Best Apps for Taking Great Photos
Go beyond Hipstamatic and Instagram to make great pictures
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: June 21st, 2012
ow that most smartphone users also have access to the wildly popular app Instagram, it seems like taking mundane photos is, quite literally, everyone's hobby. But what if you want photos that aren't mundane? What if you're looking to create photos that are actually good? Photosthat don't require filters and blurring and lens flares and whatnot? Here's a quick rundown of some iPhone apps we like that help our pictures look better.
Diptic lets you choose several pictures at once and arrange them into one visually interesting collage.
PS Express is nice for doing quick photo edits. It's basically a super-condensed, super-bare-bones version of Photoshop, and you don't even have to pay $600 for it—it's free! FREE! This app lets you alter the color, contrast, sharpness, and a few other things on your photos. Nothing too riveting, but if you've got a slightly shaky hand or bad lighting, you'll appreciate the option to make your photos look better.
If you like Instagram's filters, though, you'll probably like HDR FX. It lets you add new filters to your photos and tells you which are "recommended," which is nice if you don't really have an eye for photography. Along with picking out new filters, this app lets you compare the filter side by side with the original (which most apps don't let you do), and has a solid 42 different filters to choose from.
If you like making photo collages, check out Diptic. Diptic lets you choose several pictures at once and arrange them in a way that creates visually interesting images. There are plenty of layouts you can choose from, and once you're done, you can share them across social media accounts or just save them to your photos folder.
Camera+ is another good app for overall photo quality improvement. At $0.99, this app features 6x zoom, a grid that helps you avoid taking angled photos, plenty of borders, filters, and special effects, and a stabilizer feature that lets you make sure your photos aren't blurry.
What are some of your favorite photo apps?