We’re not going to kid around and say that you need a DSLR or DSLM to get good shots.
It’s pretty well known that phone cameras can get you some pretty amazing shots without spending the big bucks associated with buying a camera, lens, tripod, Adobe Cloud subscription, etc., etc… But many photographers also swear by Photoshop and Lightroom to give their photographs that finishing touch, and Instagram’s filters and functionality are far from perfect. Here’s a list of our favourite phone apps that will give your photos the finished look you crave.
If you’re looking for more flexibility with filters and more precise adjustments, VSCO Cam’s got it! Not only does it have a selection of great pre-made filters, but it also offers a wide variety of photo adjustments like horizontal/vertical perspectives, clarity and sharpness, highlight and shadow exposure and one of our favourites, skin tone adjustments.
Want to do even more than what VSCO Cam offers? Snapseed offers many of the same features as VSCO Cam but with the added benefit of being able to edit select parts of your photograph. This selective editing is controlled using a selection tool and brush. And who doesn’t like the good old healing tool (J) in Photoshop? Snapseed’s got that too.
If your interest lies more in motivational captions over heart-warming landscapes, then PicLab HD might be the way to go. It allows you to layer text, illustrations and other design elements over top of your photo. Great for blog article photos, catchy Instagram photos and scrapbooking.