Taking photographs with your smartphone is just a way of life, whether it’s celebrating a night out with your best friend or chronicling a well-earned vacation with your partner. But for as reliable and high-quality as today’s phone cameras are, they might not be getting you the most out of every shot. To really capture a moment and make a perfect social media post, these photography apps will come in handy.
PicsArt Photo Studio
PicsArt Photo Studio is a slick, free photo app that is simple to utilize and understand. This all-in-one photo editor gives you the means to do just about anything you can think of with your photos, from simple touchups to complex effects to clipart and stickers to creating collages. PicsArt is available for free on Google Play as PicsArt Photo Studio: Collage Maker & Pic Editor and on the App Store as PicsArt Photo Editor + Collage.
Cymera touts itself as the perfect beauty camera, giving you the tools necessary to turn your selfies into works of art. Available for free on Google Play and the App Store, Cymera exploits tools like a stable shooting mode and spot metering to take the perfect photo, whether it’s a selfie or a photograph for your Instagram. Cymera also features editing tools like blur, mirror and makeup to help you touch up your photos and make them stand out even more.
The free, easy-to-use Snapseed app, available on Google Play and the App Store, comes with a large assortment of editing tools to give your pictures a professional flair. You can alter and improve the quality of your photos with tools like white balance and curve adjustment, and the app also allows you to undo any edits you’ve made so that you can get your picture absolutely perfect. Snapseed offers Control Point technology, which allows you to assign enhancements at different points in a photo, and a Healing tool that allows you to cut out photobombers.
VSCO is available for free on Google Play and the App Store, and downloading it entitles you to a surprisingly deep range of presets, editing tools and community content. To get the most out of the app, you’ll need to opt into the $19.99 annual membership, which unlocks a complete library of over 130 presets, including presets that emulate the look of vintage film. A paid VSCO membership also entitles you to exclusive editing tools, including film coloring; weekly challenges to test your photography skills; and bonus content and tutorials.
Afterlight 2 costs $2.99 in the App Store, but it’s money incredibly well-spent if you want unique, high-quality photographs. That one-time price earns you a continuous stream of content updates, including new filters and tools. It also gets you access to textures and effects that will make your photos unlike anything else in your social media feed, including dust textures, double exposure and selective color adjustment.
These apps will put your smartphone photography on par with what even a professional is capable of capturing. Download these apps today and start taking photos that will rack up the likes and loves on social media and look great in a photo album.