If you have an iPhone, you’re likely to be familiar with apps such as Snapseed and Instagram already, but don’t let your creativity stop with those. There are plenty more that can be used to improve your phone photography. We look at a few relatively obscure gems.
Essentially a content-aware fill function for your phone photographs, Anticrop does exactly what the name suggests it should – it extends the edges of your photos to give them a little more breathing room.
Didn’t get enough space in that once-in-a-lifetime holiday shot? Got a little too close to the subject in your excitement? No longer a problem!
It’s a quick and dirty fix, but when you’re shooting on your phone on the fly, that’s the kind you need.
Filter apps are everywhere, of course, but few have had as much care, craft and attention lavished upon them as Faded.
It offers presets as well as a toolbox of advanced adjustments, and allows you to save and reproduce your edits on subsequent images.
If you want a way to give your mobile photography a distinctive, unique look, this is the place to start.
This one is perfect for the architecture photographer, though basically anyone who shoots a straight line or two is going to want to take note.
SKRWT allows you to correct horizontal and vertical distortion with a single swipe, and will automatically crop the photo once you’re done for the best results.
It’s capable of dealing not only with phone photos but also those taken on other cameras, so would also be a good download for GoPro owners.
One of the most annoying things about smartphone cameras – still, after all these years – is their comparative inability to cope with low-light situations. That’s where Cortex Camera comes in.
It’s an app specifically optimised to help your iPhone cope better with low light, recovering detail in shadows and producing a balanced image.
It combines multiple frames, but uses movement compensation technology to make sure you can still shoot handheld.
Stillshot emulates the 4K Photo modes on Panasonic cameras, allowing you to select single frames from videos you’ve shot and output them as high-quality stills, and the results are pretty good!
It’s by far the fastest way of conducting a process like this, and while the results won’t make for a high-quality print, they’ll be perfectly fine for sharing online.
Give it a try!
Shoot now, set your exposure later.
Multicam allows you to capture several different exposures at once and save them all in your library, with a view to selecting your preferences later.
You can also do the same with the nine focus points available, meaning you need never miss a crucial moment because your iPhone’s auto settings weren’t quite up to the task of capturing it.
If you’d like to push your images a bit further and embark upon a longer project, Fractograf offers many great ways to create shareable photo mosaics.
It can be a long-term endeavour – you start with a cover image of your choice, then can add colour-matched images to form the mosaic
as you shoot them, filling it in piece by piece.
If you like, you can invite friends to contribute to the mosaic as well, and even incorporate other Fractografs for an Inception-style twist on the whole thing.