20 iPhone apps to help you create amazing photographs

With the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, iPhoneography, a new art form for photography was born.

Developers have been working fast and furiously to keep up with the frenzy of interest with apps that are moving photography to a new level.

In this post we’ll take a look at a number of apps available for iPhones (and iPads) that compliment the native iPhone camera and in many cases, replace it entirely.

The apps listed here enhance the experiences for both amateur and professional photographers, and provide opportunities to participate in social communities where people can share their photographs and sources of inspiration.

Have we missed your favorite app? Please share it in the comments!


1. Adobe Photoshop Express (Free)

Adobe Photoshop Express features include: capture, edit and share photos, auto timer, auto review, edit, share to Photoshop.com, Facebook and Twitpic.


2. Camera+ ($0.99 )

Camera+ features include: touch exposure & focus, stabilizer, timer, burst mode, grid and digital zoom.


3. CameraBag ($1.99)

CameraBag features include: filters, reprocess, borders and cropping, share via email.


4. Camera Plus Pro ($1.99)

Camera Plus Pro features include: photo and video capture, filters, anti shake, time lapse, geo-tag, tag, burst mode, and gridline, share via email and batch uploads to social networking sites.


5. Cool fx ($1.99)

Cool fx features include: color and black & white photographic looks, textures, simulates motion picture film stocks, editing, share via email.


6. Diptic ($1.99)

Diptic features include: ready-to-use photo collage templates, share via email, add effects, export and post directly to Facebook, Flickr or Posterous.


7. Hipstamatic ($1.99)

Hipstamatic features include: lenses, flashes and film types with the look and feel of a plastic toy camera. For more effects, additional Hipstapaks can be added. Share via email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.


8. Instagram (Free)

Instagram features include: ability to take a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter. Share instantly within the growing Instagram community, and via email, Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.


9. Iris Photo Suite ($1.99)

Iris Photo Suite features include: edit photos, use filters, custom textures and layers, share via email and Flickr.


10. Lo-Mob ($1.99)

Lo-Mob features include: capture photo or use one from your camera roll, apply various types of vintage and experimental effects, preview your photo with the desired effect, share via email, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or Twitter.


11. Magic Hour ($1.99)

Magic Hour features include: filters, ability to edit and customize filters, download additional free ones, share via email, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr and Tumblr.


12. Perfectly Clear ($2.99)

Perfectly Clear features include: automatic noise removal, image sharpening, user defined preset, photos automatically saved to resolution you set, share via email, Twitter and Facebook.


13. PhotoForge2 ($2.99)

PhotoForge2 features include: layers and masking, full resolution image editing, customizable filters, add frames and textures, share via email, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa, Tumblr and full FTP support.


14. Pic Grunger ($0.99)

Pic Grunger features include: grunge effects (e.g. scratches, scuffs, bleach marks, dirt, creases), share via email and Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.


15. Picture Show ($1.99)

Picture Show features include: emulating toy camera, multiple lens types, tiltshift lens effect, preset filters, crop, add text to photo, shuffle image, HDR filter, create own “recipe” with preset filters, share via email and Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Blogger.


16. ShakeItPhoto ($1.99)

ShakeItPhoto features include: emulating the look and sound of taking a picture with a Polaroid camera, share via email or Facebook.


17. Tilt Shift Focus ($0.99)

Tilt Shift Focus features include: take a new photo or use one from your camera roll, edit and adjust with blur-tools, create tilt-shift, miniature and zooming effects. share via email and Twitter.


18. TiltShift Generator ($0.99)

TiltShift Generator features include: create retro ToyCamera pictures—from miniature pictures to vintage style images. Share via email, Twitter and Facebook.


19. WordFoto ($1.99)

WordFoto features include: use images from new photo or camera roll, add words to create a typographic image, share via email and Facebook.


20. QuickPix (Free)

QuickPix features include: take pictures in rapid succession even while taking video, zoom, grid, tap to focus, geo-coordinates, auto flash.


Did we miss any great apps? Let us know in the comments!

  • http://www.demortalz.com Demortalz

    Loved the hulk effect

  • Anonymous

    honestly; if you want to create “amazing photographs”: Do Not Use A cellphone – use a real camera and learn how to use it.
    Don’t just shoot a picture and put filters on it

    • http://www.facebook.com/popartmaster James Clarke

      If all I wanted to do was to take “amazing photographs”, I might consider taking your advice. However, your statement does suggest that it is a foregone conclusion that no picture originating from a “cell phone” deserves the right to be classified as an “amazing photograph”. I believe that there are a few out here, myself included, that might have a differing opinion on this subject.

  • http://www.wsdbiz.co.il Moran Ofir

    The first one with Reduce noise option is just awesome, clear and sharp picture!

  • Sofus Comer

    I know its only iPAD, but niksoftware.com snapseed is awesome. I have not opened my lightroom for a while unless for pro work, cause editing photos is sweet and powerful on that.
    Love your list and love your RSS feeds.

  • Will D

    I’m glad to have a weekly reminder of how great Apple is. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/vitorhugosilva Vitor Hugo Silva

      Apple didn’t make these apps.. Apple only made the phone and its OS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.gruber2 Matt Gruber

    Great post

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sally-Dahlsten/100001963539258 Sally Dahlsten

    That’s a mighty list, I must say. My pick is Adobe Photoshop Express, without any second thoughts. Keep posting such good articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vitorhugosilva Vitor Hugo Silva

    You do know that there are a lot of designers using Android, don’t you?
    And they also take pictures with their phones..

  • Anonymous

    LensFlare is another great app for really cool effects!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jims-Daniel/100002671561225 Jims Daniel

    You can add effects to your photos at http://www.addeffects.net without installed software

  • Jim Brown

    Really the great apps and if anyone want to create amazing photographs then then these apps are really helpful.

    I really appreciate it that you shared with us such an
    informative post. Technology is very important for every one. Thanks for
    sharing this.