Take Better Photos
The following apps allow you to do more with your smartphone’s camera, so you can get better pictures with every shot.
1) Moment Pro Camera App
If you want DSLR-like capabilities with only your smartphone, the Moment Pro Camera App is the way to go. With this app, you can shoot photographs in RAW with fully manual controls. This allows you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, exposure, image format, focus and white balance, just like you would on a DSLR camera. Shooting in RAW allows you get better results out of photo editing. It also has an anamorphic lens option, so you can de-squeeze photos. It’s available on iOS (free with in-app purchases) and Android ($2.99).
This app is currently only available on iOS devices (and the company warned about a rip-off version on Android devices in early 2018). It turns your phone’s camera into a premium piece of equipment. You can shoot in fully manual or auto mode. All photos are captured as RAW files to give you full editing control. With a recent update, you can shoot pets and other objects in portrait mode, and a feature called Focus Peeking allows you to see where your photo is in focus. It costs $5.99, which is a minor investment for a tool this powerful.
3) Open Camera
This Android-only app is available free of charge with no in-app purchases required. While this open source app is not as sophisticated as others, it’s still loaded with features. Your photos will not contain metadata but can set the app to capture time stamps and geotags. You can choose between auto-stabilize and adjusting modes, color effects, ISO, exposure and more. The app also has a clever option to take a photo remotely with a voice command.
Another DSLR-quality camera app, Focos is available for free with in-app purchases on iOS devices. Highlights of this app include large aperture, real Bokeh, 3D lighting and more. This app leverages computational photography technology so you can edit the photo – including making adjustments to focus, aperture shapes and adding lights – after you have taken the photo. The app is easy to use and is a great substitute if you don’t have an iPhone XS or XS max.
Enhance Your Photos
Many apps have been developed to help with the photo editing process as well. They range from free to subscription-based, but you don’t have to pay a lot to get decent editing capabilities.
Snapseed is one of the best free photo editing apps available on both iOS and Android. You can edit JPG or RAW files using any of the 29 tools. Beyond the basic functions that are included in most editing apps, this program also includes capabilities such as:
- Healing: Removes photo-bombers and other unwanted objects
- Lens blur: Adds Bokeh
- HDR Scrape: Create the effect of multiple exposures
- Double Exposure: Blend two photos
- Face Enhance: Improve portraits
The app also has a unique “Control Point” or Selective features where you can select up to eight points on your photo to assign enhancements and then the app’s technology does the rest.
6) Afterlight 2
This app is billed as an all-in-one photo editor for iOS devices. Note, currently only the original Afterlight is available on Android devices. Underlying its simple user interface is a wide range of editing capabilities. From basic edits like color, exposure and sharpness to advanced modifications such as curves, selective hue/saturation, clarify and tone, this app will help you upgrade your photography skills quickly. They recently added dust and light leak overlays and are continually offering new filter packs from talented photographers. One of the best perks is that after paying the $2.99 for the app, there are no additional subscription or in-app fees.
If you want one app that will help you take better photos and make them look better during editing, here’s our pick:
7) Adobe Lightroom CC
Anyone who knows a little about photo editing, knows that Adobe Lightroom is one of the main photo editing tools that professionals use. Now you can enjoy some of these capabilities on your iOS or Android mobile phone. Lightroom offers a powerful camera and photo editor in a single app. You can shoot in RAW and adjust shutter speed, white balance and ISO. The apps comprehensive editing abilities include one-touch pre-sets and advanced adjustments.
Before you post your photos online, be sure to watermark them. Watermarquee.com is a free online photo watermarking tool.