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.
Portfolio for iPad
Portfolio-style apps that allow you to show off photos and images in a clean, professional manner abound, but in our experience, quality is hit or miss – mostly miss. Portfolio is one of our favorites since it puts the emphasis on the photos themselves and not on app-based bells and whistles. An especially nice touch for pro photographers: You can set up the app with personalized branding so the albums it produces have the look of a custom-built product. [$12.99; iOS]