Windows Phone 8's native camera app offers a unique feature for mobile photographers: its "lenses" allow users to extend the capabilities of the native camera app. From the Windows Phone 8 camera, users tap the lens button and then select the lens that they want. Windows Phone 8 lenses range from the trippy Kaleidoscope lens to the more practical Ready Click lens, but Windows Phone 8 has plenty of options beyond its lenses feature.
1. FhotoRoom; Free
A photo capturing app as well as an editor, FhotoRoom regularly dominates the Windows Store's “best of” section. Along with the basic exposure, cropping and color corrections, FhotoRoom features filters and frames to give your images a distinct look.
2. Lomogram; Free
Fans of Instagram's lo-fi look do not have to feel left out on Windows Phone 8. Lomogram offers 42 filters, 72 lightening effects, and 49 borders that can be combined to make a unique look. Unlike Instagram, many of Lomogram's filters allow users to maintain whatever aspect ration they want and the plethora of options provided by Lomogram ensures that your photo won't be the same "lo-fi" as everyone else's.
3. Fantasia Painter; Free, $1.99
For some mobile photographers, the original image is just the launching point for a new composition. After layers of brushes and edits, the final photo may look totally different. For those mobile photographers, Fantasia Painter is the perfect app. It offers basic painting tools and filters as well as Photoshop-esque effects like the clone stamp.
4. Thumba Photo Editor; $0.99 (Also available for iOS)
Windows Phone 8’s editor already offers a limited array of filters. Thumba Photo Editor expands on these options and allows for borders and on-picture captions. Thumba Photo Editor also has a customizable tilt-shift tool and color adjustments.
5. Pictomaphone; $0.99
For quick fixes, Pictomaphone has you covered. Originally developed for Windows Phone 7, this app offers multiple tools to fix the colors of your images as well as tools for glows, blurs, in addition to the warming filters that seem to come standard with most novelty editors.
Let's hear from you: What Windows Phone 8 apps are you using to take photos?