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30 Amazing Mobile Apps for Photographers

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Mobile photography is becoming more and more popular with an ever expanding sea of apps available to aid anyone with a keen eye and a smartphone. Today we're going to look at 30 of the best mobile apps for photographers!

There are plenty of photography apps out there that aren't worth a second glance, but we've collected together the ones that are actually worth taking a look at. From apps that will help you edit your shots, to those that recreate toy cameras of the past, this covers them all. Whether you're an Android or an iPhone (or even iPad) user, this roundup is the place to be. Let's dive right in!


Adobe Photoshop Express

What better place to start than with the stalwarts of desktop photo editing: Adobe and their mobile offering. The mobile version of the behemoth doesn’t do everything its big brother does on the desktop,
but it has enough features to help you fix a photo and quickly share it with others. Apart from the usual brightness and contrast-related controls, the app has a handy ‘straighten’ option that will automatically rotate images so they don’t look tilted.

Platform: Android & iPhone

Price: Free


Instagram

Instagram is an amazingly fun and simple life-sharing app for your iPhone. Snap photos wherever you go to show the world what’s going on in your life.

Follow your friends’ photo updates as they move through the world. Select from photo filters that transform regular photos into works of art you’ll want to keep around forever.

Platform: iPhone

Price: Free


CameraBag

CameraBag allows you to dramatically enhance your photos using many classic camera and film simulations. It's a little more limited than some similar apps in the category, but can give you extra ideas when you draw a blank!

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


Retro Camera

If you're an Android user and old school images are your thing, it’s hard to beat the utility of retro camera. The app comes with 5 vintage cameras and a bunch of vignetting and surface effects to make your pics look like authentic antiques. The process is simple – choose a camera, decide whether you want a color or a black & white photo and press the shutter on the screen. The darkroom-style gallery for viewing photos is a nice touch.

Platform: Android

Price: Free


SwankoLab

Swankolab is an app that really goes for the overall darkroom experience! Complete with smells of photo chemistry and sounds of mad science being made, your SwankoLab comes with everything you need to turn any image into a retro misprinted masterpiece. Choose chemicals, process photos, and experiment.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


PhotoToaster

The PhotoToaster combines all the essential ingredients for photo processing in a single product. It employs fast non-destructive, high quality image adjustments and provides three different ways to adjust them. The Toaster can do everything from simple lighting adjustments and color corrections to elaborate effects.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


Picasa Tool Pro

If you need more control over your Picasa Web photo albums than the stock gallery app offers, you can try Picasa Tool Pro. The app provides complete control over your online albums and supports multiple accounts. Other features include a batch uploader, customized queries and the ability to set a photo from the online album as a contact or wallpaper image.

Platform: Android

Price: Free


Pocketbooth

Easily turn your iPhone into a vintage photobooth with Pocketbooth: the photobooth that fits in your pocket. Pocketbooth perfectly replicates the intimacy, spontaneity, and hilarity of a traditional photobooth. It's a great app to amuse and entertain, and to capture something diiferent!

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


IncrediBooth

Incredibooth is an app that's along the very same lines as Pocketbooth, imitating the classic photobooth experience. Both of these apps are great for snapping something a bit different, and getting a crowd into one shot!

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


PhotoWonder

If you need to make minor edits to your photos and create collages to share with friends, PhotoWonder is worth a look. It lets you add color effects to your photos, add stickers and frames, and create beautiful collage images with two or more photos. A couple of portrait enhancement effects (to improve eyes and skin) are also included, but the result may vary depending on the input.

Platform: Android

Price: Free


Paper Camera

See the world through a novel, original, stylish and captivating lens. Paper Camera gives you a wide range of dramatic effects that are applied live as you look for something to shoot! Even the interface of the app is themed to fit in with the sketch effects.

Platform: Android

Price: $1.99


Photobucket Mobile

The Free Photobucket Mobile app helps you access your Photobucket account, find whatever you want, or take pictures and videos and share them with everyone in your network… wherever you’re at. If you're a Photobucket user, this is a must-have.

Platform: Android

Price: Free


Photogene

Photogene is about improving your digital photos and having fun while doing it. This intuitive, easy-to-use application offers a comprehensive set of professional editing tools and has a good development team who are always looking to improve it!

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


PhotoForge2

PhotoForge is a highly optimized editing and painting application designed for the iPhone and iPad. It can be used for a whole host of things including image manipulation, retouching, effects, and color correction, as well as a painter’s tool. With true layers support it's indispensable for creating original artwork, or editing photos on your mobile device. It's similar in features to Photogene, but perhaps a little more advanced - take a look at which app meets your needs and go for that one!

