You might get an eye roll in some circles if you say you shoot with your phone. Some might say that phones aren’t real cameras, but the truth is that phones are incredibly capable cameras that can sometimes succeed where bigger rigs might fail. Thankfully, there are a bevy of mobile apps to streamline the process from shooting to editing. Here are our picks for best mobile apps.
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The mobile editing space is crowded. You’ve got VSCO Cam, Photoshop Express, Lightroom Mobile, Afterlight and Over among many others. It seems unlikely that a new app could make any waves, but the folks behind Truefilm are aiming for Adobe’s flagship mobile editing software, Lightroom Mobile. The Next Web supports this claim in its review of the latest update.
What sets Truefilm apart from the rest of the pack, aside from its price jump to $2.99, is its Artificial Intelligence capability. Should you decide to turn it on, it will analyze how you edit your photos and make suggestions based on that. The more you edit, the more accurate Truefilm’s AI becomes with its editing and filter suggestions.
What sets it even further apart from Lightroom is that it isn’t tied to a subscription service. You only have to buy into Truefilm once. When you bring it up in the App Store, the pesky “Offers In-App Purchases” is conspicuously absent, which is a great thing, although I’ve definitely dropped a bunch on preset packs in VSCO Cam.
We’ve downloaded the app and will test it out to see how it stacks up against the competition. So far, it looks promising.
LiveBlend is an app that promises to make multiple exposures in a super fun way with live preview. It also bills itself as the only app that does that. Multiple exposures aren’t something I typically make, as I haven’t had the experience with film, and I only marginally explored that feature with my X-Pro1. I thought I’d give it a spin with my phone. It can be useful, but it does have its hangups.
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Adobe released Lightroom Mobile for tablets then phones last year, and it was only a matter of time until the popular image editing software came to Android devices. Earlier today, the company announced Adobe Lightroom Mobile for Android–something that was in the works for a very long time. Since then, Android has evolved to become what is arguably the most advanced platform for image taking due to manual controls and RAW DNG output capabilities with certain devices.
While the app in no way is terrible, it surely hasn’t made any major advancements. In fact, many of the big mobile editors are still ahead.
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While iOS devices have had Adobe Lightroom mobile for a little while now, Android users can finally rejoice in the fact that the app can be used on their phones. Like all previous versions, Adobe Lightroom works by syncing collections–which then generate smart previews on your mobile device that are based on RAW DNG files for you to edit. Unfortunately, Adobe Lightroom Mobile doesn’t allow you to edit RAW DNG files put out by certain Android phones.
The app runs on Jellybean, KitKat or Lollipop and requires at least 1GB of RAM, a Quad Core CPU with 1.7 GHz and 8GB of internal storage. If you want Adobe Lightroom, you’ll need to at minimum sign up for the Creative Cloud plan targeted at photographers for $9.99/month.
Otherwise, no real new changes have come to the platform yet. Stay tuned for our review.
We were already pretty satisfied with EyeFi Cloud and their hardware solutions, but today the company is announcing some upgrades to the platform. For starters, anyone can now use it–and this moves comes from the trend that they’ve seen with people using all manners of devices to shoot and store their images. Indeed, the app was a great solution to store them to begin with because it automatically pulled images from both the phone/tablet and your camera. But it was previously only available to Mobi customers. Now, Pro users can use it.
By having the app on your devices, you can now organize everything in one spot. However, it will only store JPEGs–sorry RAW shooters.
But there are also a couple of new enhancements that were made. You can now make adjustments to your images, crop, rotate, organize into folders (which you were able to do before) and even view the EXIF data.
The app’s latest update is available today on iOS, Android and Kindle. Annual memberships are available for $49.99/year and include support for unlimited photo syncing and storage.