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3 new apps that make your smartphone photos pop

3 new apps that make your smartphone photos pop
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Photographs are windows to history. Each one tells a story and it sounds cliche, but every photograph is worth a thousand words. But in today's world, there's much more you can add to your photos to make them worth even more.

From making moving photos to adding filters that turn them into instant works of art, I've found three new apps that demonstrate how the future of photography is here, whether you like it or not.

So without further ado, here are three awesome new photo apps you'll definitely want to check out to add more personality, flair and uniqueness to your photos.

Polaroid Swing

Do you remember Polaroid cameras? Do you remember seeing the photo come out of the camera, shaking it to dry the paper, and then watching it slowly develop as it dried? Kids today might never know the thrill of shaking a photo in order for it to show up, but that doesn't mean they won't know how great Polaroid is.

In fact, the new Polaroid Swing app for Apple gadgets is a fresh take on instant photos. With the Polaroid Swing app, you create very short moving pictures (basically a GIF) to add a new dimension and intrigue to your photos.

What will you create? Some people have been coming up with some really cool new concepts. Check out this example and this one, and this one, and this one too. Pretty cool, right? What will you come up with?

Prisma

When Instagram hit the scene in 2010 everyone was in love with all of the cool filters you could add to your photos to turn them into something extraordinary. But now, there's a new iOS app in town that can add even more awesome filters to turn them into works of art.

With the Prisma app, you can add 35 different filters to your photos - only these filters aren't "Kelvin" or "Reyes" but rather "Dreams" and "Running in the Storm." These filters are much more dramatic and are done in popular styles of art. See the screen shot below to see what I mean:

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Dramatic Black & White

If you want gorgeous black and white photos, check out the Dramatic Black & White app for both Apple and Android gadgets. It adjusts contrast, light, texture and shape so you can take perfect pictures with little effort in dramatic black and white.

You can also add a spotlight, both black and white filters, grain and vignette and other fun effects for hours of endless possibilities. People will think you used a high-quality camera instead of a smartphone!

Dramatic Black and White

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