My iOS App Picks for 2014 – iOS Photo Apps

I tend to keep my photography over on iPadDarkroom, but since I’m writing about iOS photo apps that I’ve discovered or have dominated my work this year, it seemed fitting to look at apps that have influenced my photo work.

You’ve likely seen some work created with these apps before, but they’re worth profiling again as my picks because they’ve stood head-and-shoulders above the other apps in the photo editor / filter space.

So, on to the apps…

Photo Editing and Filter


A late entry into the iOS photo editing category, Pixelmator captured my heart first on the Mac with it’s Photoshop-like editing features at a non-Photoshop-like price point. Especially captivating was the Repair tool, which is basically an intelligent erase brush that is content aware – which means that you can easily edit people out of your image, and have the shot look natural.

For example, this advert for Whistler, a ski resort in Alberta. Looks much better without the distracting people, tram text and that one pine tree 🙂


As well, Pixelmator has a host of other features you’d expect to find in a high-end image editing app — check out the video for more.

Download Pixelmaor iOS directly from the Apple App Store.


Honourable Mention


Occasionally you’ll come across an app the does one thing, but does it better than any other app. Waterlogue is that app for transforming your images into water colours.

Waterlogue captivated me early this year. I spent many hours experimenting with it learning that bright and lighter images tended to work better than dark, that small images gave interesting brush-stroke results. And that yes, when printed on water colour paper, the image did not disappoint.

Another option is to print on water colour paper, then add your own brush strokes over it, to make the image truly unique.

If you’re looking for an alternative treatment to some of your images, then Waterlogue is an app to explore.



Sunflowers and Fence

Fall colours at Black Nugget Lake