5 User-Friendly Photo Apps for Your Smartphone

By Chantal Bechervaise

The cameras on today’s smartphones keep on getting better and better. I often admire the photos that I see on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook that others have taken with their phones. While your smartphone camera is the most convenient camera that you probably carry around with you everywhere you go, it can be intimidating to use. Here are 5 user-friendly apps that can help you become a ‘pro’ (even if you are a novice) at taking photos and editing them with your smartphone. You can also learn about other smartphone photography tips and tricks here.


Use this app instead of your iPhone’s default camera.  With this app you can preview your photos before taking them and do some edits to them beforehand. One quick edit that is convenient is called ‘Clarity’ which will magically transform your photos into brighter and more focused ones. Other options include exposure and focus, a grid option to help compose better photos, and a photo flashlight.

Available for Apple iOS $2.99 for iPhone and $4.99 for iPad


Camera 360 Ultimate

This app is one of the most popular camera apps available. The app currently has close to 400 million users worldwide.  Camera360 has 200+ exclusive and free photo filters with multiple professional editing tools such as tilt-shift, overlay, textures etc.  Camera360 also helps you classify your photos by date for easy photo search and management.

Available for Free on Apple iOS and Android


This app is great to use for photos that you want to post on social media.  Over lets you overlay text, logos or artwork onto your photos.  It’s perfect for creating picture-quotes, adding places and names on family vacations photos, and can also be used to create some creative images and artwork for your own website or blog.

Available for Apple iOS $1.99 and Android $4.95


Aviary has basic photo editing functionality but also offers some fun editing tools such as; stickers which lets you add hats and mustaches to people in your photos; splash which lets you add a burst of color to black and white photos; cosmetic fixes which lets you fix  red-eyes, remove blemishes and whiten teeth in photos .  Aviary is basically your one stop shop for all your photo editing needs.

Available for Apple iOS and Android, Free but has in-app purchases.

Sketch Guru

Sketch Guru lets you transform any photo into various types of pencil sketches. Choose different effects such as pencil, watercolor, colored pencils, gouache and others. This is a fun app to use. You can share your creations on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, E-mail, etc.

Free versions for Apple iOS and Android

What photo apps do you use?

CBechervaise67Chantal is located in Ottawa, Ontario. She is passionate about everything related to the World of Work: Leadership, HR, Social Media and Technology. You can read more from Chantal at her TakeItPersonelly blog or follow her on Twitter @CBechervaise.


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