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Camera FV-5 The one and only thing the iPhone does better than the Samsung Galaxy is its camera; installing the Camera FV-5 gives androi...

The Best Photography Apps

Camera FV-5
The one and only thing the iPhone does better than the Samsung Galaxy is its camera; installing the Camera FV-5 gives android uses full manual control over all photographic parameters - exposure compensation, ISO, light metering mode, focus mode, white balance and program mode. With Camera FV-5 you capture the best raw photographs for post-processing without losing quality.
Download: Apple | Android

QuickPic
QuickPic provides a fluid and aesthetically pleasing gallery to view and manage photographs, videos, and gifs, both from your phone and online album services such as Flickr, Google Drive, Picasa, and Dropbox. You can group your content by time and location, hide or protect photographs with passwords, show in ascending or descending order, include or exclude folders to make scanning easier, and there's even in-built editing tools.
Download: Apple | Android


The Best Photography Apps

Snapseed
The editing capabilities of this app are incredible: auto correct, selective adjust, tune, straighten and rotate, crop, and apply various "enhancements" such as tilt-shift and center focus. You can also share your edited photographs straight from the app to pretty much anywhere including Twitter, Flickr, Google Drive, Instagram, WhatsApp, VSCO, and Gmail.
Download: Apple | Android

VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam has, by far, the best presets available that allow you to apply filters to varying degrees to your photographs creating more sleek and subtle results. Fine tuning is available with the app's editing tools while preset filters can be applied and finished photographs shared directly to the VSCO Grid, Google+, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The VSCO Grid is a thing of beauty (as is the app itself) and, if it wasn't for Instagram stealing all the attention, I'm pretty sure it would be the most popular app for sharing photographs.
Download: Apple | Android


The Best Photography Apps

Flickr
If you want to take a photograph from your computer and put it on your phone to use on Instagram without losing quality, use Flickr. The app is a lot less clunky than its web counterpart and provides a really sleek, aesthetically pleasing way of transferring photographs between technology. (Yes I am that person who uploads photographs taken with a DSLR onto Instagram, don't throw rocks at me.)
Download: Apple | Android

Lapse It Pro
Android users haven't got Hyperlapse yet.. but it doesn't matter because Lapse It Pro is, at the moment, far superior. Lapse It Pro enables you to adjust the exposure, focus, white balance, and scene modes; it has an intuitive interface; a stop motion mode; ability to schedule the capture; time lapses can be sped up to 240x and you're even able to import image sequences or pre-recorded videos.
Download: Apple | Android


The Best Photography Apps

Instagram
Although an obvious choice, Instagram is arguably the most popular photo sharing app and for good reason, the community is friendly, engaged, and hugely talented. Although other apps provide better editing tools and preset options, Instagram does have its own basic editing capabilities as well as filters and linear and radial tilt-shift.
Download: Apple | Android

Glif
Glif is a fully adjustable tripod mount and kickstand that works with pretty much every smartphone with or without a case. It's small, lightweight, easy to use, and portable. If you want to be able to take stable photographs maybe for a timelapse or burst of shots, or if you want a stand to prop up your phone while you read, the Glif is so perfect. Just watch the video and you'll be convinced (like I was) that you need this in your life.
Buy: Studio Neat

The Best Photography Apps

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  1. I just love Camera FV-5, the first time I used it on my old phone I actually gasped at the resulting picture - it was that much better than what my phone's basic camera was taking. Snapseed is fantastic too, selective adjust is so important to me! I use Afterlight as well, because I like the black + white filters and film grain effects, but I really don't think Snapseed can be beaten for editing more natural shots.

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  2. VSCO is such an amazing app! I love it, it's just a little slow on my good old (or maybe not so good anymore) iPhone 4. Will install it again when I get my new one in two weeks. I only just joined Instagram but am really loving so far!


    Jimmy | http://amsterdaily.wordpress.com

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  3. i used to have camera FV-5 a year or so but it kept crashing on my phone ..i still have the same phone, so it probably won't work. i'm due an upgrade in january so will download it again then. i currently use 'a better camera' which seems to be the best i've used on this phone.


    and yesss to quickpic! it's so, so much better than the default gallery. haven't heard of lapse it pro either, so will definitely give that a go!

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  4. Other than the usual ones and VSCO I haven't even heard of the rest! Ok my weekend just got busier! :-) Thanks for sharing this Sophie!

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  5. I used snapspeed before but VSCO has to be my favorite!

    http://thewallflowersecrets.com

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  6. Thanks for sharing these!

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  7. Very excited to read about the first app. I was looking for such a thing for quite a while now. Downloaded it straight away. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I've always wondered how people imported their DSLR photographs to their phone without quality loss. Thanks for the tips, they'll be very useful to me! However, lazy me will probably stick with VCSO cam forever.
    Elina | missblueeyes.com

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  9. No problem :)) I use Flickr to import and upload to Instagram because I often upload shots from the studio and I take those with my DSLR for the website.. so it seems pointless taking another identical photograph with my phone and having to edit two versions :))


    VSCO is amazing!

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  10. I hope you find it useful :))

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  11. I hope they were useful for you.

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  12. It's so helpful in the studio - especially for time lapses!

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  13. I think Snapseed is better for editing an image and VSCO is more useful for fine tuning it. VSCO looks wonderful but it isn't very user friendly.

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  14. I hope you enjoy using them!

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  15. I was having trouble with the default gallery "hiding" my images (they just wouldn't show up AT ALL) so I downloaded this gallery and I'm glad I did, it looks awesome.

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  16. I really enjoy the way VSCO looks, it's so beautiful. I think we all have that trouble with our phones eventually.. ;))

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  17. I've never really used Afterlight; I really like the Snapseed + VSCO combination for editing.

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  18. Thank you so much for posting an android version of this! So many posts online that focus around apple :(

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  19. Natasha De Vil3/11/2015

    This is really helpful just downloaded the VCSO cam and see how that's gonna play out and I should definitely use my Flickr account more to it's advantage. Thanks for sharing.

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