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Best Photo Apps for Amazing Photos

We all carry an incredibly powerful mobile camera in our pockets. It's time to make the most of it with the best photo apps for iPhone.

Replace the Native Camera

While Apple's Camera app is a viable solution, sometimes you just want to get more from your mobile photographs. These apps help you get the best shots possible.

ProCamera.

Use this great camera app in any low-light situation

ProCamera.

A number of modes

For photographers who are looking for a great way to take low-light photos.

When you're ready to capture an image or video, just start the app up. There are a ton of different levels you can adjust quickly and easily.

Why we love it

ProCamera+ is one of the best third-party camera apps available. It's powerful and truly gives photographers more control over their images - especially if they shoot in low light. The ability to shoot video is a great added plus as well. You will need to pay extra to unlock some features with an in-app purchase, but the technology is definitely worth it.

Camera+

A better camera app

Camera+

Complete control

For photographers looking for more control over their images.

While Camera+ has long been an App Store stable, it continues to add more and more features for photographers to help capture that perfect shot. Recent additions include slow-shutter support, ultra-low ISO and much more. Apple Watch users can even use the app on the wearable device to set a timer.

Why we love it

I have nothing bad to say about this app, it's not a fluke that Camera+ has topped the iTunes charts for so long. The combination of an easy-to-use interface and powerful manual controls makes it a must have for anyone looking to take their iPhone photography to the next level.

Afterlight 2

A powerful, full-featured photo editing experience

Afterlight 2

Filters galore

Afterlight 2 features a simple and clean design that makes it incredibly intuitive to use. The app utilizes a dark theme so that all of the focus is placed on your photos during the editing process, and all of the tools you may need are laid out in an organized fashion. The icons for all of the various settings are iconic and recognizable at a glance, even though it's all labeled as well. For those on newer devices, Afterlight 2 provides haptic feedback once you finalize an edit, which is nice. If you are looking for a powerful photo editor without a complicated interface, then Afterlight 2 fits the bill. When you launch Afterlight 2, the app displays your Camera Roll images by default, with the newest images at the bottom. You can scroll up to go through older photos, and tapping on one lets you see the image in full resolution. You can change it to an album at any time as well. At the bottom, it also tells you what number that photo is out of the total images in your Camera Roll, which can be rather useful. To edit the selected image, just tap on "Use." Along the bottom is the toolbar with your five categories of editing tools: Crop & Rotate, Adjustments, Filters, Art, and Double Exposure. Crop & Rotate has your basic cropping tools with various aspect ratios (including Golden). Afterlight 2 also tells you the dimensions of the photo if the crop is applied (Golden is 3872x2398 for example), which is helpful in case you need to know the pixel size. The sliders for precise adjustments, such as the Straighten tool, give you exact numbers and don't move too much once you release your finger from the screen, which can be an annoying issue with some photo editing apps. In Adjustments, you'll find all of the necessities, such as Curve levels, Brightness, Contrast, Vignette, Saturation, and more. But there are some new things, like Selective Saturation, where you can increase or decrease the saturation levels of eight different colors. Doing this can create unique looks in your images, if that's what you're going for. There's also Gradients that can alter the tone of the image too, which I like. No matter what you're trying to go for, Afterlight 2's Adjustment tools will help you get the perfect look. The Filters in Afterlight 2 are a bit different from the original app. While there are some default filters available, the magic is in the collection of filters that are submitted by other photographers. To check out what's available to download, just tap on the "Collection" tab and then hit "Browse." From here, you can check out what filter collections are available to download, and the best part is that they're all free. You can tap on a collection to preview the filters. At the moment, there are only five filter packs available to users. However, the developers plan to update the content every month, and it will always be free to download. If your filter collection is a bit too unwieldy, you can remove filter packs. When you find a filter you want to use, just tap on it to apply the effect to the photo. A slider at the bottom allows you to adjust the intensity of the filter, so you have full control over how your images come out. If you want to add some artwork to your image, you have two options in Afterlight 2: Add Text or Artwork. Text is pretty straightforward — just type what you want to say, and then choose the alignment. Then you can change the opacity, color, adjustments, and font. The Artwork option includes adding quotes, stickers, and botanicals. These have the same options as text when it comes to colors and other fine tweaks. The final tool that Afterlight 2 includes is the Double Exposure effect. This is when you blend two photos together, and you can adjust the opacity and blending options to create a more subtle effect if you want. As you make multiple edits to an image, you may start to lose track of what you've done. At the top of the screen is a History button, where you can view all of the changes you've made since importing the photo. You can go back however much you want and make new edits. When you're done, just tap on the "Done" button to apply finishing touches like frames. You can choose the image quality (small 800x495, medium 1600x991, or max 3872x2398 on my iPhone 8 Plus), and then tap where you want to save or send to. It's an easy and seamless process and again, gives you full control over how the final product comes out.

