Best photography android apps 2012


Who needs a big, bulky camera anymore? Today’s Android devices are getting to the point where they are comparable to point-and-shoot cameras. If you’re a casual shutterbug, your Android device can take some pretty amazing photos; there are some great applications out there to help enhance your camera and the photos that you take. The default Camera app on Android is okay if you’re into boring, lifeless photos. Camera apps these days can enhance your pictures with advanced controls that you once could only find in professional (and often expensive) photo-editing software like Photoshop. They’re great to use whenever you need to take a quick picture and touch it up.

There are a lot of apps out there to enhance your Android’s camera and create some stunning pictures. We’re only going over the top 10 of my personal favorites; there are many more beyond these. Obviously, some of these applications aren’t compatible with some Android devices, but we’ve done our best to pick out ones that hit most of the devices.

Pixlr-o-matic (FREE)
If you want to get that retro look to your photos, look no further than Pixlr-o-matic. The primary goal for the application is to offer up different effects specifically geared toward making your photos look aged — like they came from an old school camera. There are many different types of effects to pick from to make your photos pop and enhance their aged appearance. The app also includes Facebook sharing features to show off to your friends your old-looking vintage images.

PicsArt — Photo Studio (FREE)
If you need to add a little art to your photo, maybe some custom frames or stickers, PicsArt is the app to look to when editing a photo. It includes all of the standard photo application editing effects like sharpening, contrast control, white balance, and more. If you feel especially artsy, there’s a mode to draw on the picture itself. When you’re all done, it’s just a couple clicks shy of sharing to your favorite social media website or to a cloud storage location like Dropbox.

Cartoon Camera (FREE)
Sometimes you may feel a little cartoonish and want to express those feelings through pictures. Cartoon Camera turns any picture that you take into a little cartoon. The effects are real-time so you can play around with those different effects to see what suits the scene the best. The application comes with six different effects: cartoon, color drawing, sepia, white strokes, dark strokes, and colored edges. All the effects are unique in their own way and can be customized further when sharpening edges. with a simple tap, you can turn your real-life world into a little cartoon paradise.

PicSay — Photo Editor (FREE)
If you’re looking to spice up your photos, take a look at this photo editor that will give your photos an extra kick. The app lets you make different edits to the photo such as distortion, color-correction, speech bubbles, titles, graphics, and even more effects. If you want to add some fun to your photos, check out PicSay and spice them up.

Adobe Photoshop Express (FREE)
The power of Photoshop has been brought to the mobile platform; you can get a lightweight version of this standby to spruce up and share your photos. The application uses touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add effects. If you have account, you can access everything stored on that account. When you’re done editing, you can quickly share with family and friends and even with the world. One unfortunate requirement is that you must have an SD card to use it.

Paper Camera ($1.99)
If you’re looking for the original creative look with photo and video recording, check out Paper Camera. The application takes pictures and, as an added bonus, records video with the creative effect and plays back smoothly. There are many effects to pick from: cartoon, sketch, comic book, half-tone, noir, neon, and the list goes on. This paid app is jam-packed with effects for your enjoyment so you can be creative when taking pictures. The application is very well put together and easy to navigate. The app makes it easy to change effects quickly and the button positions aren’t too far out of reach.

Adobe Photoshop Touch ($9.99)
If you’re looking for more than just the free Adobe Photoshop Express app, you need Adobe Photoshop Touch. The application beings the core features of Adobe Photoshop into a touch-based environment where you have more options to create and edit photos easily. Photoshop Touch is designed for tablets for editing photos on a large surface area. The application supports photos up to 1600 x 1600 in size and doesn’t lag the slightest bit with the maximum photo size brought into the app and modified. When you’re done creating your photo, you can sync it with your Adobe Creative Cloud account to access it anywhere.

Retro Camera Plus ($2.99)
It seems like old-looking photos are all the rage these days; Retro Camera Plus is possibly one of the best paid camera applications that I’ve found that takes some amazing and high-quality photos. The application comes with five distinct camera options with different levels of effects and changes. If you want an application that’s reliable and packed with features, give this app a download.

Camera ZOOM FX ($2.99)
One of the most fully featured and jam-packed applications that you can find out there has to be Camera Zoom FX. This app has DSLR-like controls with the ability to tweak things like white balance, auto-focus controls, nightshot, and more. The app features things like effects and sharing to multiple social media services. There are too many features to even describe in this short little review of the app. The app also has a growing extension database with addon packs of effects and features.

Photo Grid (FREE)
For the more artistic photo taker who likes to jam pack their photos, try Photo Grid, which lets you put multiple photos into a grid formation to help tell a story. Photo Grid puts your photos into a customizable collage to export and share with social media services. When you import photos into the application, you can zoom and rotate images in the grid to make them fill the grid with what you want to see. When you’re all done, you can export them and import them into your favorite sharing services (though there is no way right now to export directly to a service from the app itself).

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