The camera on the Apple iPhone has the ability to capture extraordinary image quality and virtually as much photo detail as a professional camera can, making it arguably the number one ideal platform for developers of free photo apps.
Why not spice up your iPhone photos with some different effects, filters or editing techniques? Some of the very best photo apps are exclusively available only on the iPhone, so it’s easy for iPhone users to create and enhance beautiful photos with just a few taps of the touchscreen.
Every iPhone owner should have the Instagram app installed, at least so you can share your photos with your friends. Instagram comes with a wide range of vintage filters and optional borders that can be instantly applied to any photo, adding a nice touch to every photo you share with other Instagram users as you gather more followers. Instagram photos can be shared on the Instagram website or directly posted to your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or on other social media sites.
Among all the nifty photo apps available and the convenience of taking high quality photos with your iPhone, Snapseed has to be one of the top options out there. This one uses simple touchscreen gestures -- like pinching or scrolling side to side -- to easily make just the right type of adjustment to your photo. It's glorious on the iPad, and has every editing feature you need to totally transform your photos into a professional looking piece of art. You can share directly from Snapseed to social networking sites after you've made all the finishing touches.
Yahoo's very own Flickr app for iPhone has been updated with some pretty amazing features as of late. In some ways, it even tops Instagram. Most people know that Flickr is a photo-based social network already, but only recently has the app been updated with a sleek new design and a suite of powerful new photo-editing and enhancing features. You get one full terabyte of storage, so uploading full resolution photos isn't a problem. If you're into professional photography and sharing it with your friends, Flickr is definitely worth a try.
Snapbucket was created by Photobucket. It allows you to snap a picture, choose a style, and share it with all your friends. The Snapbucket interface and styles are similar to Instagram, where you can choose from a variety of filters like sunrise, film, ghost, antique, 70s and several others. Create sets, make special effects, choose vignettes, and apply different frames to all your photos before sharing them on Facebook, Twitter or by email.
Adobe Photoshop is already one of the leading pieces of desktop software for photo editing, and now you can edit photos right on your iPhone with Photoshop too. Use simple gestures to quickly edit your photos by cropping, straightening, rotating and flipping any image. Adjust the color settings by changing the exposure, saturation, tint or contrast and apply a variety of sketch, soft focus or sharpening filters. Make use of the one-touch filters that are included in this app, and then share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more when you're happy with the result.
If you’re looking for more of a modern art style, Picture Effect Magic can give your iPhone photos a high-quality pencil or paint drawn effect instantly. This app has one of the most extensive selections of effects to choose from. Effects include sepia, black and white, mirror, swirl, neon light, rainbow, emboss, and so many more. As a bonus, you can add objects to your photos like butterflies or flowers, and you can even adjust the color and brightness settings all within the app itself. Share them to Facebook, Flickr or by email when you're done.
This is an incredible photo app that allows you to take a photo and gray out everything in the image except for a selected person or object so that it stands out in vivd color. If you want, you can also change the color of something entirely. Make your hair green, an apple blue, or a cat pink. If you don’t like what you see, Color Effects has multiple levels of undo, so you can experiment over and over again until you get the colors you like. Import photos directly from Facebook, zoom in for extra detail and then share your photos again on Facebook with your friends.
It’s nearly impossible to take a panoramic shot with the iPhone camera alone, but the Photosynth app actually allows you to take several photos so you can stitch them together almost flawlessly, creating one beautiful photo. With an instinct of its own, the app actually takes the photo for you once you’ve lined up the camera lens properly, making it easy for nearly anyone to use. Photosynth has a whole bunch of new social features that not only let you share to other social networks, but also allow you to like, share and comment on photos within the app and even build your own personal news feed.
GLMPS is not your average photo editing app, but it adds quite a unique touch to any iPhone owner’s app collection for photo taking When you snap a photo through this app, the app captures just a few seconds before the photo is taken, giving it an amazing mixture of photo and video combined. With this app, you can relive the moments that led up to that photo in video format so you can enjoy them whenever you want, and then share them across all your favorite social networks.
Airbrushing isn’t just for magazines and professional models anymore. Now you can airbrush your friends, family and even yourself, straight from your iPhone with moreBeaute2. This app is great for brightening, lightening, and smoothing the color and texture of your skin in just two easy steps. Simply load up the photo in the app, adjust the brightness, smoothness, detail and tone of your skin to instantly transform your appearance. Share it when you're done.