Some people take photos seriously – knowing the angle, making sure there’s good lighting, using high-end lenses.  Photography entails a lot of work from taking photos to post-processing them. And while others use paid software to post process pictures, there are actually some that work well and you don’t have to pay a buck for it. These mobile applications are widely used by photography newbies to promote their works on social media, or simply by anyone who wants to upload a nicely edited photo.


Pronounced as visco, VSCO cam is a popular photo editing application available for both iOS and Android. It has a huge collection of ready made filters, and also basic editing tools like brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, highlights, shadows, among others. It takes a little while to get used to especially for beginners as the editing tool names are codes and symbols instead of words. But overall, it has enough features for professional editing.


Flickr is a photography enthusiast’s haven. You can use it for editing, hosting, and sharing pictures. It has advanced editing tools that make it better than the more popular Instagram. It has no photo size restrictions, and can even accommodate panoramic ones. However, Flickr app is not as user friendly as the others. It is available for both iOS and Android users.

Photo Editor by Aviary

Just like the previous two applications, Photo Editor by Aviary has cool editing tools such as ready made filters and photo effects. This app also allows you to add texts, drawings, and stickers to pictures. While not the most advanced in terms of features, this app appeals to non-professional users as it is very easy to use and has all the basic editing tools. Photo Editor by Aviary is available for both iOS and Android.


Snapseed is almost like VSCO with its preset filters and available editing tools. This app is convenient to use for multiple photo editing. It is user friendly and requires only a few swipes to get the photo effect you need. Snapseed is also available in iOS and Android.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop is the most popular desktop photo editor. The mobile application Adobe Lightroom is sort of a downgraded, free, and user-friendly version of the Photoshop. It is only available to use in an iPad, but can be used in conjunction with Lightroom for Mac. The iPad version of Adobe Lightroom has all the basic editing tools that you need, and you will have to pay for Adobe subscription if you plan to use it with all its advanced tools.

Applying some finishing touches to your photo, whether taken from your mobile or your high end DLSR, requires some skills. These photo editing apps are perfect for beginners and professional alike, as they are not intimidating, but certainly are able to do the job. There are other mobile software that are available for free, but these five are the best because they have most of the professional and advanced tools that can give you a more interesting post processed photo.

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