5 Apps to Help Improve Your Mobile Photos

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While some people still prefer to carry around their Point & Shoot camera to grab those special moments, the majority of us rely solely on our phones to capture pictures in an instant. Smartphone cameras have come a long way in the past few years, but they’re not quite to the level that some users want in terms of image quality. Today we’re going to take a look at a handful of useful apps that can help spruce your on-the-go images right up.

1. Snapseed (Free)

Out of all the photo editors, cameras, or other image manipulation tool on this list, Snapseed is probably the most powerful. A once iOS-exclusive, Google snatched up the app’s creators – Nik Software – and promptly made the application a staple in the image manipulation scene on Android. Considering it’s a mobile app, there is little that Snapseed isn’t capable of – everything from simple tweaks to full-blown image alteration, Snapseed is a clutch tool every mobile photographer should have.

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2. AfterFocus (Free, $1.99)

Have you ever seen an image with an incredible depth-of-field and wondered how the photographer captured it? There’s a good chance he or she used a DSLR with an expensive lens, but if you want to be able to do something similar with your mobile phone, AfterFocus is the tool to use. Blurring out the background to put focus on the foreground image is a snap with AfterFocus – just select the background, highlight the object that should be the focal point, and you’re done. You can even tweak the level of blur once the image has been processed.

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3. Google’s Stock Photo Editor (Free)

Believe it or not, Google has done a lot to improve the image editor in stock Android, and it’s even more powerful in Android 4.4. If you’re not running the latest version, however, don’t stress – the stock client can still get you through the basics, from cropping and turning, to basic manipulation and filters.

4. Skitch (Free)

I’m not sure this one falls into the “photo editor” category, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. It’s actually a photo annotation tool that lets you add text to images, circle specific parts of the picture, and more. It’s powered by Evernote, so it naturally features full integration with the note-taking client.

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5. VSCO Cam (Free, In-App Filter Purchases)

This one’s a newcomer to the Android scene (and the only camera-replacement app on the list), but it’s quite popular on the iOS side of the fence. It’s a little hipster-esque with its quasi-minimal interface and emphasis on filters, but it’s perfect for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time making images look great and need a tool that can do it for them in just couple of taps.

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While there are dozens (if not hundreds) of apps in the Play Store that can aid in making your mobile photos more professional looking, this list encompasses some of the most powerful and useful tools that I’ve found. If you have something you’d like to recommend, feel free to shout it out in the comments!

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Cameron is a die-hard Android fan and Senior Editor for Android Police. When he's not on the beat covering all the happenings in the Android world, you can usually find him tinkering with (read: breaking) his mobile devices or spending time with his family.

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