The Best iPhone Photography Apps for Snapping the Perfect Pic

If you’re like me, chances are your iPhone has replaced every other camera in your household. While the standard camera app does the trick for most situations, occasionally you might want to get a bit more creative. Why not unleash the full power of your iPhone with these awesome photography apps? After you’ve captured a few great pictures, check out our list of great iPhone apps for editing photos. Do you own an iPad? This list of iPad photo editing apps is a must!

 
Camera+ 2
 
Camera+ 2
 
by 3630 users
$7.99 - View in App Store

 

“Take your iPhone photo editing to the next level with Camera+ 2 – the best and most powerful photo capturing & editing app available. Camera+ 2 is designed by photo lovers on a mission to incorporate all the advances in photo technology that are being introduced year after year.

POWERFUL PHOTO EDITING

The Lab contains many photographic tools that allow you to fine-tune the exposure, boost the shadows, sharpen your photo, and adjust curves among many others. Dozens of built-in filters help you get that final look. Our favorites system makes it easy to save, share, and apply your favorite sets of edits to many photos at once.

RAW SHOOTING & EDITING

RAW mode provides maximum flexibility for editing, by saving the exact image captured by the sensor at its full precision. The RAW Editor includes tools such as Curves and a White Balance picker. Use the RAW Editor to develop your images, or send them to your computer and use your current workflow.

PHOTO LIBRARY INTEGRATION

We have achieved a fantastic integration with the photos you already have in your library. Instead of clunkily importing a photo you want to edit, doing your thing and saving it back, simply switch tabs and edit it right in place. And you’ll love the multitasking support in iPad. The editors can also be used on the photos in your Photo Library. Switch between your library and the Lightbox by simply tapping a button, or use drag and drop gestures in the iPad. Files and iTunes integration are also available to easily transfer pictures to your computer or other apps.

CAPTURE PRESETS

Camera+ 2 adapts to your style and technical savvy. If you like the system camera, select the Auto preset to use a simple, clear interface that will let you concentrate on your shot. Camera+ 2 provides all the essential framing and exposure tools, and will select the best parameters for you.

As your skills progress, or if you are already familiar with DSLRs, you’ll feel at home in Manual mode. You’ll be able to select the best lens, shutter time, ISO or white balance for your capture.”

 
VSCO: Photo & Video Editor
 
VSCO: Photo & Video Editor
 
by 150782 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“VSCO is a place where expression matters most. We offer creative photo and video editing tools, inspiration, and a place for you to be you.

Share your photos and videos with #VSCO for a chance to be curated by VSCO. We can’t wait to see what you create.

FREE PHOTO EDITOR

Take your photography to the next level with 10 free VSCO presets. Easily import and edit your RAW photos. Use editing tools like Contrast and Saturation to make your photos pop or use Grain and Fade to add texture and mimic analog film effects. Adjust or play around with your photo perspectives with Crop and Skew. Save and recreate your favorite edits with Recipes.

ADVANCED PHOTO EDITING TOOLS

Join VSCO Membership to access VSCO’s complete preset library with over 200+ presets. Recreate vintage film looks by Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, and others with Film X. Use advanced photo editing tools like HSL and Split Tone. Frame your images with a touch of color using Borders.

VIDEO EDITOR

Transform your videos on mobile with the same premium VSCO presets and advanced editing tools from our photo editor. Adjust white balance and experiment with color control with HSL. Easily create short video GIFs with DSCO.

VSCO MONTAGE

Tell a video story and make a moving collage by layering videos, images, and shapes. Celebrate moments, illustrate a mood, or experiment with photos and videos you already have in your Studio. Adjust the opacity of any media layered in to create an eclectic range of customized gel colors and double exposures.”

 
Hipstamatic Classic
 
Hipstamatic Classic
 
by 3902 users
$2.99 - View in App Store

 

“Hipstamatic is a world-class photography app and Apple’s original App of the Year!

Shoot beautiful authentic photography and become part of the world’s most creative community, exclusively on iPhone.

• Apple’s very first App of the Year
• The original photo filter app
• The inventor of square filtered mobile photos
• Plus, all of the features below 🙂

CLASSIC CAMERA

Digital photography has never looked so analog. Shooting Classic provides beautifully rendered skeuomorphic cameras that transform your experience as you swipe through lenses, flashes, and films.

Use Multiple Exposure to shoot multiple images in one shot and get amazing artistic results

PRO CAMERA

For the mobile photographer looking for a minimal capture interface with maximum control, shooting Pro gives you ultimate creative control.”

 
Horizon Camera
 
Horizon Camera
 
by 52 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“Horizon lets you record horizontal videos and photos no matter how you hold your device. Hold it upright, sideways or even keep rotating it while capturing, your captured moments will always stay horizontal! You can add filters, shoot with the back or front camera and share your creations!

Ever felt the need to rotate your device while recording a video? Do you often end up with vertical videos or videos in wrong orientation? Meet Horizon!

Horizon works like magic! It auto-levels your photos and videos while recording, using your device’s gyroscope. The resulting orientation is corrected so that it always stays parallel to the ground. It’s like a pro gimbal rig in your hand!

With Horizon you can help bring an end to the Vertical Videos Syndrome. Yes, you can now record horizontal videos, even while holding your device in portrait mode!”

 
NightCap Camera
 
NightCap Camera
 
by 1967 users
$2.99 - View in App Store

 

“NightCap Camera is a powerful app that takes amazing low light and night photos, videos and 4K time lapse. Long exposure produces beautiful photos in low light and unique Astronomy modes capture the stars, Northern Lights (Aurora) and more!

Do you find your photos and videos dark and grainy in low light? NightCap will help by unlocking the full potential of your iPhone or iPad’s camera.

AI camera control makes it easy by automatically setting optimum focus and exposure for a brighter, clearer shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter. If you prefer manual control then instant gesture based adjustment is always available, and special camera modes give you DSLR like results. You can even shoot photos, videos and time lapse in black and white if you want to.

Try Long Exposure mode for amazing motion blur effects and reduced image noise in low light. NightCap has an ISO Boost feature that allows 4x higher ISO than any other app, producing much brighter low light photos with low noise in Long Exposure mode!

Light Trails mode preserves moving lights – ideal for moving traffic at night, fireworks or light painting.

These modes are stunning when combined with HD or 4K time lapse!

There are 4 dedicated astrophotography camera modes. Stars Mode is ideal for a starry sky or Northern / Southern Lights (Aurora), or leave your device capturing in Star Trails Mode and watch the stars paint circles in the sky! There are also modes for easy photography of the International Space Station (ISS) and meteors (shooting stars).”

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