Five Apps You Should Download Right Now to Boost Your Phone Photography

Photo apps for photographers

When it comes to capturing that “Kodak moment,” these days people likely reach for their cell phones than a digital camera.

Smartphone apps, like Instagram, make it simple for users to edit and share cell phone photography.

For experienced photographers, there are plenty of apps that simulate the settings on a DSLR camera.

Here’s a look at five must-have smartphone apps for photographers.

1. Halide

Halide is the perfect app for traditional, DSLR-trained photographers. The app features the same controls as a DSLR, including adjustments for ISO, shutter speed, as well as a histogram to get the right exposure. The app also features a RAW + JPG capture mode and white balance adjustments. ($4.99; iPhone only)

Halide phone app

2. VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is a great app for anyone who enjoys journaling and sharing their photography with others. The app has a similar social aspect as Instagram and often is referred to as “the Instagram for serious photographers.” (Free; iPhone, Android)


3. Camera MX 

The Android-only app includes a unique feature to help you capture the right moment. The Live Shot feature records information seconds before the user takes the photo, so you can “rewind” and freeze the frame a little earlier if needed. (Free; Android only)

4. Snapseed 

Snapseed is a great app for photographers who like to fine-tune their images. The app features photo processing features for exposure, color, cropping, sharpening, and perspective correction. It also features a healing tool for removing unwanted objects from photos. (Free; iPhone, Android)


5. Camera+

One unique feature of Camera+ is the 30-second timer option (most apps include a 10-second timer). The app allows you to take control of the photograph with the ability to specify shutter speed, white balance, ISO, and manual focus. While editing photographs, you can apply multiple filters to the same image. ($2.99, iPhone only)

Camera+ app

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Anthony Vence is a Customer Content Specialist at PR Newswire. He contributes to @PRNmedia and previously worked in the newspaper industry as a news and sports editor. He also works as a freelance photographer.

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