Smartphone solutions to transform your snaps
Have you noticed how people’s holiday photos are looking prettier and prettier these days? You’d be forgiven for thinking they’d hired a photographer for their quiet camping weekend. There may be another explanation, though.
With the quality of built-in smartphone cameras rapidly catching up with dedicated cameras, the days of the single-lens happy snapper seem numbered, especially when you add in the processing power, internet connectivity and ever-expanding screen size of modern mobile phones. Photo apps allow you to perform all sorts of clever editing techniques with a minimum of fuss. Here’s the lowdown on some of the best.
Google so admired Nik Software’s nifty little app Snapseed that they bought it up and it’s now in place as a rival to Facebook-owned Instagram. The latter offers the allure of sharing snaps to your wall, but Snapseed made its name as a quick, easy and highly effective editor popular among photographers on the iPhone platform.
Now available on Android too, it’s free and features a host of simple or more advanced capabilities. Highlight, brighten, darken, fade, crop or add other custom looks to your images in no time at all.
A familiar and trusted name to just about anyone who’s ever done any graphic design or image manipulation on a PC, Adobe Photoshop Express brings the Photoshop experience to the small screen with winning results. A host of arty instant effects, one-touch crop, rotation and color adjustment couldn’t be easier to use. Plus, you can post shots on Facebook or email them.
However, beware the app’s habit of charging for paid upgrades if it doesn’t initially do what you require of it.
Fun Photo Apps
On the funnier side of things, the list of apps with a slightly more novel but nonetheless interesting approach to phone photography is endless. Some of our favorites include Pic Stitch, which lets you combine a number of photos to create a collage, and PicArts Studio, the crazy catch-all solution to adding your own drawn-on ‘contributions’ to your pictures or turning them into cartoons, oil paintings or watercolours and more.
What happens if you want to physically get hold of your photographs, I hear you cry? Unsurprisingly, a number of companies are marketing simple ways to corroborate and order prints, Mosaic and Poastal Pix being two of the most popular.