7 Best iPhone Photography Apps

iPhone photography apps are very impressive from a technology standpoint. There are apps that seamlessly blend multiple pictures into one panoramic photo and others that include dozens of filters and special effects to create truly stunning pictures with what is a relatively low-quality camera.​

To make the most of these apps, you need great photos. Learn how to move photos from your standalone digital camera by reading How to Transfer Photos From Your Camera to Your iPhone.

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What We Like
  • Low price tag.

  • Easily print or share creations.

  • Simple, easy-to-use user interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Updates infrequently.

  • Not free.

Pocketbooth is described by the developers as “the photo booth that fits in your pocket." The app includes lots of customization, including matte vs. glossy paper, as well as sepia, black and white, or color options. It supports both back and user-facing cameras (only the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch have a user-facing camera), and you can share your photos via email, Facebook, or Twitter. It is definitely a must-have for iPhone photography fans! 

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What We Like
  • Completely free.

  • Huge social platform.

  • Updates often with improvements/features.

What We Don't Like
  • Large download.

  • Other features overwhelm the photography/editing functions.

Instagram is perhaps the most widely used iPhone photography app thanks to its powerful combination of filters and social media sharing options. With 15 built-in filters and the ability to post photos to numerous online services, as well as email them, photos created ​on Instagram are quickly becoming one of the most common sites online.

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What We Like
  • New lenses every month.

  • Fun analog controls.

  • Lots of adjustment tools and presets.

What We Don't Like
  • Costs a few dollars.

  • Seems to have some bugs/glitches.

The Hipstamatic app recreates the unique pictures of the past with a variety of lenses. The app includes three lenses, three film options, and two flash varieties. Once you get tired of those, there is a variety of 99-cent "Hipstapaks" that can be purchased directly from the app. These provide additional lenses, flashes, and films so you can create some cool retro-looking photos. Your work can then be shared via Facebook, email, or Flickr. 

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Color Splash

What We Like
  • Creates awesome photos.

  • Imports images from other websites.

  • Costs just one dollar.

What We Don't Like
  • No free options.

  • Can be harder to use than similar apps.

You can create some pretty stunning photos with the Color Splash app. The app converts a photo to black and white while keeping some parts of the image in color so they really pop. It takes a little practice to edit correctly, but a helpful red tint makes it easy to identify the borders between color and black-and-white sections. Like many iPhone photography apps, this one also supports Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter sharing.  

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camerabag iphone photo app
What We Like
  • Really easy to use.

  • Several fun, classic filters.

What We Don't Like
  • No update since 2013.

  • No social media sharing features.

CameraBag makes applying filters to your photos very easy. Choose from 14 built-in filters that mimic classic cameras like the Helga, time periods like 1974, or common effects like fisheye to create your masterpiece and then save the photo to your device or email it. A lack of sharing options, and limited filter choices compared to some competitors hold CameraBag back, but it's a simple app that makes it easy to customize photos.

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What We Like
  • Low price.

  • Simple, clean design.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't use for free.

  • Last update was in 2017.

  • Limited features.

FingerFocus offers a pretty neat trick for iPhone photographers: create blur/depth-of-field effects without a sophisticated lens. All photos displayed in FingerFocus are blurred; You draw on the screen to bring sections of them into focus.

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What We Like
  • Unique photo sharing features.

  • Huge catalog of camera styles.

  • New filters don't require additional payment.

What We Don't Like
  • Extremely outdated (last update was in 2013).

  • Unusual design and tool placement.

  • Not a free app.

Unlike some other photography apps, which have a set amount of filters or effects, Infinicam offers unlimited camera styles. The app uses different algorithms to create “billions” of unique effects. Once you find one you like, you should save it to your favorites because you might not find it again! The app also includes 18 border styles to choose from.