7 Best Photography Apps In 2023
A surprising number of photographers out there think photo editing apps are the devil’s work.
For them, editing a photograph is like Leonardo Da Vinci using Photoshop on the Mona Lisa – the picture is the finished piece, and any tinkering after the fact is basically cheating.
But unless there’s been a cataclysmic event in the Multiverse, there aren’t any Leonardo Da Vincis wandering the streets with a camera phone in their hand, and pictures of your dog aren’t exactly the Mona Lisa.
In actual fact, photo editing apps can be a great tool to provide the finishing touches to your photographs, helping you not to change them, but to refine them.
Thankfully, there are lots to choose from. On Android and iPhone, hundreds of photography apps can help you do anything from crop, filter, edit, brush, heal, or even predetermine photos before you’ve taken them – we’ll explain that one later!
With this in mind, let’s take a look at the best photography apps in 2023 and why they’re perfect for your photography endeavours:
Snapseed is probably the most popular mobile editing suite in 2023, and for good reason. This non-destructive editor allows photographers to adjust the layers of their photograph, including exposure, color, white balance, tonal contrasts, and more. The layout, however, is a little complex, so if you're editing photos to make them look perfect for a photo book, you may want to choose our smaller, square photo book. That way, it won't be so much effort!
Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D
We mentioned before that some apps can predetermine the photos you haven’t taken yet. We’re referring to the TPE – Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D – which allows landscape photographers to see the position of sunrises, sunsets, moonrises, moonsets, and more. Due to the simple layout, learning how to use Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D is easy, and it now includes 3D overlay maps, allowing photographers to pinpoint an exact position, and know beforehand whether a hill or tree might shade a sunrise or moonrise.
Again, there are a fair few photographers out there who scorn photography filters. But while there are both positives and negatives to phone filters, there’s no denying that they can make photographs come alive and pop with electricity. This is demonstrated by the photography app Pics Art, which is an all-in-one creative platform to customize photos and filter them to your heart's content.
If you’re a keen photographer, you’ve probably come to hate the concept of light. For photographers, light is both the bane and the saviour of their pictures, something that’s difficult to get right but unbelievably rewarding when you do. Thankfully, there is now an app that can help you in your endeavours. The Abode Lightroom is one of the best apps to adapt the light of your photograph, making it either brighter or darker in certain areas. As well as this, it has advanced features like color mixers, brush tools, radial filters, gradient filters, optics, and even perspective correction.
Okay, this one has a bit of a weird name, but hear us out for a second. Bacon Camera is an excellent option for newbie photographers who want a simple way to adjust the settings of their phone’s camera. Settings that can be adjusted include ISO, exposure compensation and white balance. As well as this, Bacon Camera allows you to shoot in JPEG form, which means the image processing is done for you and it’s easily shareable for quick Instagram posts!
VSCO is a photography app perfect for photographers who want to be part of a community. Not only does it have an attractive, easy-to-use design, but it also allows users to communicate with each other, share tips, and help others to make their photography better. Put simply, this is what Instagram initially set out to be before verging closer to a fully-fledged social media platform. It’s also one of the best apps for image quality, which is perfect if you’re looking to upload these photos to our photo book maker.
The last photography app we’re going to mention is the FixThePhoto app. This is a different kind of photo editing app, putting the task of retouching your photos into the hands of a professional, rather than trying to do it yourself. Present on the app are a team of highly qualified retouchers, meaning all you have to do is upload the photos you want edited and give them some detailed instructions about what you want. A few hours later and you’ll have a beautifully enhanced image! You do have to pay for this one, but there is a free trial so you can know what you’re in for before you commit!