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.
Long the photo app that pros turn to when sprucing up their iPhone shots, the latest update added welcome features and design tweaks like AntiShake stabilization, a 6x full resolution zoom, and a RapidFire burst mode that snags up to 10 shots per second. There's also a smooth video focus with real-time video zoom and 120fps slow-motion capture that is fun (and brings slo-mo to older iPhones). Our favorite though is the Night Camera function for sharp, low-noise night shots with the ability to change shutter speeds up to a second for amazing night shooting. [$2.99; iOS]