Mobile photography has become immensely popular these days, thanks to an ever-expanding sea of apps available to aid anyone with a keen eye and a smartphone.

There’s a whole plethora of amazing photography apps out there that, well, aren’t worth a second glance, but today, we’re going to look at 10 of the best mobile apps for photographers. These apps are actually worth taking a look at, from apps that will help you edit your shots, to those that recreate toy cameras of the past.

So whether you’re an Android or an iPhone user, this roundup is the place to be. Let’s jump right in!

 

Paper Camera

Paper Camera

See the world through an innovative, original, stylish and captivating lens with Paper Camera. This tool will give you a wide range of dramatic effects that are applied live as you look for something to shoot. Even the app’s interface is themed to fit in with the sketch effects.

 

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic hardly needs an introduction, but we’ll give it one anyway. This app brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras! It keeps the quirks of shooting old-school but still gives you the ability to swipe lenses, film, and flash settings, all with the swipe of a finger. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s an interesting proposition. It aims to replicate not just the results, but also the experience of using a toy camera, which can sometimes be frustrating.

 

SwankoLab

SwankoLab

This mobile app goes for the overall darkroom experience. Complete with smells of photo chemistry and sounds of mad science being made, SwankoLab comes with everything you need to turn any of your photos into an instant retro misprinted masterpiece!

 

PhotoWonder

PhotoWonder

PhotoWonder is an app that allows you to make minor edits to your photos and create collages to share with friends. It lets you add various color effects to your photos, add stickers and frames, and create beautiful collage images with two or more photos. It also includes portrait enhancement effects to improve eyes and skin, although the result may vary depending on the input.

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram is a highly popular and amazingly fun and simple life-sharing app for your iPhone. Snap photos whenever, wherever, and show the world what’s going on in your life. Follow your friends’ photo updates as they move through the world and select from photo filters that transform regular photos into works of art you’ll want to cherish forever. Instagram is also available for Android devices.

 

Retro Camera

Retro Camera

If you’re an Android user and has a thing for old-school images, it’s hard to beat the utility of Retro Camera. This mobile app comes with 5 vintage cameras and loads of vignette and surface effects to make your pics look like authentic antiques. It’s pretty simple: choose a camera, decide whether you want a color or a black-and-white photo, and press the shutter on the screen. The darkroom-style gallery for viewing photos has a nice touch to it.

 

PhotoForge2

PhotoForge2

This highly optimized editing and painting app is especially designed for the iPhone and iPad. It can be used for a whole host of things, including photo manipulation, retouching, effects, color correction, and painter’s tool. With true layer support, it’s an indispensable tool for creating original artwork, or editing photos on your mobile device.

 

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe is known to be a stalwart in desktop photo editing. And now, their services are available even on your mobile device! The mobile version of the behemoth doesn’t do everything its big brother does on the desktop, though it has enough features to help you edit your photos and quickly share it with friends. Apart from the usual brightness and contrast-related controls, Adobe Photoshop Express has a handy ‘straighten’ option that automatically rotates images so they don’t appear tilted.

Picasa Tool Pro

Picasa Tool Pro

If you need more control over your Picasa Web photo albums than the stock gallery app offers, this app is the one for you. It provides complete control over your online albums and supports multiple accounts. Other great features include a batch uploader, customized queries, and the ability to set a photo from the online album as a contact or wallpaper image.

 

HDR Camera+

HDR Camera+

Do you have an Android phone and love your HDR? Then the HDR Camera+ might be what you’re waiting for. Almalence has brought its expertise in professional HDR software to smartphones. Its HDR fusion algorithms compensate for hand-shaking and detect moving objects in the scene, suppressing ghosting artifacts. At the same time, the algorithms are fast enough to provide comfortable processing time on mobile devices.