6 Great Photo Filter Apps for iPhone and iPad

Photography is a beautiful talent and gift. Through a natural talent and years of practice and experience, you can learn to take stunning photos that can draw the eye, sell a product or even change the world. Certainly the world of photojournalism has shown us the power of providing an image to a major event. It is enough to shift public opinion and change the course of history.

Of course, most of us will never do that. We might want to make an interesting, funny or pretty image, but the fact is we are too lazy to put in the effort of years of photography classes and practice to do it. Not to mention the hundreds to thousands of dollars it takes to buy an advanced camera, and the time it takes to learn to use one.

If you are like me, you are going to take any shortcuts you can. As I have an iPhone and I know several people with iPads, I set out to find which apps work well to create cool little photo tricks through basic filters. It might not be award winning photography, but these applications are at least fun to use.

1. HOPE Poster Photo Filter

HOPE Poster Photo Filter

President Barack Obama’s Hope posters have become infamous since the election that made him the head honcho of the USA. The inspirational looking image of him looking into the distance, added to a stylized and bold poster format went a long way to solidifying him image during a time when he was put against a rather less impressive looking (and significantly older) John McCain. Now, you can have your own HOPE poster with this photo filter. It is super easy to use, but don’t expect it to win you any elections.

2. FX Photo Studio HD

FX Photo Studio HD

Specifically for the iPad, this photo processing app has more than 180 filters and special effects to add to your photos. It is easy to use and has a rather gorgeous layout. It is also very fast, which is a nice change from most photo studios that take forever to load. All in all, it is nifty and comprehensive. The only downside is that it doesn’t work on the iPhone.

3. Photo FX Ultra

Photo FX Ultra

This is a great app if you like presets. There are 934 available, but only 77 photo filters. The coolest part about it is that you can use more than one filter and preset per picture, and so you can create a pretty elaborate picture through the app, similar to what you might get through a PC software program.

4. Masque for iPad

Masque for iPad

This is more of an import app then anything else. It works by allowing you to sign into your social networking accounts like Facebook and upload the photos onto the app. You can then apply certain filters and effects, but there aren’t quite as many as you would normally hope for. In the end, it is a cool little application for anyone who has a lot of photos on their social networking profile that they would like to play with.

Thus, you can easily edit and share your photos when on the go – which makes this app perfect for travelers, according to Sell Timeshare blog.

5. Photogene for iPad

Photogene for iPad

This is one of my personal favorites for the iPad. It works by allowing you to upload photos from various formats and edit them in a huge library of filters and effects. You can them export them to various sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox. It is a little more difficult to use than more basic ones, but the color editing software is superb for an app.

6. Pencil vs. Camera

Pencil vs. Camera

You know those ads all over the Internet telling you to “cartoonify yourself”? This is an app that does something similar. It has four settings that allow you to turn your photos into pencil sketches. You can do either the whole picture or parts of it, in color or black and white. It isn’t groundbreaking, but it is fun to play with. You can definitely get some interesting images, as well.

All of these are neat little applications that can help you to easily edit your photos on the iPod or iPad. They show how innovative and complex apps have really become in the last few years, and the way that technology is changing to fit the needs of the casual user. Anyone can play with these, and they serve a purely entertaining purpose.

Do you have any photo filter apps that you particularly enjoy? There are certainly enough around the web for you to take your pick. Let us known what they are in the comments, and whether they are for the iPhone, iPad or both. They might just make our next list.