Let us all face the facts: mobile photography isn’t going anywhere. It’s only getting better — the cameras, the apps, the photos. I’m not one that needs convincing as I’ve long been an advocate of the legitimacy of mobile photography, but there are still legions of doubters. Those individuals won’t be easily swayed so I won’t bother trying. For those who are looking to maximize their mobile shooting experience — from fun, social media oriented apps to more full featured editing apps — here are four apps that should be given serious consideration by all. Each app (except the one listed in the Bonus section) is available for both iOS and Android platforms as free downloads, though in-app purchases may be required in some cases to unlock certain features.
Virtually everyone recognizes Instagram as the world’s most popular social network for photographers, but did you forget that the Instagram app also features a camera? If you’re the type to upload and share shots taken with a camera other than the one built into your phone, the Instagram camera (which lets you capture stills and video) probably never crosses your mind. But it’s there and it works perfectly well. It’s not the most feature laden camera app out there, but it doesn’t need to be. Yes, it has basic image editing options but the Instagram camera app is famous for its filters and a host of fun adornments that are available. Plus, you get access to a global community of photographers of all skill levels — follow your favorites to keep your home feed stocked with lovely imagery.