My Favorite iPhone Photo Apps



Hello there! After many requests, I had a chance to put together a post with examples of photos taken with all my favorite camera apps for the iPhone. If you have an iPhone, these are my absolute favorite "must have" aps. If you don't, I hope you enjoy the silly phone photos anyway…. XO! 


Picture Show This is my favorite photo app. It's  super versatile and fun to play with. Here are some of my favorite images….




6a00d8358081ff69e20147e3209b1a970b-800wiInstagram This is the best *free* app. I love the possibilities. The only thing I don't love about it is that all the photo options are square. It's really great for Twitter posting too. Here are a few favorites…  



Camera Bag
This is one of the first apps I ever downloaded. I like a lot of the effects. It's my favorite for super saturated color. Here are my favorite images…. 





Tilt Shift Generator This app is amazing for scenery and object shots, and sometimes for interesting face shots too. It's super trendy, but I happen to love it! Examples… 



This app has my favorite polaroid options. Some of the effects are a little too grungy for my taste, but overall it's worth a try because it really has a LOT of options. Here are a few favorites… 





9Quad Camera This is really fun. You can speed up or slow down the exposures and it takes multiple, quick photos and combines them into one image. Cute!  



I love the effects of this app. It's the most like a real camera since you have to take photos through the app instead of just editing them. It's fun, unpredictable and random. I like it…. 




Have a lovely day!!! XO, elsie 


  • This is perhaps one of my FAVORITE posts on your blog so far!! I have Instagram (which I use daily!) but am always hesitant to pay for aps that I don’t have trustworthy reviews on – so THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts and EXAMPLES! I’m definitely going to be doing some downloading on my phone today <3

  • thx for sharing! I already use instagram & love! First pic app to download for me too was CameraBag. Can’t wait to update to iPhone 5 to see the camera options! =)

  • Awesome! Thanks so much for posting this. I just got my iPhone last week and I love it! I’ve already downloaded Instagram (and following you, too). It’s super fun, but lame that you can’t go back and look at the photos you’ve fav’d! Can’t wait to check out some of these other apps you posted about! 🙂

  • Thanks for the great post, I have only recently obtained an iphone – am rushing off to check out these aps right now! <3 xxx

  • Great post! I wish blackberry’s had similar apps. I’m hoping to get an iPhone next year though.

  • I’m such a fan of photography, so this was a fun post 🙂 It’s a shame I don’t have an iPhone though would be fun to try these out!
    xxx mervi

    Ps. All you mobile shots are über sweet! 🙂

  • this is such a handy post! thanks for the info…i’ll be switching to an iPhone at the end of this month when I have my phone upgrade and I’m totally going to get a few of these apps!


  • These photos are so lovely.

    My technology challenged self has difficulty figuring these things out. 😛

  • Thanks for this review. I got an iPhone for Xmas and love all the apps especially the photo ones.
    A follow up post I would love you to do is tips on taking good self portraits with your phone. Honestly I look hideous in every photo I take… I really am sure I can’t look so bad in real life!! So any tips on how to hold your head, how far away phone for best effect, should I look into the camera or over the top (should I just put a paper bag over my head) would be greatly appreciated !! Thanks for your blog!

  • Thanks for this post! I have Instagram and Hipstamatic, but I love that you have these reviews and sample shots from other apps. I am going to check them out now in the app store!

  • i love this post, i have to try some of your favorite apps and i want to recomend Pudding Camera, it’s free and fun!

  • I love Picture Show and Tilt Shift Generator as well— have you seen the latest Picture Show update (a couple days ago I think)? They’ve added a tilt shift effect (which is more customizable than Tilt Shift Generator)!!!! One-stop-shop woot!

  • this is a great post. i’ve had the iphone for about a month now and LOVE it. today i found a great free app called retro camera. you should check it out if you haven’t already, its got 5 different types of retro cameras that you can use for different effects.

  • you should look into a app made in hong kong… search for PUDDING.. i promise.. you’ll LOVE IT! many different cameras and films to try out! And also Diptic is another FABULOUS app too!

  • TOTALLY makes me want to get an IPhone seeing all these cool apps….thanks so much!!!

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  • TY LC, i am also inlove with your choice of fonts, like the one that you used for the first pic. which font is that and the one on the bottom!!!

  • ooh I have most of these and love them! i have to be careful not to rely too much on my phone though or I’m never going to get better with my DSLR, haha. ;]

  • Posts like this make me want an iPhone, but not as much as I want your red loveheart hairband…where from? 🙂

  • Thank you for this amazing post! I am going to download some apps for my iphone now lol~


  • Thanks for sharing these. I have been using instigram and just love it, but I’ve never heard of any of the others. I’m excited to download them to my iPhone and just play!

    Thanks again!


  • Thanks so much. I downloaded a few already. I love lo mob! So fun!! I also just got a free Korean instax app…..kind of hard to figure out, but it’s cute, fun, and free!

  • So much cute in one post!

    I just got a Droid Incredible, and I’ve been hunting down comparable apps all week.

    Thanks again for the inspiration…..xx

    Emily at Third Street Photo

  • Lovely photos and a few camera apps for me to try out! Can I also recommend Cross Process as a fun app? You take a photo and it randomises the effects each time. Lots of fun!

  • ooo thanks for sharing! i have most of those but there are a few i haven’t heard of! going to check them out now! have a great weekend.

  • Oh my gosh. I just discovered your AMAZING blog through a friend of a friend and I think I love you. Yeah, me = creepy.

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  • Thanks for the list – there are a few in here I haven’t come across before, so will be checking them out soon! 🙂

  • All of the various photos apps available are the only reason I’ve considered getting an iphone before. These all look so great!

