Photography

Forevery Photo

☀☀☀☀ Do you have hundreds — or thousands — of photos in your phone? Organize them with the free app Forevery Photo. Sort images by person, place, thing or time, or set up your own categories. Connect to Dropbox and Google Drive to share photos on your devices. Clarifai, an award-winning artificial intelligence company, developed the app in 2015 and updates it regularly. When videos can be easily sorted too, that will be a welcome addition. Highly recommended for bloggers and photojournalists whose days revolve around picture-taking. The app permits image sharing via social media outlets and text messaging. — Emily Taylor

Phhhoto

☀☀☀ Phhhoto, a GIF-developing app, allows users to film their own (hopefully action-packed) four-frame video loops. To record, users tap a circle on the bottom of the screen and wait for four dots to finish flashing.  As a user gains more followers, the feed livens up, feeling  more like an Instagram feed. But that only works if your friends are there to make your Phhhoto experience feel personalized. The app is fun, but doesn’t lend itself to storytelling and likely won’t capture enough of a following to stand strong on its own.  — Kelsey Hess

Adobe Capture CC

☀☀☀☀ Adobe Capture CC is a mobile app that can turn any image into digital art. See your photos become brushed art, graphic images and more. Art projects can be synced to the widely accessible Adobe Creative Cloud library. This app allows journalists to create graphics to complement their stories while out in the field with only a mobile device. The Creative Cloud library allows journalists to upload their work straight to their computer in the cloud. Adobe Capture CC helps them create graphics that make those stories come alive visually. — Scotty Bara

iSupr8

☀☀  iSupr8 transforms any smartphone into a vintage camera. This $3 video shooting/editing app provides authentic camera functions, including film rates and sizes, but is not worth its lofty price. User-friendly, especially for those unfamiliar with cameras,it gives brief descriptions for each button. More in-depth instructions are needed. There are 14 unique filters; however, each must be purchased for another 99 cents. Further, the saving options for edited videos appear to not work properly. Capturing footage with a vintage flair may be popular among photojournalists and bloggers, but more economical apps exist, such as Old Video PRO. —Emily Taylor

JamSnap

☀☀☀ The idea of JamSnap is to capture moments with picture and sound. Start up instructions were easy; the app takes no time to figure out. A major issue: I have iOS 9.2, more than meeting the requirement iOS 7.0 or later, but the app crashed every time I tried to use its main function. I was able to take a photo, but as soon as I began to capture sound, the app shut down. If the app did work, it may provide a new way journalists to create engaging content. Imagine setting up the scene of a busy street corner, and having three audio clips included. Click three separate areas of the photo for a corresponding sound clip, such as a horn honking or an interview with a businessman walking. — Melissa Szenda

Tagg.ly

☀☀ Tagg.ly is a mobile app that quickly adds text to images. Multimedia journalists on-the-go could use the app to tag a picture to claim it as their own. However, the app is too simplistic to be as useful as it could be. You can enter in your name/title, a logo or URL, and choose to turn on date and location identifiers. But you cannot change the font, size, color or location of the text and this template drastically limits the app. It is easier to use another photo editing app that adjusts contrast and size in addition to adding text. —Lauren Hornberger

ThingLink

☀☀ ThingLink is an app that turns still photos into interactive images. Using ThingLink, you can add commands that open additional photos, text, website links, and Youtube videos, just by clicking the image. In theory, ThingLink could be a great journalistic tool that goes beyond the traditional infographic. Unfortunately, the app falls flat. Frequent error messages and lack of use hold the app back. News outlets such as the BBC are recent users of ThingLink. But there seems to be little interaction between content creator and app user. ThingLink has potential yet untapped. —Lauren Hornberger

Afterlight

☀☀☀☀ The $0.99 price tag on this photo-editing app is paid off 10-fold with the 15 image-enhancing photo tools that Afterlight features and the 70+ filters. Afterlight also includes framing and cropping tools, allowing you to add light and texture to your photos. The amount of control that this app gives you in editing your photos could be overwhelming for someone looking for simple editing, but it’s perfect, even glorious, for the experienced Instagrammer. A drawback: you cannot zoom in on photos while editing. Overall, though, the app reigns. —Jamee Lind

PicPlayPost

☀☀☀ Simple. Clean. Not very intuitive but after tinkering you figure it out quickly. A good video collage app, but lacking editing features. Your videos can fade in or out, or play sequentially, but that’s it. You can control the volume of background music, but no fade-ins there. Because PicPlayPost was quick I could see journalists using it in the field, hopefully to show multiple angles of the same event at the same time.  — Gregory Walsh

Seene

☀☀☀ Seene allows you to take 3D pictures. It was quick to learn and quick to execute. The quality of the images holds up and doesn’t blur when viewed in 3D. While not life-changing, Seene provides more depth than normally felt. Being able to see both the front and side of a statue, for example, provides more (2 for 1, so to speak). My only complaint: I wish you could show not just 90 degrees but the whole 360-degree view. —Gregory Walsh