Photography has been democratised, and while that is a strong and bold statement, the evidence behind it is pretty much true. Anyone, anywhere around the world can shoot images at any given time. With the rise of Mobile Photography, you are able to instantly share your images with the world and receive feedback – via Social Media; making mobile photography a vibrant and thriving genre within the app industry.

Millions of people have taken up photography through their smartphones as a creative hobby. In June 2018, the number of monthly active users on Instagram reached 1 billion.

There are a variety of online forums (and social media accounts) that specifically showcase mobile photographers and artists. Offline mobile photography groups organise exhibitions, photo walks, etc. And due to the popularity of the specific market, mobile photography has also become a new avenue for visual advertising.

On both the iOS and Google App Store, there are many different types of photo apps available to choose from. However, within the photography spectrum, you may only need three types of regular photography genre apps: camera apps, photo-editing apps, and photo-sharing apps. 

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Some of the best of all three tool types available on both the Android and iOS platforms are as follows.

1. Adobe Lightroom CC

The simple interface and great syncing features of Adobe Lightroom CC, a cloud-based tool, makes it easy for you to manage and edit your photos from anywhere. It has many features, including RAW photo support, presets, and advanced editing tools. You can download and edit photos for free but you have to pay for advanced features and photo syncing for example.

2. Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express gives you access to Adobe’s library of great editing features. The app also allows you to shoot and process RAW images directly from your phone. It offers in-app purchases for advanced pro features.

3. Snapseed

Designed by Google, Snapseed is a popular photo-editing app that not only has everyday photo-editing features, but also advanced features, such as selective editing and the healing tool. Snapseed is completely free with a simple-to-use interface, great for beginners and pros.


The photo-editing app VSCO has one-tap filter presets that make your photos seem like a classic film. VSCO has many editing tools, preset packs, a built-in camera with manual controls, and a photo-sharing platform where you can publish your images and engage with other photography enthusiasts.

5. Afterlight 2

Afterlight 2 is a full-featured photo editor with RAW support. It has all of the top basic photo-editing tools, built-in filters, and frames; you can create your own filters too. You need to pay only once, meaning it doesn’t have any extra in-app purchases or subscriptions.

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6. Lens Distortions

Lens Distortions, which is famous for its great plugins and apps for desktop devices, now has the Lens Distortions app. It makes your photos look even more realistic. The free version has five free filters, whereas the premium version has around 250.

7. ProShot

ProShot is an advanced camera app with auto and manual modes. It gives you full control over shutter speed, exposure, ISO, etc. It also has advanced features, such as time-lapse and bracketing. Using this app is almost as good as using a DSLR camera.

8. Facetune

Facetune is known as a selfie app. Its features include blurring imperfections, adjusting colours, whitening teeth, and even completely reshaping your face, which has been a hit amongst users.

9. Snapchat

Snapchat is not just a built-in social network based on photos, videos, and messages, but it’s also one of the best selfie apps. It has many fun features, but what makes Snapchat unique from other photo-sharing tools is that the received messages disappear from a phone in a few seconds, meaning personal messages are kept safe (unless someone decides to actually save your texts).

10. Instagram

The list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Instagram. The photo-sharing app with 1billion users offers you another cross-platform option. It has many editing tools and filters and a direct messaging facility. You can also use it to find photos from a broad spectrum of genres and iconic celebrities.

Apart from these, there are quite a few good photography apps made solely for either one of the popular app store platforms. Photography is a forever growing market and if you are in need of the perfect app. you’re most definitely spoilt for choice! If you have an app idea, Talk To Us today!

Tyrell Bibbiani

Tyrell Bibbiani

Social Media Marketeer

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