The iPhone has become a gateway for those who’ve always had an interest in photography. Touting around a DSLR is no longer the sole mark of a photographer. Another notch in the medium is a decent photo editor that’s able to do all the fancy stuff a high-tech camera can do.

All that excellent stuff can be done in the palm of your hand while waiting for your ride. Of course, we have to sift through countless photo apps to find the crème de la crème. So, let’s jump on the list of iPhone photo apps.

Best Photo Apps for iPhone

9 Best iPhone Photo Apps to Get Your Hands on Now


VSCO CAM iPhone App

VSCO stems from Visual Supply Co. During their start, they offered presets for Lightroom and Aperture, to mimic the classic look of Fuji and Kodak prints, intertwining print and digital photography. Fast forward to the present and they’ve created a top of the line photo app that is streamlined with a sleek interface. They offer a vast array of filters that mimic the look of old prints, to crisp, minimalist photography. The user can edit and adjust their photos with ease.

With VSCO, you can adjust the focus, brightness level, size, and pretty much all the basic editing tools. Though what makes VSCO standout is their filters and their subtlety. You need to play around with the app a bit to understand its tools, but once you do, you can never go back.

VSCO Cam is free on the iTunes store, but there are in-app purchases.
Download VSCO Cam


MANUAL iPhone Photo App

Manual is similar to having a DSLR compacted in a phone. The app offers Pro settings that are non-existent on the iPhone camera app. You can control shutter speed, white balance, exposure, and focus. Included in the app is a histogram and photo map in the viewfinder, to capture that perfect moment.

This camera app is for those manual adjusters, who like to control every aspect of the photo process. It also doesn’t hurt that the interface is clean and with a bit of playing around, its features will become second nature.

Manual goes for $2.99 in the iTunes store.
Download Manual


CAMERA+ iPhone Photo App

Long before Apple, Camera+ pushed through and brought the public stabilization and exposure. It offers manual ISO, shutter speed control, focus, white balance, all of those features that further enhance your artistic endeavors.

Camera+’s interface relies on familiarity and simplicity, having the same feel like the iOS interface. This makes the learning curve not so much as a curve, but a hump plus there are lots of options to toggle and customize when it comes to features.

Camera+ goes for $2.99 in the iTunes Store.
Download Camera+


FADED iPhone Photo App

Faded, like VSCO Cam, prides itself on its filters, but it also has a multitude of features. You can overlay photos, colors, and patterns with blending modes. There is 12 pro level adjustment features. When you open the app’s camera, it features separate focus and exposure points, as well as live manual exposure. Of course, there are plenty of filters and after-effects to your heart’s content.

Faded’s interface is very, very similar to VSCO Cam’s interface. They have that same minimalist feel as well.

Faded goes for $0.99 in the iTunes Store.
Download Faded


NIXPLAY iPhone Photo App

The Nixplay photo app is an extension of their digital picture frames, which are HD photo displays. The app has a sleek, minimalistic interface, the home screen giving you the option to take a photo or choose from your camera role. After you’ve taken a picture or picked one, you’re able to add a caption, sharing it instantly.

Of course, you can add filters and make adjustments on other editing apps, displaying your art in one of their frames.

Nixplay is free in the iTunes Store.
Download Nixplay


PROSHOT iPhone Photo App

ProShot, in their live camera, offers similar features as that of a DSLR. The app has a dual dial system in the top right corner in camera mode, where you can change modes with a swipe of a thumb. On the bottom of the screen is a drive mode dial, where you can change the shooting mode.

There’s also a manual mode, for those who enjoy greater control of their images, which includes ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. ProShot also can capture light trails with their light painting feature. You can obtain that abstract composition of moving vehicles and the blur of lights, which is included in their live camera.

ProShot goes for $3.99 in the iTunes Store.
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SNAPSEED iPhone Photo App

Snapseed has a fabulous interface that is swipe based. It also has a feature that allows you to blur out certain parts of an image instead of the whole. With swiping rectangles at the bottom of the screen, you’re able to adjust the brightness, contrast, and color. The interface, as a whole, is very easy to use.

You also have the option of various filters and after-effects to punch up your image and the ability to use a tilt shift, which is an option seen on expensive camera lenses.

Snapseed is for free in the iTunes Store.
Download Snapseed


FOCUS iPhone Photo App

Focus, like Snapseed, uses the bokeh effect, which is choosing an object and highlighting or blurring it out. You can also adjust the white balance when the camera is live. The app also features Fill Flash: when you take a picture, the negative aspects that flash will not appear with this feature.

With Focus, you can adjust shutter speed and exposure compensation. There’s also a live light meter when you’re taking your shots. The other neat thing about this app, it’s also compatible with the Apple Watch.

Focus goes for $1.99 in the iTunes Store.
Download Focus

#9. Instagram

Instagram iPhone App Icon

A classic, for a reason, it’s simple. Now, there aren’t as many features compared to others on this list, but for those casual photographers or for those who want to take baby steps, this is a great start. There are plenty of filters to use from, and you can now adjust their intensity.

You can also adjust the brightness of your photos, contrast, tilt shift, tones, and can sharpen an image. Instagram has been beefing up their editing features to keep up with their competitors, and it’s not bad stuff.

Instagram is free in the iTunes Store.
Download Instagram

Now, go! Gather your phone, download your apps, aim, and shoot. Snap pictures until your thumb goes numb, but it will be worth it. You’ll be just like the pros.

About Author: Brittany Torano is a creative writer and writes content on behalf of the digital photo frame experts at Nixplay. On her down time you can see her swimming laps in a pool, running around her neighborhood, or holed up in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn. You can connect with Brittany on LinkedIn.

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