Amaz­ing apps

The apps to turn your snaps into master­pieces!

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Pho­to­gene 4

£1.99 De­vel­oper Omer Shoor, mo­bile-pond.com iOS 6 or later; iPhone, iPad or iPod touch This pow­er­ful Uni­ver­sal edit­ing app uses slid­ers to dial in ad­just­ments, greatly sim­pli­fy­ing com­plex con­trols for tweak­ing the his­togram and con­trol­ling in­di­vid­ual colour chan­nels. There’s even a Curves con­trol for more ad­vanced users. You can edit im­age meta­data to add your name, cap­tions, copy­right data and so on, while di­rect ex­port op­tions send your shots to so­cial me­dia, Flickr, Drop­box and even an FTP site, op­tion­ally wa­ter­mark­ing the out­put.

Snapseed

Free De­vel­oper Nik Soft­ware, google.co.uk/nikcol­lec­tion iOS 5.1 or later; iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Snapseed’s fil­ters, ef­fects and ad­just­ments are bro­ken down into groups so you can quickly find what you need. They es­chew slid­ers in favour of drag­ging di­rectly on the sur­face of im­ages to set the strength of each ad­just­ment. The first time you use a fil­ter or ef­fect, a handy over­lay ex­plains what each part of the screen does, and how you should swipe, pinch or drag it to ap­ply the change. It’s a Uni­ver­sal app, and an un­qual­i­fied bar­gain: it’s free.

Pho­to­shop Touch

£2.99 (iPhone), £6.99 (iPad) De­vel­oper Adobe, adobe.com iOS 6 or later; iPhone 4S or later (for iPad: iOS 5 or later; iPad 2 or later) There are fewer help­ing hands here than you’ll find in Pho­to­gene or Snapseed, but it’s no less pow­er­ful. It in­cludes brushes and lay­ers, so you can cre­ate orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions – not just edit ex­ist­ing pho­tos. There’s a slightly clunky im­port/ex­port rou­tine for mov­ing im­ages be­tween the app and your Cam­era Roll, but Cre­ative Cloud sub­scribers will wel­come the ease with which they can share work be­tween this app and the OS X and Win­dows edi­tions of Pho­to­shop.

Cam­era+ £1.49 De­vel­oper Tap Tap Tap, campl.us iOS 6 or later; iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Cam­era+ lets you set dis­crete fo­cus and ex­po­sure points within a scene, al­low­ing you to set, say, a sub­ject’s face to be pin sharp while us­ing a darker back­ground as the me­ter­ing point so you can re­cover de­tails that might other­wise be lost to the shad­ows. Man­ual ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion lets you iron out mis­takes in the iPhone’s au­to­matic al­go­rithms, and there’s an op­tional spirit level too, which shows on screen when you’re hold­ing the cam­era level.

Cam­era Awe­some Free (IAP) De­vel­oper Smug­Mug, cam­er­aawe­some.com iOS 5 or later; iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Cam­era Awe­some makes a great re­place­ment for the iOS Cam­era app, al­low­ing you to set sep­a­rate points for ex­po­sure and fo­cus, and over­lay your im­age with a spirit level and a choice of four grids to help you com­pose your shots. Its edit­ing tools in­clude 108 ef­fects, 63 fil­ters and a one-touch boost for colour, de­tail and con­trast, but only nine of the fil­ters are free. You can pre­view the rest and buy them in batches cost­ing be­tween 69p and £6.99.

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