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Whether you are trying to capture all of the precious moments of your toddler’s life, or if you are in college and don’t want to forget a moment of the fun, smartphones have changed the way that people take and share photos. Apps like Instagram put photography at the forefront in social media, so it’s no wonder more and more people are concerned with components of photography such as subject, composition, moment, light, and impact. Although many of social media platforms have editing and filters built in to the sharing functions, there are several apps available that will make your photos even better.

Not everyone can be good at everything, which is why smartphones are so helpful in many ways. There are several photography apps to make you look like an expert, and here are some of our favorites:

#1 Pixlr

With Pixlr, you’re able to do almost anything with your photos for free. Not only can you apply effects to your photos, but then you have even more control to paint or remove them in specific areas. Once you have several photos, you can tell more of a story by incorporating them into a collage. Similarly, you are able to add text with different fonts to your photos and collages. Most excitingly, the app allows you to explore using double exposures for even more creative options. The app boasts over 2 million combinations of effects, overlays, and filters. Finally, to make things even easier, you can share directly to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter right from the platform.

Available for Android and iOS.

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#2 Fotor

Similar to other photo editing apps, Fotor allows for photo editing and sharing. What it does introduce is the opportunity to sell your photography. The app allows for photographers of all levels to connect with one another and draw inspiration from one another’s work. With this app, photographers, regardless of skill, are able to win prizes and profits. With Fotor, users can take pictures in the app using Grid, Big Button, Burst, Timer, Stabilizer, and Square options. It has been regarded very highly for both the novice and expert photographers out there.

Available for Android, iOS, and Windows.

#3 VSCO Cam

Although smartphone cameras perform with more versatility and power than ever before, they still don’t do everything. With VSCO Cam, users are able to have way more control of the photos they are taking and there is a huge community of others who share in that excitement. The camera and its superior editing tools are trusted and respected in the photography community, so the images you’re able to curate from others’ collections will help to make your work better in the long run.

Available for Android and iOS.

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#4 Facetune

Although it is marketed as an app to make your selfies better, Facetune is an excellent app for improving any photos that contain people. With its features, you’re able to make adjustments to skin, smiles, and remove blemishes (your friends will thank you). These are small changes compared to your ability to change and add hair to your subjects, or even add or reshape facial expressions. Once all the adjustments are made, you are also able to apply lighting or textures and filters to make your photos really ready to share.

Available for Android and iOS.

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#5 Darkroom

Like many of the other editing apps, Darkroom offers the ability to edit photos and apply filters. However, unlike most apps, this one allows you to do editing without importing the photos. There’s not messing around with this app. After an in-app purchase, you also have the ability to use curve, color, and tone tools. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Darkroom is the function of creating your own filters that can then be used on Instagram!

Available for iOS.

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#6 Camera51

Editing your photos after they’re taken is great for making you look like an expert, but what if your photos look amazing right away? With Camera51, users are able to use the app to automatically detect faces, scenes, objects, and lines. Then, it guides you to craft the perfect frame for your photo. For all you selfie lovers out there, it also helps you craft the perfect frame for a selfie, too.

Available for Android and iOS.

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#7 Microsoft Pix

With Microsoft Pix, anyone wielding an iPhone or iPad can take stellar pictures. The app automatically detects when there are faces present in the image and adjusts the settings to make sure everyone looks their best. Most importantly, the app takes extra photos before and after the shutter tap and then chooses the best images from the set, deleting the ones that aren’t suitable. After images are captured, the app enhances your “Best Images” and compares them with the originals. Finally, the app will capture short loops of video when interesting motions are detected. Essentially, the app makes sure you don’t miss anything worth capturing.

Available for iOS.

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Whether you’re trying to be the next Ansel Adams, or you just want to make sure you don’t miss the best poses your cat makes, photography apps can help you to make the most of your picture snapping. What are your favorite apps to use for photos? Why? Tell us in the comments!