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5 apps for the Windows Phone 8 photographer

From the Windows Phone 8 camera's main viewing screen, the lens library can be accessed by pressing the icon with the arrows. However, there's much more for photographers outside of the native camera app.

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.

Fhotoroom is both a capture app and photo editor in one.

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.

Lomogram has dozens of filters to choose from.

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.

Fantasia Painter functions independently from the lens system and allows for precise, artistic edits.

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. 

Thumba's tilt shift tool allows for radius, blur, and saturation 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.

Pictomaphone can adjust color on multiple levels.

Let's hear from you: What Windows Phone 8 apps are you using to take photos? 


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5 apps.... that's about 1 more app than actual Windows phone users, right ? ;)


Thanks! Keep the Windows Phone articles coming!

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How about ProShot and CameraPro? Both of which offer a vastly improved interface for taking pictures in the first place. I use these extensively and they put the controls at your finger tips. From manual focus, to manual exposure comensation to live histogram. The only thing missing is a custom autofocus algorithm and auto exposure settings (center weighted, average, spot) that lock exposure to the autofocus point. But I think this is a WP8 limitation rather then the apps fault.

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LoMob is noteworthy as well. A creative array of filters and a beautiful interface combine to make it at the top of my editing list.


The only issue with these is that none of these apps (or at least I am unaware) can be launched by the dedicated camera button. :(


Yes they can, at least indirectly. On the Lumia 920 press the camera button and then button with the 2 arrows pointing in two directions.

Using this method on my Lumia I then have access to BLINK, Panorama, Picture Recorder, Smart Photo, Photosynth, SophieLens PRO, Bing Vision (bar codes and text scanner) etc.

To make a camera app work this way it must be implemented as a so called "lens" which makes it possible to open it from the built-in cameara app.

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Thanks for the list. I am using SophieLens which is very nice. It does not make full size images but the filters are really great. Images appear very sharp when using the monochrome filters which I like a lot.

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