Best Photo Editing Apps: Our All-Time Favorites

Next to texting and making calls, I would say that my iPhone’s most-used function is its camera. I take a lot of pictures, people! So, naturally, I get really excited over the latest apps for editing those pictures—here’s a list of my current favorites!

Diptic ($0.99)

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Because I like taking pictures, it’s difficult not to overwhelm my Facebook friends with an overabundance of shots. Diptic lets me combine multiple images into one to create a collage, which I actually enjoy a lot more in the long run, since collages are a creative way of telling a story about your day.

Over (Free)

I like cheesy quotes and illustrations, OK? And sometimes I like to put those cheesy quotes and illustrations on my pictures. If, like me, you occasionally like to overlay your images with artwork and text, this app lets you do so in an incredibly simple and beautiful way.

Darkroom (Free)

There are a lot of great editing apps out there—I know, because I have far more of them downloaded on my iPhone than I could ever possibly use. But, as of right now, Darkroom is my favorite. It yields beautiful results with minimal effort, offering a simple interface and variety of adjustable filters.

Slow Shutter Cam ($1.99)

One thing I missed about my DSLR when I started using my iPhone more was the ability to take long exposures. This app makes up for that, allowing me to use its extended exposure settings to capture trailing lights, blurred subjects in motion, and sharper images in darkly lit settings.

Hyperlapse (Free)

OK OK. This is an app for shooting video, not editing images. But Hyperlapse is seriously so much fun. It allows you to convert videos as long as 45 minutes into time-lapse recordings up to 12 times faster than your original video. I took a video of a snail and fell in love with the end result—time-lapse recordings of sunsets, airplane flights, and busy freeways are fun subjects too! 

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Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).