  • oh my gawsh!!! you rock the house!!! actually you rock the building!!-for really!

    i’m totally going to share this. so awesome, downloading everything!

  • I just recently got my new iPhone and have been looking for photo apps ever since, so thanks so much for posting this!! 😀

  • i have all of these but camera bag. you MUST TRY camera genius and iDarkroom…both are so good. i need to get camera bag, obviously; if YOU recommended it, it’s gotta be bombtastic.

  • elsie, you’ve made my day with this post lades!!!! thanks times a billion, i’m stoked about the picture show app and have been playing with it all day.

    socks are officially rocking, thanks bunches and mores. i love your photos total, especially the one with your hearted headband & godzilla messiah is awesome too! you’ve inspired me and i did a post today about it, linked to you as well. cheers, way to keep it unique!

  • I already have most of these, & yesss, they are so fun & wonderful! This post is almost too pretty… I have looked through these pictures 1,548 times at least.

  • super helpful roundup!!! can’t wait to try these out!!!! i need to get the new iphone because my poor iphone 3 doesn’t handle my photo apps so well.

  • Checkout for good reviews on all new photo apps!

    its brilliant!! I’ve found so many good apps through iT!

    Try swankolab, PICtone, Plastic Bullet, CrossProcess, iDarkroom, spica, Toycamera, Cameratan (or Camerasan), Phototreats, and Camera +!

    Download all of those you wont regret it!

  • This was such a good idea!! Thank you so much for all the suggestions, I only had two of these. You continue to inspire me. xo Have a wonderful week <3

  • What a great post! Thank you so much for sharing, I love using these apps and wouldn’t have found such quality apps if it weren’t for your direction! Thank you!

  • very cool post! i just got my ipod touch and now love picture show:)

    also thanks for your ecourse about blogging! its helping me very much building my blog!!

  • I love your blog!…..i’m a photography lover and iPhone lover! I use instagram all the time and I just purchased Picture Show….LOVE IT!

  • Thanks so much for this post!! I’ve downloaded some of these and they’ve made such a difference in my photos and are fun to use. As always, your photos are gorgeous. xo

  • Do you know “Pudding Camera” ? It’s a Corean App. It’s great because you can choose between 5 or 6 kinds of lomography camera and 4 films for each.

  • Hello! Just came across your blog and wanna leave you some really awesome apps for pics!
    you should definitely try out the Big head maker ; Meitu (it’s an chinese app but just click it here & there you’ll figure it out cause the app is simple)
    Hope this helps 😀

  • I love this blog. Here’s another platform for smart looking photos and give them more unique effects by using iphone photo app. I have found best and cool effects from there.

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  • Hey! Thanks for all the iPhone app suggestions. Have you seen any instagram photos that have a snow globe type effect? I’ve seen some really cool pictures with this effect, but can’t figure out how they do it! It just looks like a few white dots scattered on the photo. I”ve even commented on a few of these photos asking, but no response so far. Thanks for any insight you can give me!

  • Thanks so much Elsie, I am getting an iphone this week YAY!!! I mentioned you on my blog and advised my followers that you are my most fav person in Blog-land x

  • I do not have an iPhone (totally envy it though!) I have a Droid. We have camera aps too!! The best is similar to Instagram, but it allows you to edit EVERYTHING! It’s my favorite, I believe they have it for the iPhone too and I really suggest you checking it out. There’s a free version and once you fall in love there’s a pretty cheap pro version 😉

  • i love this post! only thing, i checked, and “picture show” is no longer avalible 🙁

  • Thanks for the recommendations! Downloading Picture Show and Camera Bag as I type. 🙂 Have you used IncrediBooth? Lots of fun!

  • How do you do the double photo in the top left of Pictureshow app? Your photos are great!

  • this is awesome, I was just using Instagram before, but I’m definitely going to have to try out the other ones, I’m new to the iphone world, I’ve always been a BlackBerry user.

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  • Thanx for posting this!!! Wish I could get some of these!!! I have an android… I really want Picture show!! Doing a search on them now to see if any are available for android! =]] Just wanted to tell you about Streamzoo it’s for androids and iphones and it has the diff sizes of pix from phones. Love it and a great communiy for photographers!! Check it out! =]]

  • I always use Hipstamatic, but I keep hearing that more people like Instagram now. Thanks for these other insights here! Check out my new design blog here…

    Cheers, Sara

  • really appreciate this list of apps to use, i recently got hipstamatic and love it, but your photos make it look easier than it is! haha!
    Have you got any tips and/or tricks for using hipstamatic? xo

  • merci beaucoup pour ce poste une grande! j’ai eu beaucoup de réflexions intéressantes en lisant ce que je pourrais simplement mettre en action tout de suite. merci

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  • Pixlr-o-matic is awesome too! Huge variety of filters, light effects and borders. Plus, it’s available for both iPhone and Android 🙂

  • How do you know you will be able to find film for some of the vintage cameras you find? Do you buy them and then research? I ran across a Kodak instamatic with no further information on it. It was cheap so it may not work, but would be so fun to try the vintage cameras.

    Thank you, Shelly.

  • Omigarsh! I love this! Can you possibly make a tutorial for the heart headband? I LOVE THAT HANDBAND! 😀

  • hey Mike. Great review. Just one quoetisn, mine doesn’t show the Advance Lane Guidance feature when I get on the highway (i have it turned on). My tomtom app for the iPhone is version 1.2 also and I live in Canada. Any help? Thanks.

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    i read about it before on your Instagram and i discovered Magic Hour. Someone talked about it in your comments, it’s really great !
    Now, i have to discover Lo-mob ! 😀

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