Best Photo Editing Apps: Our All-Time Favorites

Next to texting and making calls, I would say that my iPhone’s most-used function is its camera. I take a lot of pictures, people! So, naturally, I get really excited over the latest apps for editing those pictures—here’s a list of my current favorites!

Diptic ($0.99)

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Because I like taking pictures, it’s difficult not to overwhelm my Facebook friends with an overabundance of shots. Diptic lets me combine multiple images into one to create a collage, which I actually enjoy a lot more in the long run, since collages are a creative way of telling a story about your day.

Over (Free)

I like cheesy quotes and illustrations, OK? And sometimes I like to put those cheesy quotes and illustrations on my pictures. If, like me, you occasionally like to overlay your images with artwork and text, this app lets you do so in an incredibly simple and beautiful way.

Darkroom (Free)

There are a lot of great editing apps out there—I know, because I have far more of them downloaded on my iPhone than I could ever possibly use. But, as of right now, Darkroom is my favorite. It yields beautiful results with minimal effort, offering a simple interface and variety of adjustable filters.

Slow Shutter Cam ($1.99)

One thing I missed about my DSLR when I started using my iPhone more was the ability to take long exposures. This app makes up for that, allowing me to use its extended exposure settings to capture trailing lights, blurred subjects in motion, and sharper images in darkly lit settings.

Hyperlapse (Free)

OK OK. This is an app for shooting video, not editing images. But Hyperlapse is seriously so much fun. It allows you to convert videos as long as 45 minutes into time-lapse recordings up to 12 times faster than your original video. I took a video of a snail and fell in love with the end result—time-lapse recordings of sunsets, airplane flights, and busy freeways are fun subjects too! 

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Rheanne Taylor is the associate editor of iPhone Life magazine. In her spare time Rheanne is an avid iPhoneographer who loves trying out the latest apps and gadgets for her iPhone camera. She recently graduated with her BA in literature and writing from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.