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.
Prezent offers a new and clever twist on portfolio apps: It seamlessly integrates both still images and video into one presentation showpiece. While that may not seem so hard for editors, for novices it's incredibly useful, and most apps we've tried are either strong on video or strong on stills but almost never both. Once you've loaded up multimedia content, place photos and videos side by side. When a video pops up, it begins rolling immediately, giving the portfolio a fluid feel – and you can even combine video within a still image. The effect is pro-style production – but it will be accomplished by an amateur. [$8.99; iOS]