20 iPhone apps to help you create amazing photographs

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July 18, 2011

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 )


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

3. CameraBag ($1.99)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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!

Debbie Hemley

Debbie is a blogger and social media aficionado. She works with businesses to develop content and social media strategies. Read her blog posts on All the News. You can also follow Debbie @dhemley and on Google+.

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