For every Snapchat or Instagram, there are dozens (upon dozens) of other apps out there for shooting, editing, sharing, and cataloging our photos. And that doesn't even count all the subpar imitation and knockoff apps hoping to lure in suckers. Still, we've never found one magical photo app that does everything we need. So we typically use several different apps: some for snapping cool photos, some for making them look better, some for organizing them, and some for sharing them. Frankly, some apps are just fun to play with. To help cut through the app-store clutter, we've pulled together our essential list of photo apps for all types of smartphones. These will come in handy, whether you have ambitions of one day going pro or just want an easy way to add doodles to your cat photos.
Offering an especially efficient method for tweaking photos, Afterlight comes loaded with 15 adjustment tools, 56 filters, and 66 different textures to enhance shots in a nearly infinite number of ways. Yet while that sounds horribly complicated and overwhelming, a simple and somewhat no-frills interface streamlines the process. There are also cropping, straightening, and rotational tools, and 75 different preset frames to finish off your image. When you're done, the app lets you export your shots directly to all the major social networks. [$0.99; iOS]