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9 best photo apps for your iPhone or iPad

Taking the perfect picture is easier these days than ever before. You don’t even have to be a professional photographer.

All you need to take quality photos is your smartphone and its incredible built-in camera. The days of carrying around clunky old cameras and pockets full of film are gone.

Now, you just pull your iPhone out of your pocket, point and click. Capturing crystal-clear, high-resolution shots is that simple. However, you might want some added features to make them even more spectacular.

That’s why you need to know about these 9 apps that will help you take pictures like a pro with your iPhone in no time.

1. Instagram

Facebook’s photo-based social media app, Instagram, is the crown jewel of photo apps. If you’re not one of the 500 million people using it, you’re missing out.

The beauty of Instagram is how easy it is to use. Take a photo, or video, and share it on your Stories. Those are posts where you update your followers on what’s going on in your life. It’s kind of like a daily photo journal for the world to see. You can also share your photos on other social networks, like Facebook.

The best part about Instagram, though, is its photo features. You can easily adjust the color and brightness of your photos, and you can add filters, too. Do you want to post a photo of your face, but with a kitten’s ears on your head? Just “tap” and it’s there.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

2. PicsArt Photo Studio and Collage

PicsArt Photo Studio: Picture Editor Collage Maker is a social media app like Instagram with loads of fun features. You can tweak the image of photos, crop them and share them with friends. Plus, you can add stamps like little hearts or musical notes to your photos.

PicsArt has other photo apps, too, like Animator and Color Paint.

Click here to download the free iOS app from the App Store.

3. PhotoDirector

PhotoDirector is one of the most-loved photo editors for iOS, and here’s why. It’s a highly polished photo tool that professional photographers use to adjust images, colors and a lot more. Yet, it’s simple to use.

If you’re a photo app novice, give PhotoDirector a shot. It might just become your next favorite, free photo-editing app.

Note: Some free photo apps have ads.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

4. Prisma: Photo Editor, Art Filters Pic Effects

If you want to play around with photo filters and improving the look of your snaps, you may need artificial intelligence. That’s right, AI.

Prisma uses AI to help you improve the look of your photos. You just take a photo and Prisma suggests filters. These are filters inspired by famous painters.

Say you take a picture of a rainbow over the Grand Canyon. Beautiful, right? Yet it can look even better, brighter and bolder in the hands of an artist. Suddenly, a familiar image turns into a work of art that you can easily share on your social media networks.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

5. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone

I’m sure that you’ve heard of Adobe Photoshop. The photo-editing software has been popular with professional photographers for more than a quarter-century. If you’re not a pro, Photoshop may be more than you need.

Which is where Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone comes in. Although it’s also used by professional photographers, its menu-based photo-editing tools make it easy for everyone.

Take a photo, select a feature like cropping from the menu, and select it. Or, if you’re a little more experienced using photo-editing tools, you can use Lightroom’s advanced features.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

6. Snapseed

Google’s photo-editing app is one of the best ones out there. With Snapseed, you can easily adjust your photos.

There are filters, features to adjust colors and the sharpness of the image. Plus, you can impress your kids or grandchildren with features you don’t find on just any photo app. For instance, you can zoom in and see up-close texture, like the surface of a building.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

7. Google Photos

Google Photos is an easy-to-use, free photo app that prevents you from eating up storage on your iPhone. Take a photo and the Google app automatically loads it to the cloud. That means you can access your photos from any gadget.

You can also use photo-editing tools, filters and other features.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

8. Prime Photos from Amazon

Prime Photos from Amazon, like Google Photos, is an incredible app. Take photos and it saves them to the cloud. Better, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you (and five other people) can store an unlimited number of photos to Amazon Photos.

It’s easy to scroll through hundreds or thousands of images on Amazon Photos. The images are automatically sorted from newest to oldest.

Plus, every day, Amazon Photos shows you a photo from one year ago today. I know what I was doing this day in 2016. Do you?

Click here to download the free app from the App Store.

9. Dramatic Black & White

Sometimes a photo doesn’t need a color correction or red-eye reductions. No, on occasion what a photo really needs is to be taken back in time and transformed into a beautiful black-and-white image. These photos’ simplicity and elegance can make you say, “Wow!”

That’s where the Dramatic Black & White app comes in. It lets you adjust 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!

Click here to download the app for $2.99 from the App Store.

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