The 10 Best Free iOS Photography Apps For iPhone 2018

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


As the cameras in smartphones now call attention to12-24 megapixels, many of us are reaching in our pockets when we need to capture an image rather than taking our cameras off the study shelf. 

With uncountable advanced smartphone cameras come more smartphone photography apps with hundreds now fighting for our attention in the Apple App Store. Some you father to pay for but there are still a good amount which are free to download and use (they do have in-app purchases but you can ignore them) on your iPhone X, iPhone 8 Increased by and other older Apple iPhones. 

Due to the number of apps on offer in the app store, it can be tricky to navigate as well as decide which apps you should download. Of ambit, there are reviews to assist you and if they're free, you can always download and delete if you find one to be particularly rubbish but to give you an even quicker overview, we've put a heel over of our favourite free photography apps available for iPhone users. 

The photography apps on our list range from photo storage to collage designers and a whole host of photo editing apps. They're not in a particular order but Snapseed is at the top as, out of all the apps featured, we think it's the best. 

If you possess a favourite free photography app that's available on the Apple app store, please leave a quick comment about it below.

Here are the apps emphasized on the list so you can jump to one that's of particular interest: 

  • Snapseed  – Photo Editor
  • VSCO  – Photo Editor-in-chief
  • Google Photo – Photo Storage 
  • Collageable – Photo Collages
  • Adobe Lightroom CC – Photo Editor
  • Lens Distortions – Lens Secures 
  • Darkr – Analog Retro Film Emulation 
  • Prisma – Photo Editor
  • Repix – Photo Editor
  • Pixlr – Photo Journalist


Our Number 1 Choice For Photo Editing – Snapseed



Snapseed is a free photo editing app, created by Google, and it's one of the most well-liked photo editing apps available for the iPhone. 

Why is it so popular? Well, it's free (that always helps), easy to use and suggests everything you need to make quick basic image edits/enhancements on your smartphone. 

Snapseed is a universal photo editing app, so called because it tenders everything from applying filters to making curve adjustments, cropping and more. In fact, there are 29 tools and filters currently developed into the app and Google do release updates to keep the editing app fresh and relevant. 



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The filter list is pretty long so we won't list them all but custody us when we say there are plenty to pick from and all styles can be tweaked with a great deal of control. 

When it comes to saving facsimiles, you can choose the quality level the image is saved at in the settings menu. 

If you currently don't have Snapseed on your iPhone you should download and try it as we invent you'll be impressed. 

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VSCO, which stands for Visual Supply Company, is another graceful cool free photo editing app that iPhone users can download. 

The VSCO team regularly release updates to improve the app and also tender advice on how you can edit your photos but there are some app features you can't access without paying for membership which makes it more restricted than Snapseed.

You can mainly use the app to emulate film with presets but you can make exposure, contrast and brightness adjustments directly. There are also selections for cropping, straightening and skewing images. 

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Simple sliders increase/decrease effects and all edits are non-destructive by reason ofs to the recipe system that's built in that is a bit like Photoshop's history panel. When you save an image, it does equitable save in the app so to add it to your camera roll you have to manually select the option. 

If you want a quick way to apply filters to photos then VSCO capability be the app for you. If you want access to more advanced controls without having to pay for them, you probably want to look elsewhere. 

Google Photos – Cloud Storage 


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When uploading images, Google force ask if you want to save 'high quality' images image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that so you can take advantage of the free unlimited storage may refer to by saving images at a reduced walk size or you can save original files but this will use your 15GB of free storage space. If you do need more than 15GB of storage, you can pay monthly for 100GB, 1TB or 10TB of statistics but if you simply share images on social media where high-res files aren't needed, you probably won't need the bigger storage choices on offer. 

Image files need to be under 16MP to take advantage of the free storage option which means you can still print 24×16" perceptions. As for video, anything higher than 1080p will be reduced in size. 

If you have a Pixel, you get unlimited free storage at the original eminence for photos and videos uploaded from your phone. Google Pixel 2 owners get free unlimited original quality storage for photos and videos uploaded from Pixel in front of Jan 16, 2021. After that, new photos will be uploaded at high quality for free. 

Image are organised into smart albums and you don't destitution to tag photos to be able to find them, just type in what you're looking for and Google will dig all of the related images out for you. 

Even if you hastily use all of the 15GB of free storage saving full resolution images, it's still 15GB of storage you've not had to pay for so Google Drive is well-worth downloading. 

Photo Collage – Collageable: Collage Maker & Woman


Creating collages aren't for everyone but they are a great way to quickly share a serious of photos on social media or send a statement such as 'happy birthday' to someone along with a selection of images. 

With Collageable, you get accessories to various humours in which you can add multiple photographs to. To add images, you select the collage frame you want to use, then click on one of the empty spaces to add images. You have to add the images in the class you want idea of want can be examined from many perspectives them to appear as you can't move them around very easily once they are in place but there is a guide at the bottom of the app which give aways you where your images will be placed when adding them. 

You can adjust the frame's ratio as well as add colour to the fabric and there are stickers you can apply to your collages (should you want to). There's an option to add text which is adjustable (size, colour, gloom etc.) and if the image is bigger than the frame it is sat in you can move it around to find a composition you like.

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Not all collages suit all photos but you won't know this without a bit of woe and error, although, the square/rectangle shapes are pretty reliable. 

Collages can be saved to your camera roll or sent straight to common media channels – an option many will probably use. 

