Essential Photography Apps for this Festive Season

| 12 December 2012

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With the festive season about to start, most people will be snapping away those special moments on a smartphone.

Today’s smartphone cameras take incredible photographs. Most high end mobile devices come standard with an 8 MP camera. Most of those devices can shoot video in HD.

The problem with taking pictures with a phone is that sometimes they do not take great photographs in low light conditions and the flash tends to work better in smaller areas. It should be mentioned that newer generation devices come with great sensors that take decent photographs in low light conditions.

For most of us though, we are taking photos on our phones instantaneously and we want to share it immediately with friends and post them on social networks. There are some great apps out there that will help you improve the quality and even jazz up your photographs, as well as adding a bit of fun to them.

So as you head out this festive season make sure you have these apps on your smartphone and get the most out of your photographs.


Instagram remains a firm favourite for most smartphone users. There are more that 30 million people using Instagram and over 5 million photographs are uploaded daily. This app allows you to add fun filters to your photographs and completely transform the look and feel of a picture. What is also great about this app is that integrates well into social networks and posting a picture instantly to Facebook or Twitter is done instantly on your timeline. Looking to get that retro feel or a 60’s look to your photos? Check out Instagram.




Diptic is one of my favourite apps. How many times are you in a situation where you want to combine more than one photo in one picture? Sometimes it takes a few pictures to tell a story. This is what Diptic does amazingly well. The app has 52 different layouts to choose from. Simply open the app tap the layout you want and add the photographs. You can also add effects and different borders. You can even tweak the brightness and saturation of your picture. When you are done editing, save, and export to most to social networks.

Microsoft Photosynth

Microsoft’s Photosynth app is one of the coolest apps around. This app allows you to capture a 360 degree photograph and share it with your friends. It is incredibly easy to use. You simply stand in one position and move clockwise following the onscreen instructions, and in a few seconds you have an amazing panorama picture. The app does all the processing and stitching so all you need to do is choose the moment you want to capture. Post it on the web, send the link to your friends and on their computer they can navigate the picture, zoom in and out and they will feel that they are “almost” there with you.


Photoshop Express Editor

Photoshop Express Editor is a mini Photoshop for smartphones and for the more serious photo enthusiasts. This is a really powerful app that allows users to really tweak photographs. Photo came out to dark? No problem with Express Editor. The auto correct feature also works very well and often saves the day on that one picture you might have shot incorrectly. It also has a fun element like pixelating a photo and even adding captions and speech bubbles.


The award winning Snapseed is another awesome app that is so easy to use, yet it has such powerful results. Adjusting images is done by simply swiping you finger across to the right or to the left of the screen or selecting your setting by moving up or down. You can get really creative using this very powerful app and at the same time having a great deal of fun. There are also some very cool filters that will completely transform your pictures.

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