Load up on high-qual­ity apps for cap­tur­ing, cor­rect­ing and per­fect­ing im­ages on your phone



Mo­bile im­ages can look some­what clin­i­cal, es­pe­cially when they are con­verted to black and white. The Darkr app en­ables you to har­ness tra­di­tional black and white film ef­fects, such as grain and con­trast, to add fur­ther mood and drama to your pho­tos. The app fea­tures a range of tools such as Stripes, which en­ables you to see test strips of your im­age that show the re­sults of dif­fer­ent ex­po­sure set­tings. Darkr also en­ables you to take pho­tos as if you were us­ing a tra­di­tional large for­mat cam­era, get­ting you in the right mood.

From $1.49, ana­logueapp.com

CAM­ERA MX (An­droid)

Packed with fea­tures that make cap­tur­ing im­ages easy, Cam­era MX may not be aimed at the se­ri­ous pho­tog­ra­pher but, with in­no­va­tive fea­tures such as the tap-and-hold live cap­ture, you’ll find smart­phone pho­tog­ra­phy a lot of fun when us­ing it. Cam­era MX also en­ables you to cap­ture shots that would oth­er­wise be im­pos­si­ble: us­ing Shoot the Past, for ex­am­ple, you can catch the mo­ment with mul­ti­ple shots recorded be­fore you press the shut­ter but­ton. Just scroll back to pick the op­ti­mum shot.

From free, magix.com


Lightroom CC is the go-to app for pho­tog­ra­phers, and there are spe­cific ver­sions avail­able for phones and tablets. This app is more akin to the dark­rooms of old, en­abling you to en­hance rather than ma­nip­u­late your im­ages. The fea­ture set in the mo­bile ver­sion has ad­vanced tools such as tone curves, con­trast and colour cor­rec­tion, and some en­hance­ment tools. The app also con­nects with your Cre­ative Cloud sub­scrip­tion, giv­ing you plenty of op­tions for work­ing across mul­ti­ple plat­forms.

From free, adobe.com

SNAPSEED (iOS/An­droid)

This is the ul­ti­mate pho­tog­ra­pher’s tool­kit, with plenty of ef­fects and fil­ters to help you trans­form the look and style of your im­ages. Snapseed was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped as an app ver­sion of the in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful Pho­to­shop plugin Nik Soft­ware, and it has now taken on a life of its own, fea­tur­ing ad­vanced photo-en­hance­ment tools, in­clud­ing tone curves, that give you un­prece­dented con­trol over your JPEG and raw files (many phones now shoot the lat­ter).

Free, face­book.com/snapseed

VSCO (iOS/An­droid)

If you’re look­ing to push your pho­tog­ra­phy skills to the next level, the VSCO app is es­sen­tial for your smart­phone. VSCO fea­tures a wide se­lec­tion of looks and ef­fects that can be ap­plied to your im­ages, in­clud­ing ways to mimic tra­di­tional film stock such as ILFORD HP5. And that’s not all: be­cause the ap­pli­ca­tion was de­vised by ‘cre­ators’, it has a se­ri­ous edge with tips, tricks and tu­to­ri­als avail­able to you. There’s even the op­tion to get your im­ages cu­rated. With a yearly sub­scrip­tion cost­ing less than £20, it’s worth check­ing out.

From free, vsco.co


Cam­era apps have evolved ten­fold in re­cent years, and the Halide cam­era app is one of many that of­fers full man­ual con­trol over your smart­phone’s cam­era. This par­tic­u­lar app has won over pros thanks to its slick, no-fuss and gim­mick-free de­sign. The Halide app also stands apart from the oth­ers due to the ro­bust set of fea­tures it pro­vides, in­clud­ing man­ual fo­cus and ex­po­sure, as well as man­ual fo­cus con­trol and peak­ing. Halide also serves up raw file cap­ture, so you get ev­ery­thing at the best pos­si­ble qual­ity. $9.99, halide.cam

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