24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 1)

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This two-part post is for you, smart phone photographers – even those brave, hardy few that still have flame-throwing Samsung Galaxy Note 7s: a robust list of 24 awesome photo apps you might have never heard of before.

From colored gels, to cartoonizing, to time lapse to still-capture — there’s something for everyone to slice, dice, freeze, stretch, and, yes please, share. Enjoy discovering the first half today, then come join us for the second half tomorrow. Ready? Let’s do this.


Platform: iOS

Price: Free

Why it’s cool: You can make long-exposure videos, and light-write art photos in HD on your iPhone. How does it work? As TechCrunch explains:

“Since Apple’s API mandates that the camera shutter only stay open for a maximum of 1 second, PABLO needed to find a workaround. So they came up with a way to simulate the shutter staying open by taking multiple one second exposures and merging it into a video or photo (which is just the last frame of the video)… This faux long-exposure also means that you can see the content while you are capturing it, as opposed to a real long-exposure on a DSLR where the screen goes black and you can’t see what you create until after the fact.”

2. BeFunky

Platform: iOS

Price: Free, or $1.99 for BeFunky Pro

Why it’s cool: This is a one-stop shop for crafty DIY types and small businesses. Features include a collage maker, touch-up edits, adding fonts to photos, photo frames, overlays, “goodies and stickers,” and a bunch of other goodies. PLUS: instantly and simultaneously share your photo to your camera roll and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and BeFunky. (Full disclosure: BeFunky is a sister company to Mylio).



3. Prisma

Platforms: iOS, Android (this fall)

Price: Free

What it does: “Transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, etc.” Prisma re-creates your photos into images that look hand-painted with “natural textures and stylish, spontaneous strokes.”

4. Paper Camera

Platforms: iOS, Android

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Description: Make your photos look like a painting, cartoon, paper sketch, or comic book with effects like halftone, noir, and neon.

5. StillShot

Platform: iOS

Price: $0.99

How it’s handy: Allows you to create high-quality still photos from any video file on your iPhone. StillShot loads the video, analyzes the frames one by one, then lets you choose the best one to save as a separate image file (while maintaining the original resolution of the video).


6. Perfect Pic

Platform: iOS

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

How it’s handy, too: Like StillShot, Perfect Pic allows you to save photo files from any video you’ve recorded on your iPhone. Play the video real-time, slow it down, or slow it way down (slow motion) to “pause and flip through frame-by-frame to select a perfectly timed photo” to save. It also allows you to instantly share with your connections on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and email — right from the app.


7. Rhonna Designs

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: $1.99, with in-app purchases

Why my wife loves it: Because she can add creative personality to photos by editing them with exclusive frames, masks, designs, fonts and filters. Adjust transparency, color, shadows, outlines, size and angles to create text and shaped design features. Add masks to any photo using the variously-shaped designs; even add multiple designs/fonts to the mask.

NOTE: This app is offered separately or in a bundle of three apps – the “Rhonna Designs Suite”: Rhonna Designs, Rhonna Collage (collage photos, add videos & curved or straight text), and Rhonna Designs Magic (add colors, filters, light leaks, bokeh, edges, blur, texture)

8. Diptic 

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: $0.99, with in-app purchases

What it does: Allows you to create collages and slideshows, show before-and-after sequences, juxtapose contrasting images, or create a photographic series. Choose from 179 layouts; position your photos, then easily customize the inner photo frame lines according to your preference. Apply filters, add text, adjust border color, texture, width and curvature. For additional customization, Diptic offers in-app purchase options for layout packs, background textures and expandable layouts. Save your phoots to your device and share via email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Flickr.


9. Boomerang

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

How it’s unique: Boomerang from Instagram allows you to create mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends. With the tap of a button, the app shoots a burst of 10 photos (using either the front-facing or back-facing camera on your phone) and stitches those photos together to make a looping mini video. Share it on Facebook and Instagram right from the app, or save your video to your camera roll to share later.

10. Clone Camera Pro 

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: $1.99, with in-app purchases

What it does, how it works: CloneCamera makes clones of your subjects and puts them in a single photo for a ghost imaging effect. Simply load up to six images from your camera roll, and CloneCamera will combine those images into one, leaving your subject in different spots or in different positions in that one image. The app offers some photo editing capability, an “enhanced self-timer,” several available filters, an image preview option, and even a start-up guide and tutorial to help you learn the ghosting technique.  The app allows you to share your image(s) instantly.

11. Hyperlapse

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Why it’s cool: Hyperlapse by Instagram allows you to create fun, smooth-looking time lapse videos uses the app’s automatic stabilization, then enhances them with cinematic effects. You can even speed up your hyperlapse by 12x. And, of course, share your videos on Instagram and Facebook (or to your camera roll).

12. Gelo

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Why it’s unique: Gelo helps you add solid color gels of varying shades, bold geometric shapes, varying gradients and a variety of blend modes to your image to enhance its impact. You can also save your favorite settings and tones “with a fully customisable 32-color swatch palette.” The ability to pinch, rotate and pan within the app helps you get the correct overlay for your image.


Wait — didn’t we say 24 photo apps? We did! Click over to Part 2 for the rest.


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