5 of the best photography apps

With smartphone cameras becoming clearer and more advanced, we take more pride in our photography skills than ever before. There’s an amateur photographer in all of us and sometimes we need the tools to bring snaps to life! We’ve delved into the best apps you can download to enhance your photos even further.



Instagram has become one of the most popular apps in the world. Launched in 2010, the app has evolved to include over 40 filter effects and location tagging. Anything you’ll need to edit your image is in the app ”“ if you want warmer tones, colour or you just like a black and white image, everything is at your fingertips. With over 500 million daily active Instagram users and 95 million photos uploaded per day, it’s easy to see why it’s king of photography apps.



One app that has the potential to give Instagram a real run for its money is VSCO, formerly known as VSCO Cam. Like Instagram, VSCO has a range of filters you can apply to your images in order to enhance them. VSCO also has a toolkit feature in which you can make adjustments to finer points like fade, clarity, tint and contrast. Images are published to a journal through your app, but plenty of people use VSCO and Instagram together.


Photoshop Express

Photoshop is often the first word you think of when it comes to image editing, and you can use it straight from your phone. Photoshop Express is available on Android, iOS and Windows for photography enthusiasts who want to tweak their best images. Everything in the app is immediately accessible so if you aren’t an editing pro, it won’t matter. Any image altered on Photoshop Express will need to be saved as there isn’t a sharing option available for social media.


Google PhotoScan

Many of us have stacks of photos that were taken before the digital age. With Google’s PhotoScan you can easily scan these cherished memories and enhance them to share  with your family and friends online. With PhotoScan, each photo is scanned from different points of view then combined, so the image is straightened and glare is removed. It’s far more advanced than taking a picture of a picture. It allows you to get the best version of your baby photos!



Photo editing app Pixlr gives you an awesome range of tools to help bring your pictures to life. You can create collages (perfect for birthday posts and throwback images), you can layer a number of photos for one unique look and you can stylize your pictures to look like a pencil drawing. Add text, use a border and keep tabs on your favourite filters to use them again and again. The interface on Pixlr is amazing so you’ll have no problem using it from the get go.

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