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The Best Smartphone Apps for Taking and Editing Photos

You may have the best marketing strategies in the world, but if you have lousy pictures on Instagram you shouldn’t expect to hold anyone’s attention. In one second they’ll glance at your posts and leave, perhaps never to return.

Step up your Instagram game by creating an impressive feed with irresistibly clickable images. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a professional photographer or hire one to take extraordinary photos. You’ll only need your smartphone, and some experience with any of the apps below.

There are many photo editing apps you can use to take great looking photos for Instagram. Below, we’ve compiled some of the best photo and video apps to help you survey your options. Check them out!

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Camera +

You can make the built-in camera on your phone even better by using Camera +.

This phone camera tool is great for amateur and beginner photographers because of its manual controls on shutter speed, digital zoom, white balance, and more. It also has a separate lock for focus and exposure so you can focus on one scene and add exposure to another in a single frame. Using the Camera + on your phone is like using a DSLR with all its capabilities, less the bulk.

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Don't forget to try the editing features and filters for a perfect Instagram photo! Using the right filters is scientifically proven to result in higher engagement and views, and they're used by many marketers as a way to gain more followers.

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Camera FV-5 Lite

Camera FV-5 Lite is another photo app that lets your phone camera compete with a DSLR. With this app, you can play with features like ISO, focus mode, shutter speed, exposure, and white balance. It's also great for capturing fast-moving subjects.

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Snapseed is another popular photo editing app that's easy to use with its all-touch feature. You just have to tap on any object on the photo to change the brightness, contrast or saturation level without changing the other elements of the entire photo. Snapseed is the perfect addition to Instagram's own filters.

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Aviary is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to creatively edit photos. If you're looking for photo editing tools that allow you to put text overlays or stickers on your images, Aviary is the one.

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Aviary also features exposure effect, focus, blur, frame addition, and more.


Afterlight has a very simple design and classic photo editing tools like brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation, shadows, highlights, and more. It also offers a huge selection of filters and has a neat Fusion tool that allows you to combine and blend filters together.

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VSCO is one of the most popular photo editing apps, known for its simplicity and powerful editing capability.

It is easy to use with its clean interface, yet it has innovative presets and filters that can transform your photos instantly. It has a lot of filters and feature controls for tools like crop, tint, grain, saturation, contrast, exposure, and more.

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Is it a black and white photo app you're looking for? Try BLACK, an iOS app that alters your photos with a film-noir feel.

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It's easy to create dramatic photos with this black and white film emulator app. Just swipe left or right to choose the filter you want.

There are preset filters like Kodak TRI-x 400, Ilford HPS, and others. You can adjust shadows and apply a fade tool or contrast with a curve tool. You can also manipulate the monochromatic tones, or choose to darken the image corners only and apply vignette filters.

Color Pop

If you want one part of your photo highlighted in color while the rest in black and white, Color Pop may be the app you're looking for.

With Color Pop, you can turn boring scenes into stunningly dramatic photographs you'll be proud to post. You simply have to select the parts of the picture you want in full color and the app automatically makes the rest in black and white.

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Perfect365 works like virtual makeup, and is perfect for makeup brands and all selfie-lovers.

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Edit your selfies with this app, like Kim Kardashian and sisters are reportedly doing before posting their pictures on Instagram. You can apply blush and lipstick, remove dark spots on your face or craft well-defined eyebrows. You can also use preset filters and recreate hundreds of makeup looks that professionals like Laurel DeWitt, Tiffany Tong, and others have created to get you looking perfectly polished.


Hyperlapse is one of the best video editing apps you can use to create cinematic videos you can share on Instagram stories or elsewhere on the Internet.

Hyperlapse can speed up or slow down parts of videos, and is good for a wide variety of content. That includes how-to videos, cooking videos, or house construction videos. Your imagination is the limit.

Hyperlapse is also a solid video app because of its image-stabilization software. It removes shaky frames and creates a smooth video that looks like it's been recorded by more expensive gear.

Hyperlapse is an iOs app only but Android users can use alternatives like Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile.


PicStitch is your answer to beautiful photo collages that are extremely easy to make. Post several pictures all at once by making a wonderful collage of your favorites. Choose from over 200 templates and start consolidating four photo posts into one right now.

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Experiment with Tadaa's Colorshift feature which can add layover colors in your photo, or explore the Distort feature that can add a fisheye lens effect and boost your Instagram photos instantly.

Tadaa also has preset filters and editing tools for clarity, brightness, perspective, and more.

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Priime lets you recreate the creativity of your favorite photographers. It boasts a set of personalized filters created by top photographers in the industry. Each filter comes with a handy guide on the best occasions for using it, including the name of the photographer who created it.

Don't worry if you can't find something you like, because this app also comes with basic editing functions like brightness, contrast, warmth, and more.

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Good food photography matters. Just ask followers of Martha Stewart. So, if you're looking for a simple yet reliable food photo app you can use, you should try Foodie.

Foodie is so easy to use, there are even photos of foods like ice cream and steak on the suggested filters to help you pick the right one for your meal.

There are 31 filters you can use, with names like Yum, Tropical, Sweet, and more. They're all designed to help you make amazing food photos in one click, making it easy to avoid the distasteful food disasters of Martha Stewart.

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Ready to take your photos?

Sometimes, creating some beautiful photos is all it takes to increase your engagement and reach on Instagram. With these apps, it will be easy to create fascinating photos of professional quality, even if you're no professional.

So explore some of these apps or even try them all! We hope your search for the best app to use on Instagram ends here.

Have fun!

Date: August 29, 2017 / Categories: Guide, / Author: Chell


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