Perfect Those Photos

Even a great photograph can be improved through software. These apps are some of the best to help you create the perfect photo.

Polarr Photo Editor

For stunning photos, this editor provides the exact tools you need.

Polarr Photo Editor

Effects, adjustments, and filters

Polarr Photo Editor is not only very easy to use, but produces quality photos at the finish. If you are looking for a new photo editor, or are already a fan of Polarr Photo Editor for Mac, then head over to the App Store and get the updated mobile version.

Why we love it

Polarr Photo Editor is a robust tool for iOS. With extensive features, ease-of-use, and a customizable interface, if you have not tried this mobile version of the Mac app yet, then you are missing out.

Enlight

This photo app does it all

Enlight

Your Photos, Your Way

When you want one photo editing app to do it all, Enlight is the one.

Enlight is an all-in-one photo editing app that will eliminate the need for multiple apps on your iOS device. With Enlight, you'll have the basics like color adjustment, cropping, and even some filters that can change how your photo looks. But the app does much more, such as text on images, artistic effects like paintings and watercolors, double exposure, Instagram-ready borders, and much more. With Enlight on your iOS device, you won't have to worry about not having the right tool for the job, because you'll have them all in one place. It's super convenient and well worth the price tag.

Why we love it

Enlight is one of the most powerful photo editing apps that we've had the pleasure of using, and it's a must-have for any photographer's toolbox.

Pixelmator

When you need an all-in-one Photoshop experience

Pixelmator

Pixelmator-demo

For anyone who needs powerful photo editing, as well as working with digital graphics

Pixelmator is one of the best photo and image editing apps that you can buy on iOS. The app brings desktop-like power to iOS, and is capable of letting you tweak your photographs to perfection through powerful editing tools. And if you are more of a graphic designer, Pixelmator is great for that too, as there are a lot of tools to create your own graphics and artwork. It's flexible, customizable, and provides enough power so that you never have to use a desktop or laptop computer again for image editing.

Why we love it

We love Pixelmator because of the power that it provides. It's super easy and provides us with all of the tools that we would ever need to perfect our photos.

Create Unique Photos

Looking for apps that can turn your photos into something completely unique and different, such as a work of art? These apps help you add that cool flair to impress your friends.

Photo Sketch - Doodle Effects

Photo Sketch - Doodle Effects

Huiying YIN

Photo Sketch is a simple,funny and professional app that lets you convert your photos into sketches or cartoon avatars by applying up to 20 different image effects filters.

Key Features:
- different sketch effects: Normal Pencil Sketch, Color Sketch, Memory Style Sketch, Blue Art Style Sketch, Old Movie Style, Oil Sketch, Water Paint Sketch, B&W Sketch, 3D Gorden Sculpt, Reverse Color, Memory Style Photo.
- awesome textures
- Easy-to-Use interface.

The Photo Sketch effect can be applied to any image.
Please send all feedback and suggestions to [email protected] . We love to hear your ideas.

