Mobile photo editing and camera accessories

Here are links to download some editing apps and a few handy accessories to help you take create mobile phone images

 

Here's a recap of some apps I find helpful for editing photos, scroll down for Android versions

iPhone apps:

ProCam 5 – very powerful manual camera controls. Allows you to alter shutter speed, ISO and focus and white balance. Can also shoot in RAW instead of JPEG.

Also can use for video, lets you control the frame rate (possibly niche, but handy if you want to slow down or speed up footage afterwards or if you care whether you use 50 or 60fps) Can edit vertical video or take 3D photos. Can edit photos taken using the depth effect and vary the blur.  free/£5.99

VSCO  – great for editing, free version has a few creative filters, more can be purchased. Also allows colour and brightness correction etc. You can save your favourite edit recipes and then batch process several photos at once for a consistent photo style.

Snapseed - great free photo editor. Lets you make selective adjustments ie erase spots or correct brightness in one area of the photo

Lightroom CC – part of the Adobe group of apps. They’ve taken various features of Photoshop and Lightroom and split them across several apps. You can take RAW photos using the app and also preview the filters before taking the shot.

Use this for basic and creative image correction and sharpening. With a creative cloud subscription this will save your photos across all your devices. free

PS Express – image correction and some filters. Can create collages and add frames and text. free

Photoshop Mix – create double exposure effects, or just add text over your photo. Works nicely with other Creative Cloud apps, so you can start a project in one app and send it to another.

Photoshop Fix – great for retouching particularly portraits. free/ in app purchases

Over – add text or graphics, great for Instagram stories. Free, extra for more fonts or templates. free/ in app purchases

SKRWT – only does one thing, but does it well. Corrects perspective, lens distortion and straightens photos. £1.99

Studio by Pantone - Slightly niche but very pleasing. Take a photo and it selects a colour scheme from it. free/ in app purchases

Giphy Cam – record short video loops and add (crazy) effects. free

iMotion – create stop motion animations. Really simple and clever app. free

Lumyer – add a moving cinemagraph effect to still photos. Most of the effects are pretty silly and requires many in app purchases.

Slow Shutter Cam – create long exposure photos and light trails. You’ll need a tripod for best effect. £1.99

 

Android apps:

VSCO  – great for editing, free version has a few creative filters, more can be purchased. Also allows colour and brightness correction etc. Unfortunately the clarity tool is missing from the Android version, you’ll need Lightroom for that. free/ in app purchases

Snapseed - great free photo editor, usual adjustments plus a curves tool. Lets you make selective adjustments ie erase spots or correct brightness in one area of the photo. Can “expand” photos. Various filters, frames and effects. Can make a double exposure. free

Lightroom CC – part of the Adobe group of apps. They’ve taken various features of Photoshop and Lightroom and split them across several apps. Use this for basic and creative image correction, and sharpening. With a Creative Cloud subscription this will save your photos across all your devices. free/ in app purchases

Photoshop Mix – create double exposure effects, or just add text over your photo. Works nicely with other Creative Cloud apps, so you can start a project in one app and send it to another.  free/ in app purchases

Photoshop Fix – great for retouching particularly portraits. free/ in app purchases

PS Express – image correction and some filters. Can create collages and add frames and text. free. free/ in app purchases

SKRWT – only does one thing, but does it well. Corrects perspective, lens distortion and straightens photos. £1.39

 

Here are a few handy accessories to help you get more out of your phone camera

This tripod is robust and can grip onto all sorts of surfaces. You'll also need to get a phone holder, see below for a cheaper version because the Joby branded one is £26.

Here's the cheapo phone holder, comes with a mini tripod too, a bargain at £1.50

Here are some clip on lenses which are great fun, although the price reflects the quality. The macro lens is fascinating, be prepared to lose hours photographing flowers and insects. If you are ready to invest in some better quality lenses, Sandmarc do great ones, and Moment have very pricy but excellent quality lenses too.