Photography

Horizon

☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ Horizon Camera produces a horizontal video no matter what the angle of your camera. Go from photo to video mode with just a tap. Different modes include flex, rotate, and lock. Use filters to liven up your videos. Horizon is free, but offers a premium membership; for $1.99 you get extra support and tools and can make videos without leaving a watermark. Journalists who don’t mind the watermark can give it a test run. New features can be found here. Download the app for iPhones or Androids. Sarah Hunt

☀ ☀ ☀ ☀  Horizon keeps your shot horizontal no matter how you move your camera. The app is straightforward and allows users to shoot video and photo on both the back and front-facing cameras. There are video quality options and a number of filters if you want to work with them. This app should be used by journalists shooting with their mobile device when there is no tripod in sight. The steady quality of the videos makes this app worth trying, as does the fact you won’t have to stretch the video in post-production because, as the title implies, your content will always be horizontal. —Carly Henry

VSCO

☀☀☀☀ VSCO Cam is an image-editing application and photo community. Many of its features are similar to Instagram’s. The main difference: community, expressed through  the VSCO staff-curated VSCO grid.  VSCO Cam specializes in photography rather than social sharing. Journalists can edit photo stories and add captions with VSCO Cam’s clean layout.  — Scotty Bara

☀☀☀☀ VSCO (Visual Supply Company) is a free editing tool for smartphone photographers. The app (at this writing, version 11.2) can make any photo look better. Its array of one-tap, preset filters make it stand out from other apps of its kind. Initially providing 16 filters, it gives users option to purchase more. VSCO accomplishes its goal to “innovate and inspire” with its many photo-sharing platforms. Though the iPhone Photography School rated it a top-10 photo editing app, more recent reviews complain of software glitches. Journalists, of course, should not use tools to alter photos, yet VSCO is still a place of inspiration for young photojournalists and bloggers. — Emily Taylor

☀☀☀☀ VSCO is a mobile photography app that allows users to take pictures and add filters to them. Similar to Instagram, VSCO allows you to upload photos to your profile. What’s different is that you can save other artists’ pictures onto your own profile and create a larger collection. This app would help photojournalists to showcase their work and be recognized by other photographers. It is difficult to get used to the app’s interface at first. But after spending about 10 minutes with it, I could easily maneuver through. — Ashley Altmann

Bubbli

☀☀☀ Bubbli is an app that enables users to create bubble-like 360 degree images with sound of their surroundings. The step-by-step starting guide got me excited about making my first bubble. A larger guide featured informative videos and Frequently Asked Questions. This idea of the app is simple, but I learned that creating decent looking bubble takes time and a steady hand. That means the app might not be practical for a journalist doing a quick deadline-story. But for a long-form piece, Bubbli may be right for adding visual background to a story. —Melissa Szenda