8 Secret Apps for Better Travel Photos

by | Jun 14, 2017

Calling all aspiring photographers and amateurs alike! Don’t let your travel shots go to waste by keeping their quality below average. Invest in a few apps that we have handpicked for you, so that your memories of adventurous travels will be documented till the end of time. The best part — most of these apps are FREE!

 

1. SKRWT

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Aside from being dubbed one of the “Best Apps in 2014” by The App Store, SKRWT was also among the “10 Best Photography Apps“ as claimed by The Guardian UK and part of the “7 Must-Have Apps for Drone Pilots“ from whereidrone.com. Every user seems to enjoy the app as well, as seen through the high 4.2 overall rating. We quote Sam Caesar, who gave the app a five star rating in Google Play along with a pleasant review:



“Taking the difficulty out of the final adjustments that make a photo epic, creating scenes that seem surreal and almost magical. LOVE this app, worth every penny. Between this and Snapseed, I never need to import photos to photoshop again.”

 

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Price: $1.99 in The App Store; $1.49 on Google Play

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.4 and up.

 

 

2. Priime

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The collection of shots on Priime’s website look exactly like any kind of stock photos you’ve encountered, except that they’ve been captured on iPhone! This app is so hidden that it has not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version of itself yet. More reason to download it now! Marty Yawick, lead author of the blog Life In LoFi: iPhoneography, shares his praise about the app:

 

Priime is a recent entry into the crowded field of iPhone photo filter apps. It’s a unique twist on the one-click filter apps. It has excellent pedigree and despite its quirks, it’s probably one of the better one-click filter apps in the app store. Priime is the brainchild of entrepreneur and photographer Art Chang.”

 

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Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Not available.

 

 

3. Darkroom

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Darkroom isn’t just limited to editing photos, you have a two-in-one photo AND video editor with this app! Be warned though that even though the app may be free, the in-app features will need to be unlocked for a reasonable $2.99. While there aren’t many reviews on The App Store, a number of people have been raving about Darkroom’s professionality, such as this expert reviewer of iOS software, Jason Parker:

 

“Darkroom gets a lot of things right with a direct link to your image library, a great interface that saves time and cool tools for adjusting your photos. I like that you can download the app for free, and that the developers hide the most sought-after feature behind the paywall. It gives you a chance to try it out, then spend a reasonable price for the whole app.”

 

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Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Not available.

 

 

4. Afterlight

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Experience a brand new kind of light (in your photos, at least) with this splendid app. Compare the before and after pictures and you will feel a positive vibe rushing into your day, even if the happiness came from just your photos. Afterlight bagged a 4.3 rating in Google Play and a 4.4 rating on The App Store. More people like Andrew Kunesh from idownloadblog.com have some great points to share about the app, while there is no hiding the bad:

 

Afterlight is an iPhoneographer’s dream app. Afterlight excels at shooting and editing photos and does them both beautifully. Additionally, the app has a ton of editing options, filters, and effects, giving you the tools you need to let your creativity run free. The only problem I have with Afterlight is that it lacks volume button shutter controls, forcing you to use the on-screen shutter button for all of your photo taking.”

 

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Price: $0.99 in both The App Store and on Google Play

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.0.3 and up.

 

 

5. Snapseed

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Get ready to add this app to your wish list or better yet, download it right away! “Nice shots” will be too much of an understatement once you’ve tried out the features of the very app developed by Google! Did we mention that this app is another editing software that caters to both photos and videos? The CNET Editor rated the app a solid five out of five stars, in all honesty:

 

“With its unique gesture-based interface, Snapseed offers an incredible level of control over its effects and filters. The tools and interface aren’t intuitive though, so it could take a while to get familiarized. If you’re a more serious mobile photographer looking for an app to fine-tune your photos with, Snapseed is your best choice.”

 

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Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.1 and up.

