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The VSCO Cam offers manual camera controls for focus, shutter speed, white balance and exposure.
The VSCO Cam offers manual camera controls for focus, shutter speed, white balance and exposure.

Apps to amp up your photo skills

Not happy with the images you've clicked on your smartphone? If the camera is good and you're a decent photographer, perhaps the right apps will give you the desired effects

You just spent a lot of money to buy the latest smartphone, which claims to have fantastic camera optics and can take great photographs. But after you click a couple of rather uninspiring photos, you are a bit flummoxed. For the hardware is let down by the poorly optimized software—sluggish camera apps with minimal settings, incorrect image-processing algorithms, the tweaking of colours to make them look richer, and a focus on gimmicks such as filters, rather than genuine image-editing options.

But don’t give up. Try these apps that cover everything from clicking a photo and editing it before you share them with friends on social media, to storing them on the cloud.

SHOOT

The phone’s default camera app may not offer detailed settings, which will compromise the quality of images consistently.

VSCO Cam

Android and iOS

Free

The VSCO Cam offers manual camera controls for focus, shutter speed, white balance and exposure. This gives the user greater control over the quality of photographs being clicked. For new users, some amount of trial and error will provide the perfect learning experience. Post-capture options allow filters and some editing.

ProCamera 8

iOS

300

OneShot

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile

Free (optional in-app, or additional feature, purchases)

Hypelight

iOS

190

STORE

If you click a lot of photos, the phone’s storage space can run out pretty quickly. And, in any case, some users prefer backing up photos online. Either way, it is a win-win situation.

Flickr

Windows PCs, Mac, Android and iOS

Free

EDIT

After you have clicked a photo, you might want to crop it or improve the colours before sharing it on Instagram or with a friend on WhatsApp.

Snapseed 2.0

Android and iOS

Free

Enlight

iOS

250

SHARE

Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are popular, but there is a world beyond the big three networks.

Sendish

iOS

Free

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