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Sometimes, I feel sorry for educated photographers that spent thousands of dollars and years of their lives studying the subject in school. Since mobile devices have advanced in camera technology, we are all taking pro-quality pictures of our cats every day.

We love iPhone photography so much around here that we have an entire section dedicated to it. So, we take new apps in the category pretty seriously. We sat down with the new releases for 2014 and decided which ones stand out for their awesome features. Then, we voted on the best. Below is a list of the winner, runner-ups, and the best all-time photography app.

The best Photo app of 2014

Pixelmator

Pixelmator best photo app

When Apple launched the iPad Air 2, it became the fastest tablet on the market. Because of the zippy processor, high-grade graphics, and 2GB of RAM, the makers of the Mac photo editing app decided that there is finally a mobile device worthy of their program. Thus, Pixelmator finally came to the iPad. The rich, full-featured tools make it a professional photo editing app, not a fun little filter for your iPad. It supports bitmap and vector graphics, layered editing, and Photoshop files. You can create unique looks from premade filter templates, or start from scratch. Build on an already perfect snapshot, or fix lighting mistakes by removing color cast, adjusting white balance, and more. You can save your project in iCloud and continue editing on your Mac computer, as well. This app is available for $9.99.

The runner ups

Manual

Manual

Focus is the focus of this camera app. It’s not an editing tool. The key features give the user better control over such factors as depth of field, low-light shooting, and warmth. You can manually adjust the focus using a slider bar to pinpoint exactly what you want to be the clearest in your picture, whether it is in the front or background. The warmth tool lets you prepare for gray images with a preset for cloudy days. Your bright colors will pop without the need of additional editing in post. The adjustable shutter speed makes it possible to draw in all available light in dark situations. This app is available for $1.99.

Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse

Instagram’s version special is the stabilization technology that makes a moving time-lapse video as smooth as if the camera were sitting on a tripod. Utilizing the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer, the app can smooth out rotating pans and even a bit of the shaking that comes with walking. It’s like there is a Steadicam built right into your iPhone. If you don’t care for the photography-based social networking site, you don’t have to worry. You can still use Hyperlapse to create mini movies without an account and share them however you wish. This app is available for free.

The best Photo app ever

Camera+

Camera+ iPhone 6

Of course, we can’t end this post without mentioning what we think is the best photography app to ever come out on iOS. With this camera app, you have significantly more control over important functions, like white balance, focus, and exposure, all before taking a picture. Focus and exposure can be locked into place so that, no matter where you move or how the shadows change, the picture will come out the way you want it. After you’ve taken your shot, you can edit the image in post with a huge variety of filters, and adjustments in the “Lab.” The editing tools are also available as an App Extension in Apple’s stock Photos app so you can take advantage of the many filters without having to import photos. This app is available for $1.99.

What is your favorite photo app of 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • AnoNymouz

    pixelmator… was using it just a few moments ago before i got here.

  • Hector Ricky Flores

    VscoCam left out?

  • Capirexz

    Camera+ for me.

    • BoardDWorld

      Camera+ obstructs the view finder with its interface, otherwise it is extremely good. Manual is far worse as it STILL doesn’t have timer settings despite saying it was going to when it was first released. How dumb, Manual controls without a timer… Actually I might apply for a refund from Apple.

      • thecrack101

        wut?!

      • BoardDWorld

        wut?!

      • thecrack101

        Interesting…

      • BoardDWorld

        wut?!

      • DeathSlashsr

        wut?!

  • Truc

    Anyone who mainly use apple Camera app like me?
    To be honest, I am too lazy to calibrate before taking a photo.
    Just tap and shot! done.

    • And the stock app is much faster to launch, and in comparison to some of these alternative apps has a better UI (but not the best)

    • BoardDWorld

      Depending on the scene there’s no way you can achieve the same quality photo. Macro & evenings/night especially.

    • Kimball

      If only a jailbreak tweak to add manual controls in the standard app would arrive, I miss that alot!

  • Norbi Whitney

    For me ProCamera is the best thing. Full manual controls and focus, as well as manual bracketing and a VERY efficient HDR mode.

    • BoardDWorld

      That does look extremely good, thanks for pointing it out. Is it able to save to within the app in the same way Camera+ does?

      • Norbi Whitney

        Glad I could help.

      • Ian Leon

        And it has a qr code scanner

    • themacmonk

      Another vote for ProCamera 8. I use the default Camera for the quick shots at a moment’s notice. When I know I’m going to be taking pictures ahead of time, well, I’ve tried tons of them and always keep coming back to ProCamera.

  • HowCanYouSayThat

    Like camera+

  • Slifur

    That gaming mouse tho. Captain?

    • Carlos Medina

      Logitech G500 cheap on amazon for like 50$ and pretty good as well

    • That’s my Logitech G502, which I talk a bit about in my holiday gift guide that’ll be coming soon. I absolutely love it.

      • Carlos Medina

        just bought them not to long ago and I am in love. was thinking of going with the wireless option but something told me to go with the G502.

  • 9to5Slavery

    Cortex Camera and Manual Camera for anti-bokeh built in effect from ios8 making pictures blurry.

  • Mallouk Malek

    It’s not fair to choose an iPad app, since most of ppl use their phones for editing.
    I love the app, but I think you should have divided the result in two categories iPhone and iPad 😉

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    Manual is my favorite for sure! I love the manual focus in my macro photography! (taken with Manual and edited in Snapseed)

    • BoardDWorld

      Until it has a self-timer it’s useless for mounted night seen’s.

      • Tommmy

        Thanks for the info.

  • Arya Kalashi

    Camu <3

  • jimphoto

    The new update for manual has improved the interface quite a bit. I loved the update to the learnphoto365 app for inspiration

  • Brad Mayfield

    ProCamera

  • leart

    My favorite is ProCamera, but still feel more comfortable on stock camera app..

  • PhotoForge was amazing before Yahoo acquired them and the app became unavailable. I’m still searching for an iPhone photo app that can match what they did. Camera+ is and has been my favorite shooting app, I agree with you on that one.

    I think VSCo offers a lot of versatility beyond the filters available for purchase, but Instagram themselves seem to be stepping it up by offering tools that adjust shadows/highlights, contrast, saturation, etc. Most of the time I use Camera+, if I’m looking for a specific feel or effect then I import into VSCo and do the rest. PSMobile has the best easy-to-use options for color balancing after shooting though, I use the app occasionally for those kinds of tweaks.

    Honestly, I’m a pretty picky photographer that’s tried most every app that’s been reviewed in blogs or online and those have been the few that haven’t been scrapped and deleted. If you’re reading this and haven’t invested the $2.99 into buying Camera+, do it- even if you don’t purchase anything else.