An easy way to manage business cards

CamCard allows users to photograph a business card and upload the information directly to their contacts list.

CamCard is application that allows people to take a photo of a person’s business card and directly upload their information to your phone’s contact list. The free application, available on Apple and Android devices, divides the information into categories within the contact folder. The app allows users to share business cards by sending them internally through the application. Additional information can be added or taken out before the contact information is created. Processing time is minimal and is extremely easy to use.  — Jake Santo 

A quick but basic way to edit photos on your phone

Picsart allows basic photo editing on your phone.

PicsArt is an app similar to Adobe Photoshop. There are great features but the app has somewhat limited functions. It is a useful resource for journalists because it allows for them to edit photos in a pinch and on the go. That access is great for when you have a deadline and you may need to color correct a photo. Available for free on Apple and Androids. — Daria Jenkins

Lightroom offers professional-grade editing

Lightroom CC allows iPhone and Android users to edit their photos at a professional level. The free version of the Adobe app allows you to easily navigate to change the color, brightness and even the saturation of your photos, along with a lot more. The app also offers presets to give your photos a theme to start out with. The upgraded features, for $4.99 a month allow you to selectively edit parts of your photos.  Lightroom CC is great for journalists who may not have access to a high-quality camera to make their photos look clean and professional.  — Kayla Satterfield


Snapseed photo app releases new update

Snapseed allows photo editing for the web, social media.

Snapseed is designed to help journalists and others reframe photos and add filters to enhance them for publication on the web, social media and elsewhere. Snapseed just released a new update with new presets and perspective tools to adjust skewed lines. It offers easy to use pro-level tools. Users can also add text and frames which distinguishes it from other photo editing apps. Journalists will also find it helpful that it can handle JPEGs and DNGs. It is a useful app if a journalist is on the move and does not have time to use photoshop on a computer. Available on Apple and Android.  — Jessica Ferrigno




☀☀☀ Prisma is not your typical photo editing app. Instead of offering ways to tweak brightness and contrast, Prisma gives the user the ability to turn any photo or video into art. The app offers a variety of filters, from comic-style to Picasso. The app also offers an in-app feed where users can share their art. Unfortunately, photojournalists will not find Prisma useful; it filters photos to the point where the result is unethical. — Cat Supawit

Adobe Photoshop Fix

☀☀☀☀ Editing photographs on your mobile device is easy with Adobe Photoshop Fix. Fix can remove unwanted “litter” from photos. Simply select and cut the object you want to remove and a combination of surrounding pixels will fill the empty space. Fix will save these edits into layers so that the product is dimensional instead of flat. These images can be transported across the Creative Cloud for further use. These features may be great for family photos, but journalists who alter their photos can get into big trouble.  Fix is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. — Dillion Eddie


☀☀☀☀ Boomerang from Instagram, available for both iPhone and Android, can add a little flare to your photography. Capture a burst of 10 pictures and watch them morph into a mini video. Post the video short to social media or send it as a message or email.  The process is quick, easy and fun. There are similar apps, but Boomerang’s large audience makes it hard to beat. Video loops are a nice change from still images. This app could be useful for journalists who want to try different forms of media. Nisa Ayral


☀☀☀☀☀ In a time where gifs rule the internet, ImgPlay is an essential tool for journalists. Other top-rated Graphics Interchange Format (gif) creators restrict you to using videos from sites like Vimeo or Youtube. ImgPlay lets you make gifs out of pictures, videos, live photos, bursts or straight from the camera. Editing features such as cropping, filters, text, reverse and playback speed makes creating quality gifs easy. When you’re finished creating, you’re able to upload the gif to social media from the app. ImgPlay is free and only available on the App Store. — Leah Soto


☀☀☀☀ Pixlr is a free app allowing you to edit photos or create collages on all platforms, with features comparable to Adobe Photoshop Express. Pixlr has a wider array of editing tools and may be easier for beginners, but Photoshop Express is the better collage option. Formerly Pixlr Express, the app’s fine-tuning abilities go well beyond the basics, but everything is laid out in a straightforward manner, so even novices can navigate the app. Journalists are always searching for quality in a quick editor, and this does the job. You can even use the web version of Pixlr at home. — Cole Feinbloom

A Color Story

☀☀☀☀ A Color Story allows you to edit and enhance your photos, transforming their colors into bright, vibrant hues. It has tutorials for beginners that show you how to make your photos outstanding by using more than 100 filters.  While the app itself is free, some filters have to be purchased. A Color Story’s 40 effects and 20 tools include ones that adjust curves, vibrance and sharpness, blur and grain. You can create your own filters for future use. Available for both iOS or Android. Sarah Hunt