It has long been a truth that the best camera to take a photo with is the one you have on you.
Sure, I have a DSLR camera, which I absolutely love, and yes, it lets me capture the kind of photos that would not be possible with a camera phone. But its not always the most practical of items to carry around.
All the things that make it great as a camera, from interchangeable lenses through to great image quality, also make it a bit of a hassle to travel with. On top of that, to get the best from my photos, I usually do a whole host of post processing, which means I need to cart a capable laptop with me as well.
All this means that, in many cases, I fall back to my Android phone, which lets me capture, process, and publish my photos seamlessly and efficiently on a device that I always have on me.
Today I want to share with you some of my favourite photo apps that I use on a daily basis to get the best from my photos when travelling.
These are all from an Android perspective, but you should be able to find similar apps for other platforms.
Best 5 Android Photo Apps
Camera360 is my favourite application for taking photos on my phone, bar none.
It has loads of built in filters, from HDR to skin enhancement to wacky cartoon effects, as well as options for reducing motion shake and composition tips.
Another feature I like is that it always saves a copy of the original photo as well as the filtered version.
The shot above of the cat was taken using Camera360 and the Sketch / Years filter. That would have taken a while to achieve in Paint. Camera360 is also entirely free!
Instagram is a platform for sharing photos with both the Instagram community and the rest of your social media world.
Its not the best application for taking photos, and while it does comes with some built in filters and nice soft focus effects, its real strength is the Instagram community and built-in tools for social sharing.
I use it to share what’s going on in the world around me in a more real time manner as well as to keep up with friends who do the same. I find it complements my other social networks brilliantly.
I also like the square format that it forces me to adopt which make me approach my subjects in a different way to how I might otherwise. You can find me on instagram as @lozula I’d love for you to follow along!
PicSayPro is the only application I’m recommending today which isn’t free.
Its a fantastic photo editor, with all the options you might expect from cropping to sharpening, as well as a number of filters to provide effects.
Its real strength though, lies in its ability to add text onto images. So if you’re the sort of person who likes to create images with inspirational quotes, or just give your friends a moustache, then this is the application for you.
Some of the text effects truly are eye popping!
If text isn’t your thing, then you’ll probably be able to get away with the next tool on the list, and save some cash. But then you’d not be able to create something like the below:
Aviary isn’t that much different than PicSayPro above, although it is free.
Its a great all round photo editor, including tools for brightness, sharpening and contrast management. It also comes with a number of free filters (with more available for purchase).
Its not quite as good as PicSayPro for the text side of things, but you can achieve funky effects like the below shot of a spiderweb that I captured. Not bad for a photo entirely created on a phone!
The last tool on my top five list fulfils a very specific purpose that of creating collages from other images, which can be very handy for telling a story when you perhaps don’t want to share the photos individually. Say a balloon collapsing for example.
It may be very specific, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful than the other tools I’ve listed here.
There are loads of options to choose from when creating your collage, from layout, to frame type, and more. As can be seen in the shot below.
In fact, it has so many options, that I sometimes use it to create mash-ups of photos from my SLR, rather than using my PC!
And those were five of what I call the best Android photo apps for photo editing!
If you liked this post, you might want to take a look at some of my favourite Android apps for travel, which covers a wider selection of apps aimed at the regular traveller.
In the meantime, if you’ve got any thoughts on the above or what you feel are the best android photo apps, do let me know in the comments below!
Bio: Laurence Norah has been exploring the world for many years. He shares his photography tips and travel stories on Finding the Universe. You can also follow his updates via twitter and hang out on his facebook page.