Pencil Sketch Photo Camera Pad

Pencil Sketch Photo Camera Pad

DUAN YUNYONG

Do you want to make your everyday pictures shine and funny?
Pencil Sketch is a easy to use and funny app that lets you convert your photos into sketches or cartoon avatars by applying up to 100+ different image effects. None of your pictures will look ordinary again.

Main Features:
+ Now featuring 50+ different sketch effects : pencil sketch, Memory Style sketch, Blue Art Style sketch, Old Movie Style, Skateboards sketch, Face Frame sketch, Smooth sketch
+ Now featuring 50+ different cartoon effects : 3D Gorden Sculpt, Black & White sketch, Color sketch, Sharpen Filter, Black & White Photo, Reverse Color, Memory Style Photo
+ Easy-to-Use interface.

The Pencil Sketch effect can be applied to any image. Best effects are obtained by using a picture with a big head.

Artisto – Video and Photo Editor with Art Filters

Artisto – Video and Photo Editor with Art Filters

MY COM

You give us photos and videos – we give you masterpieces! We were the first in the world to process videos through neural networks to generate stunning visual effects and now we excel at processing your pictures too!

There is no way to do it easier...
△ Take one or use an existing photo or a video
△ Tap the button with the filter you like
△ Get the result that you want and hang it in a frame on your wall. And not in just a regular frame, but a luxurious one!

We are blown away with some of the recent Artisto artwork so we're launching a challenge!
Use #ArtistoBattle with an Artisto filter edit on social media! Every day we will pick a new winner and YOUR photo might appear as the cover of a filter IN THE APP! Let the battle begin!

If you encounter any problems, please drop us a line at [email protected]

Better Panoramas

Panoramic photos can really capture the amazing scenery that you're witnessing in person. These apps are the best for getting the perfect panorama.

PanoPerfect

Shoot perfect panoramas and share them with a community

PanoPerfect

See amazing photos from all over the world

For anyone who loves taking panoramas and sharing them with others.

PanoPerfect is a simple app that is a social network for sharing your great panoramic shots. Just create an account and upload your epic photos to be shown off to the community. You can also see shots that others have uploaded in the Stream and comment and like the ones you love. Get notifications when a new panorama from a friend is uploaded, and get notified when you get likes and comments. Get out there and shoot those great panoramas and showcase them in this app.

Why we love it

Panoramas are great for showing off beautiful landscapes, so it's nice to be able to do that easily with other people so they can feel like they're there too.

DMD Panorama

When you want to truly immerse yourself in the experience and capture it all

DMD Panorama

For those who want full 360 degree panoramas that truly capture the entire experience.

DMD Panorama knows that your iPhone already takes panoramic pictures, but it aims to make taking the widest of shots even better than the built-in option. Its convenient yin-yang symbol guides you through each shot by showing you when you're panning too quickly. And if you're looking for really fancy features, DMD will help you create immersive images that are compatible with VR headsets like Google Cardboard. But if you're in a sharing mood, your friends can check out your cool, 3D shots even without having the app. It even works with the front-facing camera if you want to take some amazing selfies.

Why we love it

Anything that's as easy to use as Apple's own panoramic mode but gives you cool, extra features is alright with us. We especially like the social settings, which let you easily check out other people's epic shots from all over the world.

Storytelling Through Collages

While we may have some great photos from a popular spot or event, it can be a hassle to share photos one-by-one. Collages help you showcase your best moments, and these apps are perfect for the job.

Manage Your Photos

Now that you have a collection of amazing photographs, how are you supposed to manage them all? These apps can help.

Google Photos

Unlimited cloud photo backups that are magically searchable

Google Photos

Search your entire photo library

For those who have lots of photos and no way to organize them.

Google Photos is a Great way to store and manage all of your images and videos. Everything is automatically uploaded from your Camera Roll, and everything is automatically organized and searchable. Along with iOS devices, you can also access everything on the Web. And best of all, you'll receive unlimited storage for free. After uploading everything, the app makes it easy to find what you're looking for. One of the more unique features is the visual search capability that allows you to search the people, places, and things in each photo - no tagging required. Along with managing images, you can also edit your photos.

