Alex Leiphart is back with us once again, this time sharing his five favorite photography apps for iOS. And they're all under $5 too…
The App Store is over-saturated with photography apps that claim to make your photos stand out from the others. In reality, most of them end up making your photos look worse.
I've spent countless hours downloading photography apps, and I've found five that are a must download for any aspiring iPhone photographer. And they're all under $5.
Camera+ — On Sale for $0.99
Probably the best camera app on the App Store. I absolutely love the stabilizing feature, which takes a photo when your hand is most steady.
Camera+ is great for quick edits, like white balance and exposure adjustment. It also includes cropping presets, including the golden ratio crop, which I use rather often.
The only thing keeping me away from replacing the default iPhone camera app with Camera+ is the fact that I can't set it to be the default app for when I slide on the lock screen camera icon.
Photoshop Mobile — Free
For times when you need more advanced or complex edits, Photoshop Mobile will usually fit the bill. Included are the typical edit controls like exposure and saturation, but also included are neat colorization and hue tools as well as various effects that you'd find in an app like Photo Booth.
Hipstamatic — $1.99
Probably the least complex of them all, Hipstamatic allows you to choose different vintage "lenses" that you use to take your photo. The lenses are designed to resemble those of a 35mm film camera.
One caveat to the app is that you can't import existing photos, but that's just part of the vintage experience, I guess.
Snapseed — Free
If editing photos by adjusting controls and levels isn't your strong suit, Snapseed is a great alternative. The app is bundled with many pre-made, creative filters that give that extra shine to your photos.
iPhoto — $4.99
While Apple advertises this app as being the ultimate photo editing tool for your iPhone, it really isn't. The editing controls are confusing and often misleading, but that's not where this app shines.
The single feature that I use iPhoto for, and the single feature worth buying it for is Journals. Journals is a way to organize your photos into groups – like Events on iPhoto for Mac. I've always felt like there was a lack of organization tools available in the Photos app, and Journals fills that gap.
If you have iPhoto on your iPad, your journals will sync to your iPad via iCloud for easy sharing with friends and family.