Seems like summer vacation is over just as soon as it starts, doesn’t it? Yet another reason to capture and share those lovely moments so that EVERYBODY knows you’re having a better time than they are (whether that’s true or not). Below we pick out five unmissable apps to serve as the ideal complement to your smartphone camera. Download one today and start retouching, storing, and sharing away.
If you’re already a pro at snapping shots of G&Ts or shiny new pedicures on warm sand, Instagram filters probably don’t really do much for you anymore. To power up your photography chops and get much more meticulous with your edits you can always turn to a different app like Snapseed. The app includes loads of filters and effects to apply and preview in real time. You won’t even think about a desktop photo editor when you can leave everything looking so pretty without putting down your smartphone.
Let there be no doubt: the ode to the selfie now echoes to the ends of the earth. An app to retouch your “self photos” thus might be a good idea if you want to maintain your own carefully projected virtual image. B612 is the most downloaded app of its type, letting you apply loads of preset effects or make collages. And it boasts special features that could be useful when snapping selfies, like a timer to add a delay to the shot.
It’s all fine and good to take your own pics while traveling, but even better is sharing them and receiving the ones taken by your fellow travellers. A few months ago Facebook launched Moments, an app to back up your photos and make shared galleries with your friends. It sure beats emailing and receiving huge knots of pics by a long shot, especially if you’re planning to post your gallery to Facebook in the end.
A photo might not be enough to express a nice moment. But when videos are too heavy and less “immediate” to the viewer, you can always opt for a trusty old looping GIF. Boomerang is an app developed by Instagram (but fully independent from it) that creates moving loops from a burst of 10 photos. The resulting animation can be saved locally and posted wherever you want to share it.
Last but certainly not least. One of the biggest problems with taking photos on your smartphone is that it uses up your storage space fast. Photos unquestionably rules the roost among photo apps: it lets you save as many images as you want to your account – no limits. Just connect to any WiFi network and you’ll have all your local photos safe and sound in the cloud so you can delete them from your internal memory and keep taking more. An essential app.