Southern Illinois Photographic Society

Smartphone Camera Resources

At our April meeting, Jim Osborn went over a number of resources for smartphone cameras. This page collects those for easy reference.



  • Instagram (Free): This app features custom filters and you can edit photos a bit by tilting or blurring them. It offers only square photos.
  • Camera+ ($0.99): This app is very fast and has lots of advanced features, including a 6X digital zoom. You can correct saturation and exposure. There are select scene modes such as Sunset, Beach, Nighttime, and Portrait. The app comes with an intuitive interface which makes regulating parameters of your image simple. It also comes with a strong editing set for post-shot refining.
  • Snapseed ($4.99): Snapseed is possibly the most powerful iPhone image-editing app available. Snapseed makes photo editing simple and is full of features that let you do everything from selectively adjust portions of the photo, rotate/straighten, center focus to grab attention, and much more. This app was developed by Nik.
  • Adobe Photoshop Express (Free): This free app is an excellent photo editor. The app features basic and paid tools. There are many basic tools to choose from. You can manipulate color, add filters and effects, create borders and still do simple things like crop, straighten, rotate and flip photos. Although this app is free, you will need the $4.99 upgrade to get full app functionality.
  • Hipstamatic ($1.99): This photo app makes your digital photos look analog. It features 4 lenses for different effects, 3 various forms of film, 3 various forms of flash and can even order real prints and have them delivered to you right from the app. To get full use of this app additional add-on purchases are necessary.
  • Photosynth ($1.99): Photosynth is a panoramic picture stitcher. The app lets you take gorgeous wide-angle shot up to 360 degrees then you can share them on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Aviary (Free): Aviary is a photo editor with lots of different features. The app lets you enhance photos with a tap, includes gorgeous effects, stickers, color balance, crop and rotate, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and add text.
  • Diptic ($0.99): Diptic lets you quickly and easily combine multiple photos to create a new image. The app also supports filters.
  • Slow Shutter Cam ($0.99): Slow shutter cam gives your phone the slowed down effects that generally are only available on higher priced DSLR cameras. The photos come out looking amazing. Features include: innovative “freeze” control, selectable shutter speeds, exposure compensation, and tape to adjust exposure.
  • Color Splash ($0.99): Color Splash is a neat app that lets you selectively color portions of your photos. The app features Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr integration. You can choose from 4 different brushes (hard, soft-edged, opaque or transparent).
  • Incredibooth ($0.99): The app imitates the experience of a photobooth at a video arcade. You direct your camera towards yourself and your friends and Incredibooth spits out a form of a digital strip. You can save any separate photos from the strip or save the strip itself in your iPhone. It comes with 4 filters, but more filters are available for $0.99 each.
  • Camera Genius ($1.99): Camera Genius adds some cool shooting and post-shot tools. It is one of only a few apps that can time and location-stamp your images. It also lets you trigger the shutter using your voice, a timer, or when the image comes into focus.
  • Magic Hour ($1.99): Magic Hour offers a robust and flexible set of photo editing tools that allow you to create and share your own filter.
  • Pano ($1.99): Pano lets you take beautiful, seamless panoramic photos straight from your phone with no other necessary software.
  • Photogene 2 ($1.99): This updated version added a lot of new features. “Photogene is the ultimate tool for handling your iPhone photos. The app offers a wide selection of photo editing tools. No gimmicks—they actually make your photos look better.”
  • Filterstorm ($1.99): Filterstorm uses a touch interface and allows for more intuitive editing than desktop counterparts. The set of tools includes curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, unsharp masking, and black and white conversion fine tuning. It also has layering and masking tools that give you the ability to apply filters by brush, gradient, color range, and more, as well as to the whole image.
  • Dynamic Light ($0.99): Dynamic Light gives you the best and most vibrant HDR-like images of any of the mobile apps—with a single photographic image. Everything is controlled using a single dial. Rotate the dial to the right and you get the HDR look.
  • The Photographers Ephemeris ($8.99): This app helps you plan your outdoor photography, particularly for landscape and urban scenes. It is a map-centric calculator for any location on earth that lets you know how the light will fall on the land in both day and night. This app is called, “must have for any outdoor photographer.”
  • Perfectly Clear: An intelligent auto-correction app available for both iPhone and Android.
  • Vingette: This app provides 70 customizable filters and 50 frames. It also offers digital zoom, time lapse and self-timer functions. Available for Android.

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