More and more moms are taking more and more photos with their phones instead of with a stand-alone camera. In fact, it’s increasingly common for a smart phone camera to be the only camera someone owns, especially as in-phone cameras get better and better. There are also lots of great (and free) apps you can use to make the photos you snap on your phone even better. Today we’re sharing our four favourite free smart phone photo apps.
Four Free Smart Phone Photo Apps for Toronto Moms
1. VSCO Cam
If you want to create really beautiful photos with your phone, check out VSCO Cam. The app is available for both iPhone and Android. It offers powerful photo editing and gorgeous filters, although they’re called ‘presets’. Take photos using the app, or import them from your camera roll. Then you can crop, edit and save them, or share them to social media. If you’d like access to more features like a broader array of presets, you can buy them, but the app works very well without them. You can use the app to share your photos via social media as well.
Snapseed is less of a camera app, and more of a photo-editing app. Like our other favourite smart phone photo apps, it’s available for iPhone and Android. It has a broad array of very artistic filters and controls, and you can adjust your photo with a high degree of precision. This app is a little overwhelming at first blush. Its editing tools and filters are definitely more sophisticated than what you’ll see on Instagram or Facebook. However, it has a short learning curve, so don’t be intimidated. It has tablet versions as well, plus a Google+ version.
When it comes to smart phone photo apps, this is one of the most popular, and with good reason. Once again it’s available for iPhone and Android. Snap your photo (or import a photo from your camera roll), add a filter if you wish, and share it. Instagram is also a thriving social network in its own right, and you can connect with your friends or make new ones. You can also tag your locations and participate in memes. The big downside of Instagram is that it really only handles square images well. You can use other apps to snap and format photos, though, and import them to Instagram, if you want a different image shape.
Flickr is one of the original online photo services, but it’s constantly being updated. With the new pricing plans for Flickr, you can do a lot more with a free account. Its free smart phone app is available on iPhone and Android, allowing you take photos with your phone, edit them and post them to your Flickr account. Like Instagram, Flickr has a number of filters you can add to your photos. You can also save old photos from your Flickr account to your phone, giving you access to your online photo library if you’re already a Flickr user.
We’ve shared our four favourite free smart phone photo apps – what about yours? Leave us a reply and tell us what we missed!