aNewDomain.net — In the wonderful world of smartphone photography, it’s easy to get lost in the plethora of apps that do everything from simple touch-ups, frames and filters to fine tuning controls that give you the ability to completely transform that dull smartphone picture into a bit of art. If you really want to get into smartphone photography, I highly recommend joining Ant Pruitt’s Smartphone Photographer community on Google+. We host weekly hangouts and have interesting, in-depth discussions throughout the week about everything related to smartphone photography.
I recently polled the community on their favorite Android photography apps.
Snapseed is the app everyone goes back to after trying out other apps. The intuitive interface allows you to edit pictures by sliding your finger across the device. Personally, I prefer the stock photo editor on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and now more so with the new changes made to the editor in Jellybean. It’s easy to use and I use it for most of my smartphone photo editing. Of course, when I’m feeling froggy, Snapseed is my go-to app. If you want to try it out, you’ll need a phone or tablet running Android 4.0 ICS and up. Snapseed offers many basic adjustments like auto correct, crop and image tuning, to more creative enhancements like center focus and tilt shift. Check it out on Google Play and take your smartphone photography to the next level.
Pixlr Express is made by Autodesk Inc. and features more than 600 effects to mess around with, not to mention tuning image adjustments via slider controls. The look you can get from a picture edited in Pixlr Express reminds me of using Picasa to edit photos back in the day. Probably because they are both slider controlled, and both give you great looking pictures in the end. Everything is smooth on the Nexus 10, and from reading comments on its Google Play page, works well on lower-end devices. If you have Android 2.2 or better, you can try this out free. When you’re done head over to the Smartphone Photographer community on Google+ and show us what you’ve created.
Since I can’t pick the default Jellybean photo editor because it’s technically not an app, I’m going to go show you another Autodesk creation. This one is geared more towards our filter junkies than anything else, since there are no slide tuning controls to mess with. You basically open it up, select a picture — or take a new one — and select the look you want.
That’s it, nothing really to it. Like most smartphone photo apps, it has many effects and filters. I also thoroughly enjoy how the filters are named after people. The images come out looking great, and for the average person who isn’t a smartphone photograph connoisseur, playing with levers and sliding switches, it’s a quick and easy way to get some cool pictures out of your smartphone. This is also an app that works great on lower end smartphones, supporting Android 2.1 and better. Check it out on Google Play.