5 Apps That Android and iPhone Photographers Must Have

The technology inside our little smartphone cameras is pretty awesome. The reason why point-and-shoot cameras have become obsolete are due to these little handheld cameras-computers. The images and videos we take with our smartphones, for the most part, are pretty good by themselves and left alone. But if you are one who likes to do little tweaks here and there or love to app stack and create pieces of digital art, you need to have a good stable of photography apps in your mobile darkroom.

The longtime leader in mobile photography has been the iPhone. It is the first of all the smartphones to recognize that the camera would become one of the best parts of having a device. We owe that vision to Steve Jobs, for sure. Tides have started to change recently, though. The king of mobile photography is starting to take a backseat to Android phones. Samsung (S7) and HTC (HTC 10) have both blown the doors open on their cameras and are now tied for the best glass, according to DXO Mark. Throw in the idea that Android phones have always been the most bought ​smartphone device, and you have the formula for dethroning the king.

What iPhone had that set it ​apart was its app ecosystem. The app ecosystems for Android have now completed its act of dethroning. Androids are now able to shoot in RAW. Apps that were the most popular in Apple's App Store are now available in Google Play and are now able to edit these RAW files. Endgame. Sorry, Apple.

So, Android photographers, here are those apps that you must have in your mobile darkroom.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

[Price: Free]

Adobe is the longtime leader for desktop photo and video editing. Lightroom for Android was just recently released announcing its changes: RAW support and nondestructive editing via its cloud and desktop application. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account, your phone photos can be edited on both your mobile and desktop. More »

Google

Snapseed

[Price: Free]

Snapseed is a Google app but was an iOS app before that. Since its release, it has been everyone's favorite app and is definitely a ​must-have. This app was the first on Android to support the RAW photos editing. The "tune image" and basic editing is very good. Its use of sliders and one-touch enhance tools makes this app one of the easiest to use. For as long as I have had it, it has always been truly free. No in-app purchases and extra pricing also make this a mobile photographer's best friend. More »

SKWRT

SKRWT

[Price: In-App Purchases]

I absolutely love this app. I recently questioned on Instagram if anyone knew of any good perspective correction apps in the Google Play store. Luckily someone responded with SKWRT. I totally forgot that this awesome app was also out for Android. Quickly, if you need an app that can remove the distortion that our smartphone camera lenses show (most evident in architectural and symmetrical images), then SKRWT is for you. More »

VSCO Cam

[Price: In-App Purchases]

Originally a film-emulsion emulator add for the desktop Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture, VSCO Cam has quickly taken over mobile photography with its easy-to-use app. VSCO Cam has also helped define the aesthetic of mobile photography. It has a strong community of photographers who share their best work on the platform. VSCO Cam is really quick to learn and flexible for Android shooters to use to give pop to their images. Also a plethora of filters are available to slap on your images. More »

AfterLight

[Price: $.99]

Speaking about filters, Afterlight has just so much to help you pretty up your photos. It probably has the biggest selection of filters, with almost 60 total. Also you can get some combinations from the community, which is an added bonus in finding some good filters from others. Throw in even more ​textures per filter, and you have an endless amount of options.   More »

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