5 Best iPhone Photo Apps to Use with Instagram

5 Best iPhone Photo Apps to Use with Instagram

Just when you thought the Instagram experience couldn’t get any better, the app nerds here at The Recapp rounded up the best iPhone photo apps we could find to add to your Instagram repertoire.

Unless you’ve been living on a deserted island for the past year (try the Toaster filter for beach shots) or stuck under a rock with zero bars on your smartphone (the Walden filter works well to brighten up those dark photos), don’t tell us you haven’t heard of Instagram. We’re already stuck on viewing the world through those quirky Instagram filters, and we are sure we’re not the only ones.

Instagram is a free photo-sharing app that allows users to take photos, apply filters and share them on the service or a collection of other social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr and Posterous. In September of 2011, Instagram reported that the popular photo app reached 10 million registered users—just 355 days after its debut. That number has continued to increase, and, of course, there is an Android version of the popular social photo-sharing app in the works. Please be patient, Android users!

With all the hype surrounding Instagram, why not bring your photo sharing, editing, filtering, commenting, liking, following and browsing to a whole new level? Get your iPhone fired up and your iPhoneography skills going. Download these five iPhone photo apps for the ultimate Instagram toolkit.

My InstaAlbum

Now you can finally get an in-depth look at how you use Instagram just by browsing and organizing your own photo albums. With My InstaAlbum, you can view your Instagram photos by date, location, tag or filter. This app makes it easy and fun to review your work in easy-to-access albums.

My InstaAlbum also allows users to share their best work on Facebook and Twitter or by email. You can even connect your Dropbox account and save photos straight off your smartphone. With a straightforward interface and tons of sorting features, you’ll discover which filters you use most on Instagram, your most photographed locations and the types of tags that describe your Instagram habits best. ($1.99 for iPhone)


As the Instagram user base grows into the tens of millions, it’s even more difficult to find new iPhoneographers to follow if you have something particular in mind. Now, you can get lost in the world of Instagram with this realtime search app that customizes the experience around what photos interest you most.

Instamap redefines the way in which we browse Instagram photos by tailoring subscriptions. Users of Instamap can browse through photos based on location, tag or Instagramer. No matter what point on our planet you choose or what tag piques your interest, you can see the latest corresponding photos posted live in realtime. Whatever your Instagram taste, Instamap is sure to satisfy your iPhoneography hunger just the way you like it. ($1.99 for iPhone)


When sharing your iPhoneography via social networks or email, why limit yourself to only one photo at a time? Show off a clever collection of your photography skills with PicFrame. This iPhone photo app is the perfect companion to Instagram, because you can customize photo groupings and create digital collages all in one frame.

Select the frame mockup from the photo app’s extensive layouts and simply tap the frame to start adding your images. Select images from your iPhone’s camera roll and easily alter the size of the different sections in each frame by using the adjustment tools. You can then share the picture collages via email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Flickr. There is even an option to open your collage with another app already installed on your iPhone if you want to do some serious photo editing. ($0.99 for iPhone)


Who knew one app could provide so many photo-editing options? The iDarkroom photo app not only has the traditional filters found in most image-editing apps, it goes above and beyond with color-contrast adjustments, a variation of blurring techniques, unique texture effects and a range of cropping options that are sure to bring attention to your iPhoneography skills. It’s never been easier to spice up your Instagram photos.

The four main features of iDarkroom include cropping, special effects, color and texture tweaking, and level adjustments. The main control panel provides the option to take a new photo with your iPhone’s camera or select an image from your camera roll. Once you’ve tweaked to your heart’s content, save your image and share it via email or connect directly to a list of social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Evernote or Tumblr. ($0.99 for iPhone)

Color Splash

For lovers of black and white photography, try adding emphasis to those special focal points with rich splashes of color. Color Splash is an easy-to-use photo app that allows iPhoneograhers to bring back color in selective sections of their black and white photos.

Color Splash automatically converts imported photos to black and white. All you have to do is use your finger to color the areas of the image where you want original color to shine through. Be sure to take a peek at the tutorial video included in this photo app for tricks on creating awesome images. Here at The Recapp, we suggest adjusting the brush size when working on finer details, and don’t be afraid to zoom in extra close. Once you get the hang of it, editing will become easier and faster. ($0.99 for iPhone)

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