The holiday season is here and we all want our photos to be the best. But a good camera on your phone is only half the picture. You also need great software processing for great photos, and maybe a few filters to stand out too. Here are five camera apps available for both android and iOS devices you can use on your smartphone this festive season to take better photos and enhance them to look their best.
A popular name often picked up by Instagram enthusiasts, Retrica is full of filters of all kinds. The free app offers over 190 filters including blur, vignette, grain, and many other artistic and creative effects. If the number of filters is too high, there is also a random filter button that will cycle through the catalog until your mind settles on a filter.
If you’re thinking about fun photos, Camera 360 is a tool worth trying. The free app comes with a number of cartoon stickers and layers that you can apply to your photos seamlessly. There are also many makeup and beauty filters that allow you to try out various elements without the risk of experimenting with new makeup on your face.
Described as a “free photo editor and beauty camera”, Cymera is like a Swiss army knife when it comes to social media photos. The app lets you apply a range of beauty filters while taking photos as well as use the body editor filters which can change the look of your body. Three is also the built-in editor which you can then use to customize your image to suit your social media needs.
Whether it’s a big picture with your whole Diwali gang or a scenic landscape from your last vacation, Panorama 360 is your go-to app. The tool comes with a panoramic shot mode, of course, but also incorporates features like automatic geotagging and converting your panoramic images into 3D spheres.
A long-time favorite of mobile camera enthusiasts, Open Camera is arguably the best camera tool that lets you do more with your lens than your stock app can. It brings features like manual mode, auto level (to always get straight images) and remote controls like voice countdown. There are a number of grids as well as the ability to configure what your phone’s hardware keys do when using the app (shutter/zoom).
Advanced features include an on-screen histogram, focus peaking, and other features that can take a whole day to explore. During Diwali, we’d say the manual mode on its own would make it a handy tool for getting those long-exposure night shots. What better ? The app is fully open-source and ad-free.
Bonus: Eye Em
EyeEm is not a free camera app, but a great photography app. It has a portal where you can follow photographers around the world, making it a mini social media platform. The app also lets you sell your photos to brands like Spotify and earn money. There is also a built-in image editor that lets you adjust saturation, sharpness, brightness, and other elements of your image.