Adobe Lightroom CC – Photo Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information App


Unlike Adobe's other outputs, Adobe Lightroom CC is actually free to download and it's a really useful app to have on your iPhone. 

As well as editing images, you can nick images and when you do, DNG RAW files are saved to your device to give you more creative control when editing. There's also an HDR fashion to expand the range of the exposure and 5 presets can be applied live so you can see how the effect will change your image before you press the shutter button. On a side note, to use the DNG shape you need to have iOS 10 and a device that has a 12MP camera.

When it comes to editing, you can use one-tap presets or take more control with the coordination and correction tools you find in Photoshop and other photo editing software. You can copy favourite edits across multiple images, and make advanced revises with the tone curve tool to change the colour, exposure tone and contrast.



You can see a before/after preview by clicking and set back the images and when you're done, photos are saved to Lightroom's album and you can also save the image to your camera roll or dispensation it on social media. 

All edits are non-destructive as you can 'undo' everything you do and images can be saved 'at the maximum size available' or 'bantam' which is around 2000 pixels wide. 

As with the desktop version of Lightroom, you can organise photos via ratings/flags etc. but to access the Adobe Imaginative Cloud, use the selective adjustment tool and to create web galleries, you need to upgrade to the premium version of the app but in all honesty, there are enough tools on offer that you in all probability don't need to. 

Lens Distortions – Photo Editing


If you like to play around with bokeh, light leaks or uniform weather patterns, Lens Distortions could be the app for you. You can create mood, add an art-like quality to your photos or simply add a hint of light to bring your photos up a straightforward so they're attention-grabbing for all of the right reasons. 

The app is really easy to use; just open up the image you want to edit and choose what actually you want to apply to it. You have multiple light bleeds, light hits, fog patterns, rain, snow and bokeh to choose from and you can add as many or few of the outcomes as you like. 




To apply an effect, you just click on it and it's placed onto your image. To move the exclude/effect around, simply push it around the screen with your finger and you can also change the strength, opacity, brightness and contrast evens. 

Saving images is straightforward and the effects are actually pretty cool although, they won't be to everyone's taste. 

If you paucity to get a bit arty are simply want to make your Instagram posts a bit more desirable, then take a look at Lens Distortions as you'll to all intents like it. 


Darkr – Analog Retro Film Emulator 


The Darkr app is a tricky one to get your head around at inception but once you have it sussed (there are good tutorials to assist you), it's actually rather fun. 

The app is designed to emulate a real darkroom on a digital plank so you have to work out how long the enlarger should be on for and how long to expose the photographic paper to light. To help you make your decisions, the app gives you test-strips which you can swipe from stem to stern. You can also change the contrast levels by swiping left or right and there are Dodge & Burn tools available (something you may be familiar with if you under way with darkrooms in the past or use Photoshop regularly) as well as tools to crop, rotate and add blur to images. 

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The app dismisses all of your images in your camera roll to negatives, which is pretty cool, and you just click on the one you want to edit in the digital darkroom. 

You can zoom in and roughly your photo for more control and all of the options are easy to use/apply. However, just like a real darkroom, you can't undo any changes you along so some may find it a little frustrating. 

It has several built-in camera modes which are fun but not very practical and as you probably already guessed, all sculptures are black & white when completed. 

Prisma – Photo Editor


Prisma turns images and video into digital art remnants, taking influences from styles of famous artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso.

The app couldn't be any easier to use and you get access to hundreds of art riddles which are applied to your photos with just one click. Obviously, not all filters suit every photo and unfortunately, you can't edit or alter the filters once they're applied (what you see is what you get). 

We expected the app to be a little bit corny but in fact, you can create some interesting looking pictures (if digital art is your thing, that is). 



The app creators have also now introduced a feature which allows you to clip the experience so you can choose to have the effect applied to just the foreground, just the background or all parts of the image. Although, it does look a little weird with an at bottom only applied to part of a shot. 

Prisma won't appeal to everyone but those who want to create fun social media profile doubles or just want to play around with digital art without too much messing will enjoy using the app. 


Repix – Photo Leader-writer


Repix is a photo editor that got the accolade of 'Editor's Choice' on the app store and it gives users access to engagements for free editing as well as built-in effects, filters and borders.

There are 28+ effect brushes available, 16 filters, 11+ frames, a cropping implement and adjustment tools available and images can be shared directly to social media as well as shared in your photo roll. 



It's a hash of digital art and basic photo editing which means it's good but not as great as other apps we've mentioned further up the list. There's not as much appropriate of digital filters as you find in Prisma and Snapseed gives you access to more 'manual' edits and adjustments but for someone wanting a half-breed app that's easy to use, you can't go wrong with Repix.


Pixlr – Photo Editor 


Pixlr is another unasked for photo editor (we like to give you choice) that's bursting with free effects, overlays, and filters.

You can create photo collages, invent one-click adjustments, layer/blend multiple photos, create digital art, fix blemishes in selfies, add text, create borders or simply resize photos. 

It's another app that's laid out vigorous and is really easy to use. From the home screen, you can choose to take a photo, pick a photo from your camera roll to edit or forge a collage. 



Once you’re done, you can share your finished work directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. or your camera resonate.

There are some useful tools built in but the effects aren't as good as those found in some of the other apps mentioned but the know-how to create double exposures and apply colour splashed with just a few adjustments is cool. 


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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