Snapseed: Best free iOS photo editor
For creative enhancements to photographs, it’s hard to beat Snapseed.
The app includes a slew of tools, from basic tuning and adjustments through to advanced filters, all controlled using a gestural interface. Dragging on the screen defines focal points and the strength of effects, ensuring Snapseed is intuitive and fun to use.
Brilliantly, edits are non-destructive, meaning you can at any point go back and adjust the settings for any given step. And if you happen upon an especially pleasing combination of edits and effects, that can be saved as a custom filter.
Retrica: Best free iOS camera
The iOS Camera app has live filters, but Retrica’s selection is much larger, drawing on decades of photographic styles. Other tools further boost creativity, including vignettes, blurs and borders.
Our favourite feature, though, is the interval timer, which takes a number of consecutive photos and stitches them together in a user-defined layout, and plays them as an animation you can share.
Motion Stills: best iPhone app for Live Photos
Live Photos on iPhone feel like a throwaway novelty, but Google’s Motion Stills makes them properly interesting. Right from the off, this app impresses with auto-playing photos as you browse your feed. But select one and temporarily disable the automatic stabilisation setting and you immediately discover how much Motion Stills has already done to improve things. These superior pics can be exported as GIF loops (either repeating or playing back and forth); alternatively, swipe several pics rightwards to build a queue that’s then exported to video or uploaded to YouTube.
Retrospecs: best free iOS filters app
Remember the good old days of computing? Angry that your shiny new iPhone X captures every blemish when taking selfies? Then use Retrospecs to go truly retro.
Any snap or pic can be transformed into the output of a Game Boy, Amstrad CPC or ancient PC. If that’s not enough, go full ASCII with Commodore PET emulation. (Many more systems can be unlocked with a £1.99 IAP.)
Then mess about with dithering, scanlines and glitch videos, before sharing your masterpiece and making friends wonder why you now look like Max Headroom’s great grandfather.