Installing the right apps on your iPhone will take your pictures to the next level. No matter what effect you want, these four apps for editing photos will help.
Price: $.99, in-app purchases available
Afterlight is a fairly basic app that gets the job done. Despite its small size, it comes with a wealth of tools, including:
15 adjustment tools
Over 10 frames
Most of these are simple effects that you have probably seen elsewhere. Others, though, stand out as something you rarely find in such an inexpensive app. For instance,Â Afterlight has a Double Exposure tool that will give you more creative control over your pictures. With Double Exposure, you can include two images in the same photograph, giving you new opportunities to make artistic images.
If you want extra features, you can purchase in-app packs for just 99 cents each.
ProCamera has the high upfront price of the apps on this list, but it comes with a lot of features that will help you take and edit photos that you are proud to share.
The base version of ProCamera comes with Exposure Swipe Control, Manual Focus, and Live Editing.
Exposure Swipe Control makes it simple for you to adjust the amount of light exposure for your pictures. This comes in handy when you’re snapping photos in bright light or dark spaces. Instead of letting your pictures get obscured by too little or too much light, you can quickly make adjustments.
Manual focus may seem like a basic feature, but it isn’t present in all photo editing apps. This gives you greater control over what your pictures look like. You probably won’t use it much when taking selfies, but it is indispensable when trying to take close-up pictures with large backdrops.
Live Editing is also a great feature that lets you see how your pictures look before you save them. That way, you can make small adjustments and send them to your friends immediately. You don’t have to take time out to edit them on a desktop or laptop computer.
Price: Free, in-app purchases available
The basic (free) version of Darkroom is a perfectly serviceable photo editor. If you want to adjust lighting and add filters, Darkroom has the features you want.
The app doesn’t get great, however, until you take advantage of its in-app purchases. There are about half a dozen additions that you can make. If you only choose one, add the Curves upgrade for about $3.99.
Curves gives you the ability to take more control of your images. Once you add Curves, you can adjust shadows, midtones, and highlights just by swiping your finger. You can also manipulate RGB channels to get the perfect color balance.
This is the kind of control that you would normally expect from a desktop program like Photoshop. With Darkroom, you have it all right in the palm of your hand.
There aren’t many apps that can take advantage of the depth and color offered by the iPhone 6s Plus’s iSight camera. Darkroom is certainly one of the few.
If you are looking for a free app that will help make your photos look more professional, then EyeEm is a great option. Offering a handful of filters, however, wouldn’t put EyeEm on this list. There areÂ two features that you rarely find in other apps andÂ that make it one of the best iPhone apps for editing photos.
First, it’s a strong community of amateur and professional photographers. If you want feedback and support, other people using EyeEm are happy to help.
Second, EyeEm gives you a marketplace where you can sell your photographs. You don’t need a photography degree or a bunch of gallery shows to qualify. You just need to take some photographs that interest other people.
So not only is EyeEm free, it can help you earn some extra money.
There are plenty of apps that promise to help you take better photos with your iPhone. As long as you start with these four, you can start improving the quality of your pictures today.