They say the best cameras are the ones you can take with you everywhere, and that has never been truer with smartphone cameras — which have come a long way since their inception. In this social media age, where photos can be uploaded within seconds, your trusty smartphone camera — along with some fantastic photo editing apps — can help you amp up your Instagram game.

There is a plethora of photo editing apps on the app store, which do more than just adding dog filters onto your selfies. These apps offer professional image tools for photographs you take on your travels or daily life. You can edit your photos on the go, by tweaking the lighting and hues of an image, adding film-inspired filters to create vintage-looking photos, and even sharing the pictures with other photographers online.

Whether you’re using the iPhone 7 Plus’ impressive portrait mode or the Huawei P10’s Leica lenses, here are 6 photo editing apps you need to try out — so you can take your mobile photography skills (and Instagram feed) to a whole new level. We recommend using a combination of these photo editing apps for optimum results.

(Image credit: Tyler Hayward)

1
VSCO

Visual Supply Co, abbreviated as VSCO, is one of the more popular apps around, with many professional photographers using it as their app of choice. The photo editing app features a clean and fuss-free layout, a variety of filters, superior mobile presets and advanced camera controls. You can also interact with other photographers in the VSCO community.

Available for free (with in-app purchases) on iTunes and Google Play Store

(Image credit: @vsco

2
Warm Light

This photo editor by Apalon allows you to apply designer filters, overlays and access extended image editing parameters for professional looking shots. With the app’s smart exposure control, you can also set the ISO and shutter speed manually before taking a shot.

 Available for S$7 on iTunes

(Image credit: @marijn0305)

3
Snapseed

Google’s powerful photo editing app for your phone offers 26 tools and filters which include “Healing” (to remove undesired spots), “Brush” (to enhance parts of the picture) and “Transform” (to alter the perspective). There is also an “Insights” feature with tips and tricks about using Snapseed to improve your photos.

Available for free on iTunes and Google Play store. 

(Image credit: @antonidacampo)

4
Mextures

Slightly different from the other photo editors we’ve mentioned, Mextures features hundreds of textures, authentic film presets, and professional grade adjustments — resulting in beautiful, vibrant photos. There is even an option to share your unique formula (a combination of filters you use) with the community.

Available at S$2.80 on iTunes

(Image credit: @mextures

5
Adobe Lightroom

Adobe has brought its popular photo editor Lightroom, to mobile, so you can now edit your photos on the go. You can access, edit, organise, and share photos on your iPad, iPhone or Android device — and have your changes sync seamlessly with the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC desktop app, or from your Lightroom account on the web.

Available for free on iTunes and Google Play

(Image credit: @lightroommobile)

6
SKRWT

SKRWT aims to fix distorted lines you get with the wide-angle lens on mobile phones, so it’s more focused on correcting perspective distortion rather than applying filters and overlays on images. Additionally, the app features high-precision mirror effects.

Available at S$ 2.98 on iTunes or Google Play

(Image credit: @doyouskrwt)

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.