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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

World Photography Day: Get creative behind the lens with these apps

World Photography Day, observed on August 19, is aimed at inspiring people to express their creativity through photography.

tech Updated: Aug 19, 2018 10:16 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
Presenting the best photo editing applications for your phone.
Presenting the best photo editing applications for your phone.

Thanks to smartphones, everyone’s a photographer today. But having an excellent camera on your phone doesn’t guarantee perfect results. Professional photographers with DSLRs spend a lot of time picking the right subject, frame and light conditions before taking pictures. For casual photography enthusiasts with phones, learning the nitty-gritties of photography is too much work. But that doesn’t mean you cannot make your photos impressive.

In order to be more creative with photographs, you can always use photo editing apps to rework the images taken from your phone. On World Photography Day, let’s take a look at the best photo editing apps for your mobile phones. These apps are free and help you add a great deal of personalisation.

Arguably the best photo-editing application on phones out there, Snapseed comes with a wide range of features including basic functionalities like adjusting brightness, contrast and orientations. To make your landscape photos more dramatic, we recommending HDR Scape and Drama. You can also add retro and black-and-white filters, but within these filters, you have more options of personalising the photos. Other key tools are selective healing, tonal contrast, and a double exposure mode that lets you merge two photos into one.

Add more dramatic effects to your landscape photos through Snapseed
Add more dramatic effects to your landscape photos through Snapseed ( Kul Bhushan )

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
Brought to you by the makers of the world’s most popular photo editing software, Photoshop Lightroom CC is a stripped-down version of its desktop version. The good thing is that it’s not very complicated. Photoshop Lightroom CC also gives you greater control over key elements of the photos like brightness, temperature, tint and more. You will need to sign up before getting started with this app.

Edited using Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom CC
Edited using Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom CC ( Kul Bhushan )

Unlike Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Aviary is a pretty simple-to-use application. The application lets you add unique photo effects, filters and frames. You can also use the app to fix red eye, remove blemishes and even doodle over the photos. The best feature of the app is Splash, which allows you to retain colours of the subject while converting everything in the background to black and white.

Edited on Aviary.
Edited on Aviary. ( Kul Bhushan )

One of the top grossing photography apps on Google Play store, VSCO is quite popular among mobile photography enthusiasts. It has its own social network within the app where you can share your photos with the world. The photo editing application allows you to capture and edit photos with unique presets, including film-inspired presets. It also offers advanced camera controls.

Launched a couple of years ago, Prisma became insanely popular worldwide thanks to unique filters that convert your photos into artwork. Under the hood, Prisma uses a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to convert your images. There are a number of replicas on the app stores, but Prisma by far remains the best app to convert your photos into artwork. The application has over 800 modern art filters and lets you quickly share on Facebook and Instagram.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 09:39 IST