Essential Photo Apps

Essential Photo Apps 2015

With a constant stream of new photo apps, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin, so I've put together this list of my go-to software for creating mobile photography and art.

All these indispensable apps will save your images at high resolution and are regularly updated by their developers. A selection of must-have apps in any mobile photographer’s tool kit in 2015

This list was updated on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

7 Excellent Apps
For All Your Basic Photo Needs

Camera App


ProCamera 8 is an excellent photo, video, and editing app. With its renowned powerful and intuitive user interface, ProCamera 8 enables you to shoot stunning HDR photos and precisely control exposure with a simple swipe. It's fast. Simple. Professional. Designed for iOS 8 with HDR and Manual Control. 

ProCamera is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Editing Images


Award-winning, first-class image editing at your fingertips. Unique, intuitive gesture based interface that makes Snapseed a joy to use

This app offers powerful and sophisticated editing tools for everyone, regardless of your style. From a documentary or more purely, contemporary photographic look, to emulating vintage photography techniques as well as working in deep post-processed artistic styles.

Tap and swipe to enhance your image, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, ambience and white balance. Auto Correct analyses your photo and automatically adjusts colour and exposure to perfection. Tune your image, make selective adjustments, straighten, rotate and crop. Bring out the details and improve the sharpness of your photo. 

Add creative effects. Transform your photos to black & white, mimic vintage films, or add drama to emulate HDR films. Add depth, atmosphere and texture with the grunge filter. Draw more attention to your main subject by making the background out of focus with Center Focus or use Tilt-Shift to create shallow depth of field. With Retrolux you can make your photos look genuinely vintage with light leaks, scratches, and film styles. Add frames as a finishing touch. 

Snapseed is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Mac and Windows. Developed by Nik Software. Now a Google USA service. 

All In One


VSCO Cam™ is your all-in-one camera app. Simple, intuitive, fast and powerful, this app covers everything from shooting, gorgeous editing, organizing and sharing photos and has some of the finest presets you'll find for mobile photography. 

VSCO Cam gives you more control through separate Focus and Exposure as well as White Balance Lock. State of the art presets and tools including black and white, vibrant classy, mellow, portraits, analog classic, moody, instant, bright, faded, portraits, analog archetype, new modern lights, polychrome summer and polychrome winter as well as a skin tone tool

For Android, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Features in-app purchases. Developed by Visual Supply Company, California, USA. 


Managing Your Images


Simplify your life. Easily backup your photos (and documents) and bring them anywhere. It's one of those rare apps that you won't believe how you could get by without, once you get it! Get started with this tutorial for How to Automatically Backup Your Mobile Photos With Dropbox

Download Dropbox for free. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, Windows, Mac and Linux. Developed in California, USA. 


Photo Transfer App

If you’re looking for a good way to safely and easily transfer photos between your devices and/or computer then you should absolutely give this app a go. This is an indispensable tool when you shoot your photos with your smartphone but prefer to edit them on the larger screen of your iPad

Further reading: Your iPad: The Creative Tool You Didn't Know You Needed.

Transfer your photos & videos over your local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, no cables or extra software required. Impressively fast. 

Photo Transfer App is available for iOS and Android devices and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux based computers. Developed by ERCLab | Mobile Development | California, USA. 

Sharing Images


Perhaps the most established photo-sharing site on the web, Flickr lets you discover a world of images, safely share and organise your images 

Flickr's free app is the mobile gateway to Flickr. Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone. 

Further reading: tutorial for How to Use Flickr

Developed by Yahoo, California, USA. 


Another Camera App

Pure Shot


A sophisticated filter-free camera app with a minimalist interface that emulates the way a camera works. PureShot for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, is highly configurable and professional.

Get started with this excellent PureShot Walk-Through Video Tutorial from The App Whisperer

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