The one way my iPhone kicks my old droid’s butt is the camera. I am madly in love with the front facing camera and now I am becoming slightly addicted to all the fun camera apps. I justify the cost by telling myself that $3 in apps is very affordable for how much entertainment it gives my daughter on the road, at the doctor’s office, basically anywhere she has to contained.
Here is a screenshot of my current photo apps. Not pictured is Camera + and Hipstamatic because my folder ran out of room.
I will show you examples of my favorites below. I am considering deleting Pic Collage. It is fun, but I prefer collages that are organized. Pic Collage is more of a free form collage-maker (think snapshots on a corkboard). It’s fun, was a free app (can’t beat free!) and Lizzie enjoys playing with it, so I kept it.
Face goo is totally an app I downloaded just for my kids. It makes your photo elastic…as you drag your finger across the face it stretches it. This cracks David up! And it has lots of stickers that Lizzie loves to play with.
Also, Tweegram is not so much a photo app as it is a text app. Basically you can choose from different backgrounds and fonts and write a sentence or even a paragraph and then send this “picture” to instagram.
Sketch me was free for a limited time so I downloaded it. It is a lot of fun for Lizzie, but I don’t think I will be using it very much myself. It has lots of options to take your photo and make it look like an artist’s sketch.
Label box is definitely one I use a lot! I love the different fun little labels you can choose to slap onto your pictures! I wish it had some more photo editing features as well, but I put the label on it then edit the photo in another app.
If you are a font-geek, then you will like Phonto! I do wish it had more photo editing and/or stickers options though. Phonto has a long list of available fonts you can pick from to write on your pictures. It has thought and speech bubbles too. It is a really great basic app.
I will be honest, I don’t get Hipstamatic. I’ve heard lots of people rave about how much they love it. I need a tutorial to understand all the options. This app is not free, so I am determined to learn how to use what I paid for. Basically, it is a retro camera. You choose the type of flash, the filter and the film. The picture above is how it looked directly after I took it, I did not edit after I snapped the picture like I do in other apps. It has lots of options for you to buy other films, flashes and overlays. And it has a “family album” where I think you can follow others and share your pics with other Hipstamatic users.
Halftone is my favorite! It turns your photos into a comic strip! Isn’t that picture of David adorable? You choose the font, the type of paper and can put “POW” or “hahahah” stickers on it too. It’s a lot of fun!
If you like stickers for your photos then Deco Pic has a TON! It reminded me of MySpace a smidge since the stickers tend to be very very girly and flashy. This is a really fun app for Lizzie. She loves scrolling through the stickers and putting them on the pictures.
I kinda cheated with this picture – the outside black border is from Instagram but the inside blue circle collage was made entirely in Diptic. Diptic is a fantastic collage making app. It doesn’t have options for photo editing, for that you’ll need a Clipping path service, but it exports directly to lots of editing apps (like Instagram).
Camera + is full of photo editing tools! It has options to help you take a quality photo. Then, it has a ton of options to edit it with. The “Scenes” button brings up other filters too. I love playing with this app when I am editing pictures on my phone.
I think TypoInsta is Instagram’s best friend. You can take a photo with it then it crops the photo to be the correct size for Instagram. It has a ton of photo editing options too – like borders, filters and adjustments. It also has a ton of fonts! If you only want to download one extra app to expand your Instgram experience, I totally suggest TypoInsta!
These are my favorites! What are yours?