Advanced mobile technology has enabled us to get the most out of our smartphones and tablets. Besides sending SMS, calling and browsing, smartphones can now be used instead of digital cameras. Many tablet owners also use their devices to take pictures. While these gadgets cannot really compare to the top spot in terms of photo quality and shots and SLRs, there are apps that allow users to find more pictures than usual.
Here are seven apps that smartphone and tablet users can use to improve their photo experience. Applications are divided according to their functions or main features.
Organizing and Filtering Applications
The most popular photo apps are those used for editing and / or filtering pictures. These apps give everyone the chance to find a photo they can be proud of.
1.Instagram (Android, iOS)
Probably the most popular photo editing app on the market, Instagram is preferred by many smartphone and tablet users as it is multifunctional. Besides letting you take pictures, filter or add effects, this app also acts as a social network. You can easily send and share your photos to your friends and followers. You can link your Instagram account with your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Instagram has filters (both custom and standard ones) that are the simplest to use. Filters let you add special effects to your photos to give them more depth. You will also find the "selective focus droplet" quite useful.
Instagram can be accessed via a computer as well as a smartphone and tablet.
iPhone users take square photos using the digital photography application Hipstamatic. Photos can then be edited to look rustic, as if taken using an antique type of camera. This is possible due to software filters and effects. The app has three types of flash, four lenses, and three types of film to choose from. Additional effects can be purchased if you are not satisfied with the free ones.
People who like analog-like photos use Hipstamatik.
3. Snapseed (iOS and Android)
Released in 2011 as Snapseed Mobile for iPad, this photo app allows users to edit part or all of the picture. Easy to use: It has an auto correction function that can work wonders on your photo's brightness, contrast, color, texture and other similar important elements of the photo. There are also filters and effects to choose from.
Snapseed allows you to upload your photos to Google+. However, you will have to spend some dollars on it because it is not free like other photo editing apps.
Backup or Alternative Camera Applications
If you want an alternative to your smartphone's standard camera, you need to find a good backup camera app. Here are two of them.
4. Camera + (iOS)
Camera + for iPhone and iPad is the ultimate backup camera for iOS users. It offers a variety of features that will make your photography experience a success. Its most exciting feature is Touch Exposure and Focus, giving you complete control over how your photo should turn out. Should it be as dark as night or as bright as day? You will have the freedom to adjust focus and exposure separately.
What's more, you can choose different shooting modes (such as burst and point-and-shoot) and then enhance your photos just by tapping with your finger. Like Snapseed, it doesn't come free.
5. Pudding Camera (Android)
The camera switching phone app of Android is Pudding Camera. Featuring nine quality camera types and eight films, this app allows you to take photos with different effects. You can take action shots using a retro film or take a panoramic shot with an old film.
Pudding Camera doesn't have a video feature, but it's free, so it's definitely worth a try.
Other Photo Apps for Your Smartphone and Tablet
There are a variety of apps that offer features like photo collages and panoramic cameras. Here are each of them:
6. PhotoGrid (iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8)
PhotoGrid is an application used specifically for photos on Instagram. It allows users to create a variety of collages that they can share not only on Instagram but also on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Picasa and among others.
You can choose from different modes, collage styles, and frames or grids. It's easy to rearrange photos in a grid: just shake your phone! Other add-ons include stickers, decorative backgrounds, and fonts that you can use to add text to photos.
7.360 Panorama (iOS and Android)
Take panoramic photos of your favorite scenes with the 360 Panorama app. What makes this program great is that it processes photos in real time! This means you will see your panoramic shot open as you take a photo. No need to wait for every frame to be processed.
Like most photo apps on this list, 360 Panorama allows sharing on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. You can also email your photos to others.
These are the seven best photo apps for smartphones and tablets. They may not make your iOS or Android images look as great as SLR photos, but they will definitely make you a photography fan. Try it now and you will have a more exciting photography experience!