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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.
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.
This 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.
If 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.
In 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.
Somewhere 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.
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 ApronAddicts.com, a site about fashionable aprons and kitchen style.
PS. I just discovered Pixlr.com 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 > Pixlr.com
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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