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Top Five Photo Apps – Photo App Lounge – With Tess Gomm

Welcome to our Photo App Lounge section of This is an area on our site where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers what their top five photo apps are and why.

We recently published the Top Five Photo Apps as recommended by Yannick Brice , Cedric Blanchon, Irene Sneddon, our Columnist and Award Winning Mobile Artist Sarah Jarrett as well as Louise Fryer, Lisa Waddell, Davide Capponi, Ali Jardine , Clint Cline, Elaina Wilcox and France Freeman’s Top Five Photo Apps including accompanying images demonstrating these selections.

Tess lives in London and works as a writer/ designer running a corporate publishing business. She also indulges her love of all things dog with Her iPhone work has featured in exhibitions in the US and Europe and a selection of her images are currently available as cards through The Illustrated Paper Company. We previously published Tess’ Top 5 iPhone Photography Apps’ in our post dated July 16, 2012 – if you missed that, please take a look here. We also interviewed Tess last year in our A Day In The Life series, if you missed that, please go here. Tess has also featured in our Streets Ahead Women’s Mobile Photography Column as well as our Flickr Group Showcase.

You’re going to love this article of that we’re sure…

Tess Gomm – Selfie


©Tess Gomm

Number One – Camera+


‘Blind Date’ – ©Tess Gomm


Whatever I use to shoot the next  stop is Camera+ for first stage editing, especially exposure. It’s pushed Laminar (Iris) out of my top 5).



Number Two – Classic Pan


‘Passerby’ – ©Tess Gomm


You don’t hear much about this app but I think it’s the best for Panoramic work. Really nice user interface. Simple, effective. Does what it says on the tin…



Number Three – Hipstamatic


‘Darkness’ – ©Tess Gomm


I find I’m shooting more straight, reportage style images and I love Hipstamatic for that style of work. I love the variety. Although having said that, I do tend to stick to tried and tested film/lens combinations.  I am, sadly, a bit obsessive about getting all the new kit.


Number Four – Shakeit Photo


‘Soho – Free All Weekend’ – ©Tess Gomm


Talking of reportage and street photography, I’ve been running a lot of shots through my first love Shakeit Photo. I like the saturated grittiness. Somehow everything works in Shakeit…



Number Five – Slow Shutter


‘Purple Haze’ – ©Tess Gomm


I love to experiment with Slow Shutter. I’m never quite sure how street shots are going to turn out. I favour moving subjects and add to the movement by not worrying about keeping the iPhone steady.


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One Comment

  • Cecily

    Nice write up Tess!!!! Love learning about other people’s favorite apps! and I also love learning about apps I don’t use!!! Thanks for sharing!