PicShop ? Photo Editor.
Let's start with the bad news. As advanced as the cameras are on the latest smartphones, they'll never produce photos as good as the ones you can snap on a decent point-and-shoot.
The good news is that it doesn't matter. Thanks to the dozens of photography apps available (or hundreds, in the case of iOS and Android), you can transform even the most average-looking snaps into works of art without needing to know a thing about image editing or having to go through a desktop computer.
The simple one-touch controls in most smartphone apps can have you producing Photoshop-like effects in no time, which more than makes up for a smartphone camera's deficiencies. With the following apps installed on your smartphone, you'll be able to replace the default camera app, apply basic and advanced adjustments, add fancy effects and even replicate some of the features of a digital SLR.
Camera+ works well for taking photos, and works even better for editing them afterwards. The 'Clarity' effect alone is worth the 99c pricetag for bringing out dramatic detail in your pictures.
Camera Awesome gets our pick as the best replacement for the iPhone's camera app, as most of the plentiful shooting modes – including stabiliser, burst and timer – are within easy reach of the viewfinder.
Camera Zoom FX
If you only had space for one photography app on your Android device, make it Camera Zoom FX. On top of the standard features, it comes with a load of cool extras such as voice-activated shooting and the ability to edit famous people into your photos.
ProShot takes advantage of the unique 'lens' feature in Windows Phone 8, which makes it easy to access third party photography apps within the default Camera app. Extra features such as a histogram and manual focus make this app ideal for experienced photographers.
Until Instagram makes its long-awaited debut on Windows Phone, Fhotoroom is a more than capable substitute. Along with a full set of scene modes, it comes with a nice selection of filters and frames you can apply to your photos.
PicShop – Photo Editor
Photography apps are slim pickings on BlackBerry 10, but PicShop – Photo Editor is the best of the small bunch thanks to the full selection of editing tools on offer. There are plenty of fun features, too, such as novelty stickers and a 'meme maker'.
The gesture-based controls take a little getting used to, but once you master the various vertical and horizontal sliders for fine-tuning each effect, the powerful Snapseed will quickly become your go-to app for enhancing your smartphone snaps.
It's an oldie but a goodie thanks to the huge user community and great-looking retro filters. Sharing isn't limited to the Instagram network – you can also share your snaps with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
The sheer variety of effects in Pixlr Express makes it worthy of a place on your smartphone. As well as the standard editing tools and filters, it comes with dozens of unique overlays such as bokeh and grunge.
Taking one photo per day for a year may sound easy, but you'd be surprised at how quickly it falls by the wayside. Photo-365 helps keep the project going with its slick design, support for multiple photos per day and social media sharing options.
Why waste money on real photo booths when you can reproduce the same effects on your smartphone? Pocketbooth's one-time 99c fee gets you unlimited photo strips that you can share on social media, and you can even pay a little extra to have them professionally printed.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a collection of pictures tells the full story. PicFrame makes it dead easy to group up to nine photos together in adjustable frames, with loads of different shapes, corners and backgrounds to choose from.
Take your panorama shots to the next level with the free Photosynth app. As well as supporting the standard left to right panoramas, it can also incorporate the up and down directions to create a full sphere.
Big Lens is a clever app that makes it look like your photos were taken by a digital SLR. Its main trick is replicating a narrow depth of field by selectively blurring parts of the photo.
FocusTwist is the first app that lets you change the point of focus in your photos after you've shot them – subject to a few caveats. You have to take the original photo with FocusTwist and the objects in your photo need to be a specific distance from the camera.
HDR may be a standard option in iOS and certain Android smartphones, but the effect is subtle. Pro HDR delivers results that are far more dramatic, lifting out the highlights and shadows to produce stunning shots that rival those out of a pro-level digital SLR.
Ever wish you could combine several group photos to get that one perfect shot where everyone's smiling? GroupShot lets you do just that with no photo editing experience whatsoever. Simply colour in the parts of each image and watch GroupShot merge them together like magic.
PhotoFunia is an entertaining alternative to the 'serious' image editors, integrating faces into more than 300 different scenes. It's not a strict cut and paste job, either, as PhotoFunia edits and adjusts each face to match the scene perfectly.
Tired of the over-simplified smartphone photo editors? Filterstorm is the app to use when you want to get your hands dirty. It's like Adobe Lightroom for iOS, only with controls that are easily accessed on a touchscreen, such as layers, curves, noise reduction and masking.
TouchRetouch makes removing unwanted objects from your photos – quite a complex task in Photoshop – as easy as using an eraser. Whether it's a stray person wandering into your photo or an ugly building in the background, this app magically whisks them away while keeping the rest of your image intact.