Best Photo Apps To Download Now
Best Photo Apps To Download Now

by Susan Marque

I’m a professional photographer, and even for me it can be daunting to know which apps will help me get better photos.

After researching, I found a bevvy of apps that can make you look like a pro in minutes. Use them alone or do some app stacking, because they are easy to learn.

Camera +

Camera + is the perfect camera app upgrade.

If you want images that look more professional than your average smartphone shots, with the same simplicity that you are used to, this app’s for you. Adjust focus and exposure separately by simply pulling them apart with your fingers and setting them where you want to. Camera + has editing features, a stabilizer (to reduce shaking), and does excellent macro photography (extreme close-ups).

Cost: $2.99/$4.99.

Pro Camera 8

Pro Camera 8 is an even more advanced camera app with built-in editing tools. If you are used to a DSLR and want greater exposure controls, HD shooting, and even night shooting features, this camera app will do that for you. You have full manual functions along with an anti-shake feature, video shooting ability and a simple editing tool.

Cost: $4.99.


Snapseed by Google is a great camera editing tool for either IOS or Android. Professional photographer Keith Barraclough says that he uses it to edit photos on the fly, which look just as topnotch as his work created with desktop applications.

Cost: Free.


Pixlr puts professional editing power at your fingertips. With a straightforward interface you can do edits with a finger or a stylus. Blur backgrounds, add text (great for cards and movie posters), and apply a variety of filters and overlays from vintage, to bokeh, or light painting.

Each category has many options within for endless creativity. It offers plenty of borders too.

Cost: Free.


TouchRetouch might seem redundant with all of the other available tools, but this is a must-have app to quickly and easily remove unwanted objects from your photos. You can zap out a person, fix a background, or just erase the elbow or wine glass that ruined your frame.

It works smoothly with one-button editing and clone stamp features. It is simple enough for a beginner and powerful enough for pros to love.

Cost: $1.99.

These days there’s no reason to get annoyed at un-centered, out-of-focus, backlit photos — any one of these apps gives you professional level, creative power, right at your fingertips.


Susan Marque got her M.F.A. in creative writing from The New School, writes for magazines, television, and is currently working on a memoir. She is also a healthy food expert, loves both food and tech, and all things photo related.  Her photo art has sold in Beverly Hills and London.

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