Five of the best photography apps...

14th June 2013

The best camera is the one you have with you. And if you are anything like me, that's probably the camera on your phone. 

Since I became an iPhone convert 2 years ago (sorry Blackberry), I've taken an average of 2000 photos a year with my phone and share around a quarter of them. That's around 5 and a half photos a day or ten times the number I took with my SLR or compact. 

I've downloaded more apps than I can count, but when it comes to partaking in a bit of iPhonography, there are a few go-to apps that I use over and over again.

Camera +  (iOS) I take almost all photos with this app. You can select different areas of the image for the exposure and the focus. The app contains a wide range of editing options, but Clarity is my favourite. For low light conditions, the Clarity filter can completely transform your image.

Instagram (iOS and Android) Fun filters and easy sharing (now owned by facebook). It's now even easier to follow your friends or stalk your favourite celebs. If your friends aren't being interesting enough, you can always check out what Jamie Oliver's kids had for breakfast or what Oprah Winfrey is growing in her garden.  It has 100 million monthly users and even a parody song on YouTube, Look at this Instagram.

Snapseed  (iOS and Android) A fun and easy photo editor (which was purchased by Google last September). The tilt-shift effect is especially cool. Here's a tilt-shift of the Google London headquarters.


Diptic (iOS and Android) Combine multiple photos into one image and easily share. There are endless layouts and other features to choose from to make your photo collage.

Vine (iOS and Android) Not strictly photography, but oh so fun.  Users create and post 6 second videos which play on a loop. This app has been snapped up by Twitter recently and the android version was release a few weeks ago. There are plenty of very clever videos to look through, but I particularly like the #Woodman series.

Don't forget to create a photo book to showcase your mobile images.