 

 

6. VSCO

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VSCO, by the Visual Supply Company, is the best app to edit and share your photography. This is possible with film-inspired filters and professional image tools. You can also join a creative community with no public followers, likes or comments! If you’re the type of person who doesn’t care too much about publicity so long as you want to share your work with the world, here is the perfect place to showcase your talents. Sally and Daniel Grotta from Tom’s Guide share the positive and negative features of the app:

 

THE GOOD

  • Excellent tools and filters
  • Useful asset-management options
  • Social sharing to a wide range of networks

THE BAD

  • Android camera feature not as robust as iOS version
  • Can’t share several pictures simultaneously on iOS
  • No frames, text or funky special effects
  • Crop tool works only with preset aspect ratios

VERDICT

VSCO Camera provides great tools and filters for traditional photography corrections and adjustments, but it lacks fun special effects.”

 

As long as you’re editing your travel pictures, the fancy effects won’t be seriously necessary, right?

 

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Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.1 and up.

 

 

7. Pixlr

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Unlock your creativity with Pixlr! Have you ever tried capturing a moment, only realizing that it could have been better? Make it beautiful with Pixlr! There are over two million combinations of free effects, overlays, and filters, you will never run out of ideas! Once you’ve finished, share your finished work directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or your other favorite social networks! This app is suitable for worldwide use since it comes in eleven different languages including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. Sally and Daniel Grotta give another review about the app:

THE GOOD

  • Wide variety of useful tools, filters, borders and stickers
  • Good user-control options
  • Easy-to-use collage tool

THE BAD

  • Number of options can be overwhelming
  • Cluttered Interface
  • Help isn’t easily accessible

VERDICT

If you love to edit and play with your photos, Pixlr Mobile is a powerful app that has almost any tool you could want.”

 

Test out the gloomy effects to give your pictures a haunting backstory.

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Price: Free

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.0 and up.

 

 

8. Facetune

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Out of all the editing apps we’ve went through, none of them really served to polish the minor details, since they were more focused on fixing the bigger picture. Facetune can help with a minor touch up, such as reshaping your jaw line, brightening up your teeth, and removing blemishes on your skin. Despite its name, Facetune isn’t only for editing faces. You can simply use the app to enhance your photos, such as blurring the background for more emphasis, or improving lighting. Roy Furchgott from The New York Times states that:

 

“Facetune helps you look your Hollywood best, even in photos taken on mobile phones.”

 

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Price: $3.99 in The App Store, $5.99 on Google Play

Compatibility on Apple: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Compatibility on Android: Requires Android 4.1 and up.

 

 

Sources: Google Play, App Store, Life In LoFi: iPhoneography

11 Comments

  1. Ilana

    So many great apps! Many of them I was not aware of! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ambuj Saxena

    Thanks for a well curated post on the best photography apps. I usually rely on my phone to take pics when i travel. I am going to keep Priime and Snapseed on my mobile when i wander next!

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  3. Swati

    Great compilation. I particularly liked Snapseed and Pixlr. Downloading them right now !

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  4. Indrani

    Wow they seem to do magic with photographs.
    I have to try them out.

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  5. Shruti Prabhu

    I had only heard of VSCO! VSCO is really amazing and easy to use. I really want to try the afterlight app after reading your list. Love this post. This is really helpful.

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  6. Gastrotravelogue

    Gosh, what a great list of apps. Most of them I have never heard of, but I will have fun exploring the list above. This post is incredibly helpful. Thank you!

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  7. Marge

    Most of these I haven’t tried yet. I use VSCO, I did try Snapseed before but for some reason I didn’t find it very useful. I would love to give the other apps a spin. I think Afterlight looks interesting.

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  8. Sandy N Vyjay

    These are pretty interesting apps. Always on the lookout for programs/apps for photo editing and these seem really useful ones. Will check them out and possibly add a couple of them to my repertoire.

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  9. neha

    Wonderful list of apps. I have not tried most of these. Particularly the ones for photo editing are always welcome as I often need to edit my photos but right now I do that only through my PC

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  10. Reshma

    Some new additions to the list that look interesting enough! I have been sticking to lightroom for some time now and I feel like trying a few of these! I loved the Darkroom & VSCO is quite popular already! Thanks for this useful post.

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  11. Kenneth Surat

    Wow so many..I am.only a snapseed user and a very heavy vsco fan

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