For years, only iPhone owners could use the nifty photo app Instagram. The app’s release on the Android platform created a flurry of hype that’s rarely seen for any mobile app, much less for any Android app.

Having tested Instagram on my Android, a  Samsung Galaxy from T-Mobile, I can see why the app is so popular. With expertly crafted, retro-themed filters (with pretty names like “Walden” and “Earlybird”), the photos you create can be downright stunning.

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However, with all the focus lately on Instragram and its retro photography, I wanted to share some other noteworthy photo-centered apps available on Android. Use these to improve everything from how you take photos to how you organize and edit them.

Just Pictures

just pictures appThis photo management tool goes miles beyond the capacity of Android’s built-in gallery tool, and is highly useful to any serious smartphone photographer. Using its polished interface, you can make minor changes to your own photos, such as rotating them, and organize them with tags and albums.

Better yet, Just Pictures has built-in connections to Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket and other popular services.  It’s easy to upload your photos and view both your online and local photos within the app.



qik cam appIf you’re anything like me, you may have missed out on some amazing photo ops because your camera took an extra few seconds to load. When it comes to photos of babies and animals, in particular, that extra time can cost you the shot. Instead, load QikCam onto your phone. The widget gives you instant camera access from your homescreen, and can be set to automatically take a photo the moment it’s opened.


Photo Grid

photo grid appIn spite of its gaudy icon, PhotoGrid makes beautiful photo collages. Choose from borders that range from whimsical to minimal and you can group your photos in a gorgeous creation. Adding photos is easy, and with a bit of clever cropping and placement, you can make fun mementos of trips and events. Even if you’re a photography amateur, you can add a bit of class and artiness to your photos with this fun app.



camera 360 appSomewhere between the simplicity of Instagram and the power of Photoshop lies Camera360. This photo editing app has serious editing tools such as brightness and white balance, while also having cartoonish and whimsical effects. You’ll love this app for adding spark to the often-middling photos of smartphones, plus it’s easy to share your results.



Photoshop Touch

photoshop touch app

Speaking of Photoshop, the grand-daddy of all photo editors now has a powerful option for Android tablets: Photoshop Touch. Unlike the free Photoshop Express app for phones, Photoshop Touch offers advanced features. Layers, item selection, and other complex operations are easy to use, in large part because they’ve been reworked for touchscreen interfaces. No, Photoshop Touch won’t replace “proper” desktop Photoshop, but it’s a surprisingly useful tool, and its clean interface is fun to play with.


*Guest author Ashlee McCullen is a staff writer for, a site about fashionable aprons and kitchen style.


PS. I just discovered and think it is the BEST photo app yet! It is so easy and have millions of effects from which to choose. Check it out > 

I thought you might be interested in the latest Instagram stats:

  • Instagram gains one new user every second  
  • Each day on Facebook 300 million photos are uploaded
  • One billion photos have been taken with the app
  • There are roughly 58 photos uploaded each second

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Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

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