Recommended photo editing apps

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The genres of photography, image editing, styling and sharing, being among the most popular on the iOS App Store (after platformers and games in general, of course), are becoming increasingly saturated, which makes it quite hard for both new users and seasoned iPhoneographers to pick out the good ones. Seeing this as another opportunity to help our readers out, we’ve compiled a list of fifteen of the best free apps from the aforementioned genres.This list includes apps that allow capturing, editing, styling and/or sharing photos for free, which is why we’ve left out the likes of Dotti Disposable Camera, Hipstamatic Disposable, & PopBooth mainly because the apps themselves might be free but their core purpose or majority content isn’t. Also, note that none of the following apps are iPad-exclusive, though several do have iPad variants.

Instagram
Inarguably the most popular mobile photo styling and sharing app to date, Instagram comes packed with several beautiful filters, linear and radial tilt-shift blur effects and an auto-enhancement feature called Lux, that allows you to balance the contrast, tone and color of your photos with a single tap. The app lets you share your photographic endeavors on its network, follow other users as well as view, Like and comment on photos uploaded by them.There are now more than a few Instagram spin-offs available on all major mobile platforms, but as the app was one of the first, and still is one of the best of its kind, it has a much larger and faster-growing userbase than its competitors.

Photosynth
Microsoft’s Photosynth is one of the technology giant’s better contributions to the mobile world and perhaps one of the best panorama capturing and sharing apps out there. Unlike most other panoramic photography apps, Photosynth lets you capture 360 degree panoramas on both the vertical and horizontal access, enabling the user to capture the entire environment around a point. The capturing process is extremely simple, and the results are usually without much blemishes if not flawless.


Adobe Photoshop Express

Calling Adobe Photoshop Express the “Photoshop for smartphones” would be pushing it, but it is, nevertheless, quite a handy image editing tool to have on your device. The app sports essential image editing and styling options, including basic editing tools (Crop, Straighten, Rotate & Flip), color adjustments (such as Exposure, Saturation & Contrast), filters (such as Sketch, Sharpen & Reduce Noise), filters and borders, providing you with a quick, no-fuss way to enhance your mobile photos before you share them with friends.

Piictu
Piictu is a simple app based on a unique concept that makes capturing photos all the more fun. Users from all over the world upload photos to the app’s network and reply to each others’ uploads with more photos, or piics, as they are called. So if, for instance, someone uploads a screenshot of their favorite technology blog captioned “My favorite blog. What’s yours?”, you could reply with a screenshot of the AddictiveTips homepage. Just an example, of course.Ever since Apple upped the ante with the iPhone 4 — and then blew that out of the water with the 4S — the iPhone has really taken off as a worthy alternative to a point-n-shoot camera. It’s perfect for those who want something that is both efficient and effective — something Lifehack readers yearn fro in a lot of their tech gear.There are hundreds of photo apps out there (I should know…I think I bought most of them) that take your iPhoneography to the next level. I’ve picked top 10 camera apps for iPhone, but then I realized that there is so much more to taking pictures on the iPhone than just taking pictures, so as a bonus I’ve included my top 4 favorite apps to edit and enhance photos just to round things out.

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