Smartphones may not quite be a match for compact cameras when it comes to photo quality, but they’re catching up and they have a secret weapon: apps. Whether you want to add new filters, editing tools or just take the pain out of getting your photo printed or uploaded there’s an app for that and we’ve collected ten of the best for creating stylish images.
Flickr probably doesn’t need any introduction. It’s a long-standing photo sharing community that’s proved tremendously popular among photographers for many years. But the Flickr app is definitely worth a mention.
It includes a handful of editing tools and filters so you can tweak your photos to perfection and then it’s quick and easy to get them uploaded to Flickr for the world to see, because what’s the point of having stylish photos if no-one else sees them?
Instagram is similarly famous and for similar reasons. You can share your favourite photos at the touch of a button and follow other people’s photo feeds to discover a wealth of images. The app includes tilt-shift blur effects to add extra depth of field to your images and if you want to send pictures to Facebook, Twitter or direct to friends that’s all doable too.
Pic Collage does what it says on the tin. It allows you to create collages from your photos, but it goes a bit further than that, letting you add stickers, frames and text in various fonts, so you really can create an authentic collage that looks just as good as one made by hand.
Then like any good photo app you can easily share it to friends and social networks, so your memories can live forever online.
Color Splash makes it easy to create incredibly striking photos, by turning an image black and white while keeping colour in a select part of it.
So perhaps you want to keep the focus of the photo in colour and make the background black and white or maybe you want to colour someone’s eyes to draw attention to them. Whatever you choose to do it’s very hard not to end up with impressive, stylish results.
Paper Camera essentially does just one thing but it does it well. It adds convincing cartoon and sketch effects to your photos, so convincing that they often genuinely look like drawings rather than photos.
Better yet it’s all done in real time so you can see the world turned into a cartoon before your eyes and know how the effect is going to look before you snap a photo.
A Beautiful Mess is certainly well named, as its selection of tools and effects can make your photos look a whole lot better and with the ability to add hand drawn doodles, neon colours and text in various fonts your photos will certainly be eye-catching and could end up a bit of a mess, but it’s a mess that will be a lot of fun to make and share.
Photoshop is the editing tool of choice for professional photographers and while the mobile app is a lot more limited than its desktop counterpart it’s still got some handy features.
From one-touch auto-fix, to cropping, rotating and removing red-eye, Photoshop Express has the basics covered. But it goes further by letting you add filters and borders, adjust the contrast, exposure and white balance and it even includes support for RAW images. All in all it’s a surprisingly powerful tool and there are extra packs you can buy to add even more features.
If you’re going to take photos of yourself it helps if you look your best. That’s where Facetune comes in. It’s packed full of powerful tools to help faces look better, from the ability to widen or refine a smile, to changing eye colour, removing red eye and making eyes stand out.
It can also be used to remove imperfections, smooth over skin, refine jaw lines, fill in bald patches, heighten cheek bones, reshape a nose, add makeup effects and more, so your selfies will look better and more stylish than ever.
Lapse It blends photography and video to create stunning time lapses, with a customisable frame rate, filter effects and more. So whether you want to capture a sunset or a party this is an effective way to show off the whole thing in a stylish fashion.
In these days of online photo sharing you could almost forget that printed pictures are still a thing, but KODAK Kiosk Connect remembers. It allows you to wirelessly print your smartphone photos on high quality photo paper at KODAK Picture kiosks in selected Tesco, Boots and Kodak Express stores, giving them a tangible quality that a screen can never replicate.
And really, in this age of online photography what’s more stylish and unusual than a physical photo.< Back
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