-mob immediately generates a list of previews of all the different effects. Pick the one you want, tweak it if you like, and save or share your photo via e-mail as well as through a range of social media services. Available for iPhone and Windows Phone 7.

PictureShow

PictureShow

PictureShow

Choose between 37 analog presets or mix your own style with frames, light leaks, noise and vignetting. Features lens kit, random shuffle effects and social photo sharing. Find your own style and save it as a PictureShow recipe. For the iPhone.

Plastic Bullet

Plastic Bullet

Plastic Bullet

Randomly generates the look of many combinations of cameras, lenses and films turning your photos into gloriously unpredictable works of art. A true electronic lomography app that encourages you to explore the “happy accidents” of your photography. Share directly to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Plastic Bullet gives you instant, high quality results. Available for iOS devices and Mac OSX.

Film Lab

Film Lab

Film Lab

Recreate the look of analog film stocks with Film Lab's impressive set of film and film styles from brands like Ilford, Kodak, AGFA, Calotype, FORTE, GAF, Polachrome, Rollei and Fuji. Transform your iPhone into a film camera with Film Lab.

FX Photo Studio

FX Photo Studio

FX Photo Studio

Tons of effects that can be stacked on each other, combined, randomised and saved as new presets. FX Photos Studio includes basic photo editing like cropping, rotating, flipping, as well as social photo sharing. For iOS devices and Mac OS X.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras from the past. Swap between a variety of camera components, film, lenses, and flashes, for a variety of different looks and styles. Beautiful. For iPhone

Instagram

Instagram offers a selection of vintage inspired filters and borders but what really sets this app apart is its focus on social media and photo sharing. Easily share photos through Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare and Twitter. Get started in no time with this Guide to Instagram. Available for iPhone & Android


For more iPhoneograpy app tips and tutorials, take a look at out our library of Free Guides for Mobile Photography and Art.