You shoot - now edit and share - with your phone

July 25, 2011 at 7:47 AM ET

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An attendee takes a photo with her cell phone as US President Barack Obama speaks during a "Twitter Town Hall" July 6, 2011 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

By Kristy Holch, Techlicious.com

Look around the next time you’re at a baseball game, playground or even a wedding. Chances are a lot of the photos are being taken with a cellphone, not a digital camera. More and more, people are also editing their photos on their phones. There are apps for both for traditional editing, like cropping and brightness, and for applying fun and artistic effects, like sepia or cartoonization. 

Here are some of our favorite apps for Apple iOS and Android devices. Just one bit of advice: Always start by getting the picture you want, before experimenting with effects. You can always undo those you don’t like.   

Instagram /


Primarily a photo-sharing app, much like a Twitter for photos, Instagram lets you share with groups of friends and view their feeds. But it also includes basic image editing and some fun filters and effects. Plus you can upload your creations to Facebook. A downside is that images are down-sized. Free on iTunes.


The popular photo-sharing site Photobucket recently launched this mobile app for both Android and iPhone, and not surprisingly, it excels at sharing. It offers basic editing, filters and effects in an easy interface. Photos can be saved and posted to social sites, with captions. Free on Android Market and iTunes

Picplz /


Like its closest rival Instagram, Picplz is mainly about sharing, and offers all the basic editing and effects tools. It excels in sharing, even offering a Dropbox option. Free on Android Market and iTunes

Fotolr Photo Studio

Fotolr is a nifty image editor that has most of the features you would want for on-the-fly sharing.  Aside from the basic editing tools and creative filters and effects, it includes several creative makeover tools, including “acne removal." The tools are not for creating a professional headshot, but for having a laugh with your friends. Free on iTunes.

Camera+ by tap tap tap /


This elegant app offers the basic tools you need: editor for cropping/adjusting the image, filters for applying cool effects, and sharing. The Facebook integration lets you add a caption with the upload. $1.99 on iTunes

FX Photo Studio

In addition to the standard repertoire of editing tools, this robust photo tool offers some professional-level tools like masking and gamma adjustment. The nearly 200 effects and filters have sliders for easily adjusting the degree of the effect. If you love to tinker, this is the app for you. 99 cents on iTunes.

PicSay Pro

PicSay Pro version is one of the most robust photo apps, with a full suite of capabilities from start to finish. It stores your original un-edited photo, and applies edits to a copy, as it should. There’s even a version for Android tablets. $4.28 on Android Market.



If you love special effects, Vignette delivers. There are 84 effects, including retro and vintage styles, toy camera effects (LOMO, Diana and Holga), photobooth, as well as a bunch of interesting film effects, like double exposure and cross-process. It is designed to apply those filters during picture-taking, but they can be applied from the gallery too.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t save your original images. $4.04 on Android Market

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