Time for this year's list of my favorite iPhone Photography Apps. My list changes a bit each year when new apps are added to Apple's App Store and as old apps are updated and changed. So (drum roll) here are my favorite dozen for 2018.
1. Instant - I have tried quite a few apps that imitate old Polaroid cameras. This is a new one for me. I like it because of it's simplicity. It also has the Polaroid sound, a larger border at the bottom for a caption and filters for intensity, vignetter, emulsion and grain.
2. TaDaa is also a new app to my list. It is a good, easy editing app, but mostly I like it because of its borders.
3. WordSwag - Pronto and Typorama have been my go-to font apps for quite awhile. However lately I have been using WordSwag a lot. It has fun, graphic fonts that give my photos a bit of whimsy.
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4. ColorStory is a rather addictive filter app. I like it because it has a lot of bright, pastel, playful filters. It comes with basic filters and effects and then you can purchase more. ColorStory seems to add new filters fairly often. Most of the packs are $1.99 or $2.99. This is a fun one.
5. Enlight - You might have seen Enlight around as it is a pretty popular app and I have had it on my favorites list before. This is a pretty hardcore editing app with a bit of a learning curve. But it has some very handy tools for improving your photos.
6. Hipstamatic is my most used app and is on every one of my favorite apps lists. I have even written an e-book to explain how it works, to give examples of my favorite combinations of lenses, film and flashes and to include links and resources for the large Hipstamatic communities online.
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7. Canva is a terrific app for making posters and images for social media and blogs. You also can create flyers, invitations, greeting cards, business cards, album covers, YouTube art and more. There are lots of free templates and others that you can purchase. All are customizable. It's easy to use and can add a professionally designed look to your graphics.
8. Quickshot - This is a fairly new app from Enlight. It has decent editing tools, but what I like most is the "Strobe" feature. It is a really fun way to capture movement, whether it is kids, pets, sports or just fast action.
9. Diptic is another app that is always on my favorite lists. It is an easy way to make collages and to tell a visual story. The graphic in this post was done in Diptic. Hardly a day goes by when I am not using it for something - especially social media.
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10. Skwrt is my go-to app when an image I have photographed has a problem with perspective. You know, like those times when you photograph a tall building from below and the top of the building looks like the point of a triangle. Skwrt does a great job of straightening those lines and edges so that they are parallel.
11. Wacopix - I have used the Waterlogue app for years to achieve a watercolor effect. However lately I have been playing around with the Wacopix app. It has some fun watercolor looking options.
12. Formulas is the app I now use most often to add texture to an image. It is especially useful if you want a vintage or grunge effect.
If you would like to learn more about iPhone Photography apps,
I just released the 2018 iPhoneography Wow! ebook.