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article imageInsta-photographer: 4 Image-enhancing Apps for Smartphones

By Daniel Taibleson     Feb 21, 2014 in Technology
With a smartphone, everyone's an aspiring photographer. If you're a professional photographer, you might frown on pocket shutterbugs.
For the rest of us, there's never been an easier, more accessible way to take memorable photos to document life's journey. Better yet, we have the ability to share images with the masses with the mere touch of a screen. No longer is your favorite pet, Gerber-worthy baby or artistic sunset limited to sole-viewership.
Luckily, you don't have to count on talent alone to take share-worthy pictures. Smartphones are hip to the photo-sharing trend and newer models boast professional image-capturing features. Smartphones like the new Google Nexus 5 feature advanced camera settings to capture life's moments. Home in on your inner photojournalist by pairing your smartphone with these image-enhancing apps.
PicLab HD
You're full of sunshine and positivity. PicLab HD lets you share your sunny disposition through pictures. The app features a variety of trendy typefaces you can layer over images to turn your favorite quote into a work of art. Turn your photos into an inspirational poster with any of their preset quotes. You can snap a picture directly from the app or choose an existing photo to edit. More than cute fonts and sayings, the app also boasts tons of image-enhancing features that help fine tune the brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation and blur level of your photos.
Combine your passion for art with your eye for imagery with PicsArt. This app lets creativity shine through with a variety of drawing tools. Turn any photo into a masterpiece that rivals the Mona Lisa. The layer-based interface allows users to draw, paint and watercolor over any image for a unique touch. Specialized tools including cartoonizer, pastel and watercolor give pictures a personalized touch. Not an artist? Adding effects like borders, stickers and clipart graphics help bring out the Picasso in you.
Adobe Photoshop Express
A familiar name even to the least-tech savvy, Adobe Photoshop Express provides entry-level smartphone photographers with photo editing basics. Making edits is quick and easy with auto-fix and one-tap filters. This tool allows novice users to get acquainted with common features like cropping and red-eye correction. Once confidence kicks in, try advanced features to tweak image contrast, exposure and shadows. The free app comes with more than 20 filters and effects to choose from. For next-level editing, the paid version provides professional-grade utilities.
Photo Grid
You've just subjected your little one to an impromptu photo shoot at the zoo and the pics are just too cute. For those times when you just can't choose one photo to share, there's Photo Grid. With this app, you can make an instant collage of your favorite photos and videos to share on every social network. Now your loyal followers will not only admire your darling baby, they'll also envy your creativity. Don't limit yourself to still images. Photogrid also lets users create video stories using images that can be set to music for added impact.
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