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Best photo editing apps
We’re all about helping you supercharge your smartphone camera – and while taking great photos with your phone isn’t difficult, getting a perfect shot is. Even if you’re using the top photography accessories the O2 Gurus picked out, sometimes you need to crop a passer-by out. Other times that selfie might not be showing you at your best.
The good news is there are loads of apps out there to help you take your smartphone photos to the next level. Here are five of our favourite photo editing apps:
Best for taking better photos – Pro Camera 7
Before you start thinking about editing, there are a number of apps out there that can boost the capabilities of your phone camera. iPhone users should check out Pro Camera 7 (Android users, take a look at Camera ZOOM FX for similar features). Adjusting the exposure and focus settings gives you more control over your shots, while it also includes handy extra features like a self-timer, image stabiliser and night camera for taking better pictures in low light. Once you’ve got that perfect shot, Pro Camera 7 also has some useful editing features, including brightness controls and a number of preset filters.
Available for: iPhone and iPad
Best for sharing – Instagram
Being able to quickly add a selection of filters to give your smartphone photos a vintage feel has proven very popular. Instagram’s incredible success is down to how easy it is to use – just snap a picture, choose from a range of retro looks then share with friends and the 200 million-strong Instagram community. Then sit back and watch as the likes come rolling in. If it’s a particularly boast-worthy shot, you can also post it to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr from within the app. Easy!
Available for: iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Best for selfies – FaceTune
You want to make sure you look your best before sharing a selfie with your friends, so download FaceTune to retouch and airbrush portrait shots to your heart’s content. Grey hair? Wrinkles? Spots? Forget about them – the app instantly rolls back the years. But be careful not to go overboard or you’ll end up looking like you’ve had one too many rounds of botox.
Available for: iPhone and iPad (Android coming soon)
Price: iPhone – £1.99, iPad – £2.49
Best for arty photos – Instant Blend
One photo is good, but sometimes two is better: Instant Blend is a great tool to quickly create double exposure photos by blending two of your mobile snaps. You can then add arty filters and even inspirational text overlays or frames to add a real personal touch. Best of all, it’s free!
Available for: iOS
Best for the professional – Photoshop Touch
Photoshop is to photo editing what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners – so much so that “photoshopping” is now a widely used verb. It’s no surprise that the mobile version of the software packs some impressive features for editing your images on the move. Photoshop Touch lets you do many of the same things as the desktop version, including adding text and blending layers to create visually striking images. There are also some creative filters for quick, fun creations and the app includes sharing functions so you can collaborate with others and search for inspirational images without leaving the app. If £6.99 seems a bit steep, try Photoshop Express which offers basic image editing for the low, low cost of free.
Available for: iOS and Android
Price: £6.99 (Photoshop Express: free)
What’s the best photo you’ve taken with your phone? Show us over on Twitter @O2 or share your top phone photography tips in the comments below.
For more on how technology is changing the world of photography, tune in to LBC Radio on Saturday at 8.30pm when O2 Guru Davina will be talking about the best camera tech. Find out more here.