1. Adjust exposure on iOS
With iOS 8, Apple has given iPhone and iPad users the option to manually adjust the exposure on photos. Previously, tapping on a part of a photo in the Camera app would set both the focus and the exposure; now you can tap to adjust the focus and then slide your finger up or down on the screen to make the image lighter or darker. The yellow sun icon moves accordingly to indicate the change in exposure. Tap another part of the screen again to start all over again.
2. Straighten Photos & # 39; s in iOS
Another addition in iOS 8 and higher is a straighten tool. After taking a photo, tap the thumbnail next to the shutter button to view it and choose & # 39; Edit & # 39 ;. Tap the Crop button (far left) and you can slide your finger along the rotary knob on the side of your image to straighten it if necessary. As you make changes, the photo is automatically zoomed in and cropped to preserve the original dimensions. Tap "Done" to save your edits.
3. Enable HDR + mode on Android
The latest versions of Android include an HDR + mode in the standard camera app – enable it with a tap on the "More" button (three dots) and tap "HDR +". When you press the shutter button, the app actually takes multiple photos in succession with different exposure settings and then combines them for the most evenly balanced shot. Image processing takes a few seconds longer, but it can really make a difference when there is a big contrast between the darkest and lightest parts of an image.
4. Applying lens blur on Android
In the standard camera app of the latest versions of Android, you can swipe from the left (or bottom in landscape mode) for a list of photo and video options. One is Lens Blur: allows you to take pictures with a sharply focused foreground object and a blurred background. Compile your photo, press the shutter button and you'll be asked to tilt the phone a little – after a few seconds your photo will be ready to view and can be refocused even later.
5. Hide your least favorite Instagram filters
Save some time by browsing the filters of Instagram by hiding the filters you never use: scroll all the way to the right, tap "Manage ", and you can rearrange the filters in your list or hide them by disabling the relevant circle. You can also continue to tap the thumbnails on the Main Filters screen and drag them to a new position or to the photo itself to hide them. You can always retrieve a filter if you change your mind.
6. Changing the intensity of filters on Instagram
Once you tap, an Instagram filter is applied, but you can tap again to open a slider that controls the intensity of the effect changes. If you like an effect, but find it a bit too strong, this is the place to go – you can also add a border from the same screen. Other Instagram effects, such as brightness, contrast and warmth, can be added via the key icon and adjusted again manually via a slider.
7. Tweak white balance with VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam is one of the leading mobile camera apps for both iOS and Android and gives you more control over your photos. One of the ways in which this is done is to allow you to adjust the white balance of your recordings: tap the recording screen on the settings wheel at the top and then the “ADV” button to open the slider at the bottom. With one tap on the brightness icon you can switch to white balance instead.
8. Use the third-party rule in VSCO Cam
With various other camera apps, VSCO Cam allows you to place a grid of nine rectangles on top of your photo before you use the shutter touches button. This relates to an old photography trick called the third-party rule: the idea is that you try to get the most interesting parts of the shot near the lines or the intersections between them. To get it on the screen, tap the settings wheel at the top and then the icon with a cross in a square.
9. Change shutter speed in camera +
One of the reasons why you may want a third-party camera app is the additional settings that you can access. Camera + for iOS is an example, an app that allows you to adjust the shutter speed of your iPhone's camera to other settings. Tap the menu button (bottom right) and then "Advanced controls" and set the "Always show" switch to On. Back on the shooting screen, tap the center "Auto" button to choose a suitable shutter speed for the subject you want to photograph.
10. Choose the right mode in Camera +
Another handy Camera + function can be found in the light box (tap the flower icon in the bottom left to see it). Choose here to edit a photo and you can choose from 16 different scene modes: everything from concert to beach. After choosing one of the scene modes from the list, Camera + automatically adjusts the color, brightness and other image settings to suit your choice – there are options for darkening an image, reducing the effects of fluorescent light, enhancing of image clarity and more.