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


Camera ZOOM FX

Camera ZOOM FX is an increasingly popular photography app on the Android Market that offers a huge range of options and touts itself as the most complete photo app for Android. It even gives you access to features such as time-lapse and voice activation - never miss that timer shot again.

Platform: Android

Price: $2.99


Snapseed

If you use either an iPhone or an iPad then you've got to try Snapseed, it takes a gestural approach to photo editing that really works. It was given the prestigious title of'iPad App of the Year' by Apple, and deserves a look.

You can do everything from simple adjustments to more creative enhancements all from within the app.

Platform: iPhone & iPad

Price: $4.99


Hipstamatic

This app hardly needs an introduction, but I'll give it one anyway. Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of the past! It keeps the the quirks of shooting old school but gives you the ability to swap lenses, film, and flash settings all with the swipe of a finger.

Love it or hate it, Hipstamatic is an interesting proposition. It aims to replicate not just the results, but also the experience of using a toy camera, which can be frustrating at times.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


Filterstorm

Filterstorm has been designed from the ground up to meet your iPad and iPhone photo editing needs. Using a uniquely crafted touch interface, Filterstorm allows for more intuitive editing than its desktop counterparts with a toolset designed for serious photography.

Filterstorm is as close as you can get to a professional piece of mobile photography software, versatile and powerful.

Platform: iPhone & iPad

Price: $3.99


Super 8

If you get a sudden desire to switch from photography to cinematography, and want to get a specific look and feel, then Super 8 may be just what you're looking for.

Make your own vintage movies and add lens, filter and shake effects, arrange clips and scenes the way you want them; you can even add your own credits.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


Luminance

Luminance gives you pro photo editing capabilities in a simple and elegant interface. Easily add effects to your photos, choose from many built-in presets, crop the area you want, and copy edits you've made from one photo and apply them to multiple photos.

Platform: iPhone & iPad

Price: $0.99


Stuck On Earth

Here I have a very different proposition when it comes to mobile apps. First off, it's an iPad app. Secondly it doesn't exactly allow you to edit or take photos, but it may transform the way you see photography.
Stuck On Earth is a new app from Trey Ratcliff that brings you the best places in the world to visit, photograph, and experience. It's the ultimate app for explorers, photographers, and daydreamers.

Platform: iPad

Price: Free


Film Lab

Film Lab is a film simulation app that transforms the iPhone into a film camera. There are a multitude of different film effects available, as many as 79, including popular film such as Agfa, Ilford, Kodak, EES, and Fuji.
It's an essential for a film enthusiast!

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


Time Lapse

Timelapse photography is a common area of intrigue for the keen photographer, so why not try it out before spending days on something truly expansive.

With Timelapse you simply set the duration of the shoot, the length of the final video, an audio track from your iPod library, frame your shot, sit back and relax.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


Lapse It

For you Android users out there there's no need to feel left out on the time lapse front, Lapse It has you covered. Capture stunning Time Lapse videos with this full featured award-winning app.

Platform: Android

Price: $1.99


Magic Hour

Magic Hour is perfect for fans of Instagram and Hipstamatic, it offers a robust and flexible set of photo editing tools that allow you to create and share your own filters. The best element of Magic Hour is probably the extensive filter market, where you can find inspiration from the Magic Hour community.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


HDR Camera+

If you have an Android phone, and love your HDR, the this might be what you're waiting for. Almalence has brought its expertise in professional HDR software to mobile phones. Its HDR fusion algorithms compensate
for hand shaking and detect moving objects in the scene, suppressing ghosting artifacts. At the same time, the algorithms are quick enough to provide comfortable processing time on mobile devices.

Platform: Android

Price: $3.99


Camera Genius

Camera Genius touts itself as the best way to take, edit and share your photos. With over 40 filters, 14 borders and easy crop. In addition to a new user interface that makes reviewing your photos a breeze.
It's for those times when the basic camera app just isn't enough.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $1.99


Camera+

Camera+ was one of the first successful camera apps in the App Store, adding useful extra features that people really desired. It's gone through many updates and is now the best advanced camera app for the iPhone, with features such as a 6× digital zoom, stabiliser, and the ability to use the iPhone 4 (and 4S) LED as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality.

Platform: iPhone

Price: $0.99


FlickStackr

FlickStackr is the best way to browse Flickr on any iOS device. Sometimes you need a little inspiration, and this is the app for that! Browse flickr content whether you have a fFlickr account or not, and search photos in Flickr - via a keyword or geographic location.

Platform: iPhone & iPad

Price: $1.99


Labelbox

If you're looking to add that extra touch to your photos, perhaps it's worth giving Labelbox a try! It does one thing, and one thing only; add labels to your photos. You'll be surprised what a difference a classic black label can have!

Platform: iPhone

Price: Free

I hope you've enjoyed this collection of photography apps - feel free to let us know about your favorites in the comments!

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