5 Photography Apps for Android

*This is not a sponsored post. I just really liked these apps and wanted to share – oh and I’m linked up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop!*

If you’re like me, you take pictures everyday using your phone.  As much as I’d like to use my DSLR, it’s just not as accessible as my phone, you know?

Also, I don’t always have time to get on Photoshop to fix up my many shots.  So for me, photography apps are a MUST on my phone.

There are 3 things I must have in order to get my photos to have the look I want…

  1. filters – lots of choices for free, of course!
  2. collage – decisions are hard to make, I must use all the pics!
  3. easy user interface – I’m looking for quick fixes so I can share my pic right away, so the app has to be easy to use!

That being said, here are the 5 Android Photography Apps I use and highly recommend:

1.  PicsArtpicsart android photography app

“PicsArt is a free photo editor, drawing tool, art network, photo grid, collage maker and more. It’s a one-stop shop for your artistic and editing needs!”

Here’s a sample:

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2. PhotoGrid

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“Photo Grid’s simple interface and outstanding menu of pre-designed grids make it the best collage app on the market. – CNET”

And may I add that it’s so absolutely perfect for making a collage that fits Instagram?

Here’s a sample:

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3.  Pixlr Express

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“Pixlr Express is a fun and powerful photo editor that lets you quickly crop, rotate, and fine-tune any picture, all in a completely ad-free experience. Choose from over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and borders to further personalize your image. Pixlr Express makes you look like a pro, even if you’ve never edited a photo before.”

Here’s a sample:

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4.  AfterFocus

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“With AfterFocus, you can create a DSLR-style background blurred photo by simply selecting a focus area. Also, various filter effects offer you to create the most natural and realistic photo.”

And it has some filters too!

Here’s a sample:

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5.  Flipagram

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“Create beautiful short video stories using your Facebook, Instagram and Camera Roll photos, set to music you love!”

I love doing this on special occasions so I can share with my family in the Philippines.  Best part….you are NOT limited to 6 or 30 seconds! And you can use music you already purchased on your phone!

Here’s a sample!


So…do you use any of these?  If not, what photography DO you use?  I’d love to find other cool ones out there so let me know in the comments!

About Janice

With my M.Ed. degree, I tackled the world of Elementary School as a Teacher and Vice Principal for 4 years. But the world of motherhood and homeschooling called me home. Now, I spend my post-grad know-how and coffee-fueled energy at home - teaching my 3 kids, obsessively cleaning, failing in the kitchen, and taking naps-for-survival-purposes.

 

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  1. I use pixlr and I also use Pic, Tap, Go it’s not a free app but I like what it does. Also the app will promote your images on their istagram account if they are pretty good.

    I also like snapseed!
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  2. This was very helpful. I have been using PhotoEditor, but I will be trying some of these now, based on your recommendations. Thanks!

    • I hope you end up using some of them. Btw, there are a handful of “photo Editor” on the play market….which company is the one that made the editor you use?

  3. You know, I don’t use any of these – just a plain old take the picture kind of girl. But some of these apps look great – I’m going to have to check these out.
    I’m intrigued by your little bio up there ^. Finished my MSCI a couple of years ago and rather than moving further into the world of education with it, I find it most useful for parenting my own daughter. Has me thinking about what the better path might be…
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    • I know what you mean about “the better path”… I have a post-grad degree and then some, but I stay at home. I don’t mind too much what other people think, but it’s my dad that sometimes irks me about it. As a Filipino/Asian, higher education and prestigious job is like winning the lotto. I think my dad doesn’t understand the whole fact that I chose my children over everything else. There are times when I feel this pressure on myself too (can’t get away from my upbringing) and I wonder if I just wasted all my time and money in my degree. But I think that now, all of that was preparation to give my own children the best there is – ME! ;) So having a degree CAN be really useful to parenting and maybe even help give your kids a step-up in the game of life!

  4. I was checking up my phone apps and found none of those you had mentioned installed on my mobile. And, I don’t have even a single photography app! Your Flipagram looks fun! I might want to try it.
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    • Oh yes, they don’t normally come preinstalled. I got them on the Google Play Store and they’re all the free versions. Flipagram is pretty handy sometimes! ;)

  5. I wish I had your talent, I am just a put them on my blog, throw them up on FB kind of gal!
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  6. Great techniques! I don’t use anything on my pictures:(
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  7. In answer to your question, the Photo Editor + app that I use is by either Axion Systems or Alien Systems. I can’t read their cursive font very well!
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  8. I love PicsArt and PixlrExpress! I have not heard of the other 3 until now and I will definitely give them a try. I love taking photos and I, too, must use them all. I recently discovered Retrica and it is so fun to play with and offers a lot of different filters, frames, and other things to make photos look good as soon as they are taken.

    • I like making my photos look kinda retro sometimes too – but I find the apps I mentioned pretty have those filters covered too. ;)

  9. LOVE flipagram — but I don’t use it that often.
    ugh – my phone has the smallest memory available. If i ever upgrade to the iPhone5, I am definitely going with bigger memory because I cannot fit all the nice photo apps like these on my phone. sooooo frustrating.
    I normally take the photo, upload to my computer, edit with my canon software program or even Picasa, and then upload back to my phone.
    Can you say time consuming?
    um yeah.
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    • Whoa. Totally time consuming. Don’t ya use a cloud service for your photos? That way, you can edit on the computer and save on the cloud. Then just open it with your phone and share. Try “Dropbox” or even Google has a cloud service. Look into. It lessens double files (one ur phone and one on ur comp) and less time consuming!

  10. I don’t know if it’s the apps making those photos so good or if it’s the adorable children! That Tigger photo is TOO cute!
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