11. Create an antique look with Camera Zoom FX
Check every list of best camera apps for Android and Camera Zoom FX will probably be on it. One of the best features of the app is the stack of filters that is available in the photo library component. Choose a photo and open the editing window via the button with the chalk icon to find it. Some filters require a small payment, but there are a few free to play with: Holga 35mm (in the Favorite / Ready section) makes your photos look like they were taken with a classic camera from the past.  12. Better macro shooting with Camera Zoom FX
Camera Zoom FX also offers a variety of focus modes that you can choose to take better photos. While composing your photo, tap the settings icon (three sliders) and then select Focus from the list – choose Macro to make the app focus on objects in the very near foreground. Give it a try when taking close-ups of any subject (you can still tap anywhere on the screen to set the focus point as usual).
13. Change ISO settings in Afterlight
The polished Afterlight comes with a stack of useful tools for iOS, Android or Windows Phone: the primary focus is on filters, textures and frames for your photos, but it also has its own photo recording component. Tap the "M" button on the recording screen to display the manual controls and then select "ISO" to adjust the light sensitivity of the image. A higher ISO means better photos in low light, but the noise of the photo can also increase.
14. Experiment with filters in Afterlight
Back to those Afterlight filters, and there are 74 to choose from, whether you take a new photo or import an existing one. Tap the colored curl icon to scroll through the available filters – each preview is displayed as you select it and you can adjust the intensity with the slider below it. There are also dozens of textures offered behind the film roll icon, making your image look like it was made with real camera film.
15. Build Instagram Collages with Pic Stitch
Instagram now has its own separate app for creating collages (Layout), but Pic Stitch has been helping users take multiple photos & # 39; s in one Instagram square now. From the front screen of the app, choose one of the layouts from the many offered and then tap once in each square to take a photo or choose one from your camera gallery, Facebook or Dropbox. Images can be rotated within their frames and zoomed in so that you can focus on the most important parts of each photo.
16. Improve your portrait photos in Facetune
Make sure your Facebook friends or potential Tinder competitions always see your best side by touching your portrait photography with FaceTune – it's like a mobile Photoshop that is completely dedicated to your face. In the main editing screen, tap "Whiten" to brighten your teeth, "Smooth" to remove wrinkles, or "Tones" to hide dark spots under your eyes. With & # 39; Details & # 39; can you captivate your eyes (or another winning feature) and & # 39; Patch & # 39; can remove stains while & # 39; Reshape & # 39; the symmetry of the image improves and you can make parts of your face move like putty.
17. Cut people out of the shot with A Better Camera
One of the tricks that the Android app A Better Camera entails is removing objects or people from your photos with a few taps with your finger. It focuses on moving targets, so essentially you can save your landscape photos even if someone wanders in front of the lens. On the shooting screen, tap the Modes button (bottom right) and then choose "Smart Multishot" – when you tap the shutter button, several photos are taken in quick succession. Choose "Delete Object" and you can tap moving objects or people to delete them.
18. Sort your photos easier in SmugMug
SmugMug does not allow you to take photos, but it is a useful app to keep them organized on your mobile devices and on the web. One of the ways this happens is to let you filter by keyword so that you can instantly access all your children's photos with a simple search even if they are scattered over several years (assuming you all correct keywords first). There is also a filter for reviewing photos in SmugMug that lets you keep your favorite five-star magnets close at hand.
19. Solving Perspective Problems with 500px
500px is great for discovering new photographers and sharing your own work, but photographing the mobile app is also worth watching – it features also about tools developed by Adobe for its own Photoshop software. Tap the "Upright" button below a photo to correct perspective problems (for example, if you shot a lighthouse from the bottom): "Level" straightens the outline of the photo without changing the angle, "Vertical" adjusts the image so that vertical lines run straight from top to bottom, and "Full" corrects both vertical and horizontal lines.
20. Adjust shadows and highlights with Snapseed
Google has just pushed an update to its photo editing app Snapseed, and one of the bigger changes is a new highlight tool that is in addition to the existing one shadows goes. With these functions, you can lighten dark parts of your photo and weaken lighter sections to make details clearer. With an open image, tap the plus sign and then "Match Image". Tap and drag over the image to choose "Shadows" or "Highlights", and then drag your finger across the screen from left to right to make adjustments.
21. Use the hardware buttons
For some, this is second nature, but not everyone has come across this tip: on iPhones and most Android phones you can use the volume buttons to take a picture instead of the shutter-release button on the screen – in fact, Windows Phone devices have a separate hardware button specifically for this purpose. It is often a more natural way to take a photo and you can hold your smartphone more securely while trying to make the perfect shot (or selfie).