Why we love it

Google Photos is dead simple to use. You literally just open the app and it does everything. The backups, the organizing, the searching, etc. You do not have to tag anything, Google just knows. It even has a cool "Assistant" feature which creates little recap videos, animated gifs of your photos, and albums of events. Google Photos also groups all the photos of the same person together. So you can click on one image of a person and see all their photos. If you want to go ahead and tell Google that person's name, you can even search by their name. So for example you can search for "John at the beach" or "John and Mary" to see all the photos that have both John and Mary together in them.

Ever - Photo Backup & Storage

When you just want one album for all of life's photographic memories

Ever - Photo Backup & Storage

Ever - Photo Backup & Storage

For anyone who wants an automated backup of all of their photos.

Everalbum is a comprehensive photo backup solution across a variety of platforms. With Everalbum, you can be assured that photos from all of your various hardware sources are backed up into the Everalbum cloud. Every user gets unlimited storage space so that all memories are kept safe, and everything is encrypted and private so your photos aren't viewed by unwanted eyes. Once images are uploaded, you can delete them locally from your device to free up some precious space. Everalbum also makes it easy to share your memories with others and even relive throwbacks every day, so you don't forget about those photos that you've sent up to the cloud. It's fast, free, and super intuitive to use.

Why we love it

Everalbum is a great option for online photo backup. Just install it on all of your devices and high resolution copies are saved to the cloud so you can free them from your local storage. Share memories, relive the past, and always have peace of mind knowing that your photos are safely backed up.

Shoebox - Cloud Photo Storage

Shoebox - Cloud Photo Storage

Couch Labs Inc

Shoebox - Cloud Photo Storage

For those who want a photo backup app with unlimited cloud storage.

Shoebox - Photo Backup and Cloud Storage lets you browse your photos based on location, season, or time of day. View slideshows and share photos directly to your favorite social media sites. With unlimited cloud storage space for photos at a resolution of 10.6 megapixels and an upgrade option as well, your memories will always be safe.

Why we love it

Shoebox - Photo Backup and Cloud Storage not only backs up your photos, but lets you browse and share easily.

Tidy Up Your Camera Roll

Once you've uploaded high quality, full resolution images to your service of choice or just have local computer backups, you can save space on your iPhone by getting rid of unnecessary photos in your Camera Roll.

Keenai

Keenai

Eye-Fi, Inc

Keenai

For those looking to organize, sync, and back up photos from all of their cameras.

Use with your Eyefi Mobi or Toshiba Flashair WiFi SD cards, with your WiFi cameras from Canon, Nikon, GoPro and others, and with your iPhone or iPad to get a unified camera roll of all of your photos and videos. View, share and enjoy them and back up and store them both in the cloud and at home automatically.

Why we love it

Keenai gives you access to all your photos, anywhere or anytime you want.

Screeny 2.0

Get rid of the screenshot clutter in your Camera Roll

Screeny 2.0

Screeny 2.0

Screeny is for those who find tons of screenshots in their Camera Roll and want to get rid of them.

Screeny is a simple app that anyone can use. If your Camera Roll is constantly cluttered up with annoying screenshots that you may have taken before and don't need now, or they were just by accident, Screeny makes it a breeze to get rid of them all. The app will scan your Camera Roll for any screenshots (iOS device or even those from the Apple Watch), and you can manually select the ones you want to get rid of, or just choose All Screenshots or Just Apple Watch Screenshots. Once you have the screenshots you want to remove selected, just tap on the trash can button and they'll be erased automatically. The app tells you how much space you saved. It's fast and convenient, and a great way to remove unnecessary screenshot clutter from your Camera Roll.

Why we love it

We take a lot of screenshots here at AppAdvice, and tend to forget about them later. Screeny makes it super easy for us to go and remove those screenshots without a second thought.