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Top Five Photo Apps – Photo App Lounge With Natali Prosvetova

Welcome to our Top Five Photo Apps – 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, France Freeman, Tess Gomm, Lola Mitchell, Vivi, Em Kachouro, Laetitia Harnie-Coussau, MaryJane Sarvis, AlyZen Moonshadow and Jennifer Sharpe’s Top Five Photo Apps including accompanying images demonstrating these selections, if you missed those, please go here.

Today, we are featuring Natali Prosvetova’s Top Five Photo Apps. Natali is a fabulous mobile photographer and artist and we have featured her many times here, not only in our very popular Flickr Group Showcases that we publish each week but we’ve also published interviews with her and featured her wonderful tutorials, if you’ve missed those please take a look at her archive with us here. You can read more about Natali at the end of this post. Over to you Nat… (foreword by Joanne Carter).



All of us try to be “on Fire” in the newest applications. I am no exception. However I quickly ran through the previously published posts of the Top Five Photo Apps section, so I tried to choose the applications not listed above and are not the most popular (newest) to date.

Hope I could be of service.



Number One – Halftone


‘I smoke you so much’ – Image – © NaProsvet

As you’ve probably figured out, I really love Post-card style that has vintage and retro kind of look. Retro postcards to really surprise and delight me.

Well, you can find lots different apps for this. Some are better than others. But it is very individual. One of my favorite such app is Halftone app by Juicy Bits.

This app turns your photos into unique, vintage comics, allows to add captions, speech balloons, graphic stamps, and fonts (including built-in comic fonts). Settings screen for lots of additional customization, including halftone dot size, strength, and gain.
Btw, so often I turn off the slider off halftone dot and now I gone on this way.
Contrary to many others, Halftone makes it easy to add more than 25 paper styles, from crisp and clean to distressed and aged. This is what I really love and use this app pretty often.

App Store Link


Number Two – MonoVu


‘Let you go my sweetheart’ – Image – © NaProsvet

Actually I often use monochrome/BW in my works. Perhaps, one of my favorite apps for this is MonoVu.
This is my to go app.
It provides 10 free filters, as well as an extra 15 purchase filters. Some of them have a unobtrusive and simple textures.

App Store Link


Number Three – Strut Type


‘Ghost of the past’ – Image – © NaProsvet

This app turns your iPhone into a Strut folding camera from the early 1900s, giving them a dated, vintage look. Recreate images with the look of the first dry-plate photography that emerged from 1875 to 1920.

It packs filters as well as a black-and-white mode, so you can get exactly the sort of 100 year-old photo you’re searching for. This app includes a number of editing features that allow you not only to filter your shots and make them look old, but tweak them in order to get the exact effect for which you’re searching. You can also recreate different effects old-style cameras were known for, like light leaks and faded edges caused by the Strut’s lens.

Please Note: entering the application every time again, check resolution of the saved pic!

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Number Four – Textures+


‘Nine ten never sleep again’ – Image – © NaProsvet

I really love to use different textures in my works. Usually I create some of them and then I Blend them with my work, as well as I use different apps to add textures directly on image. One of these apps is Textures+ by Michael Valdez.

It does is mainly adding grungy textures to your original pictures, to give them a dirty and decayed look. Most of the textures included in the app’s selection are conceived to add stains, scratches and corrosion to the photos. You can adjust the opacity of textures as well as regular adjustments (Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation). A handy eraser tool allows to change any part of any image or texture. (for example for eyes).

Textures+ has intuitive and responsive user interface.

Notice: It works better on iPad (I mean quickly) .

App Store Link


Number Five – AddLib S, U


‘Flexy Stories’ – Image – © NaProsvet

I really love the geometry, modernist illustrations and I really love the “poster”-images.

addLib S by WOW inc. is an application for iPhone that edits your photos and creates a variety of types of design. Simple and fun. As I call this app – the app for relax.)

AddLib also gives you a chance to customize a created image, but only up to a point. It’s a bit annoying.. I’d like to have a bit more customization =)

addLib U is the second release in the “addLib” app series, which uses your iPhone photos to generate an original graphic album, as well as it allow save your images to the Camera Roll. addLib U uses a mid-century modern theme to give your photos an authentic style of 1960s-1970s art. As well as his predecessor addLib U is very easy to use. I use manual mode.

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Natali Prosvetova aka NaProsvet lives in Moscow, Russia and has achieved great success with her iPhone photography. Her work has been published in the online Pixels: The Art of the iPhone gallery, iPhoneArt, TheAppWhisperer (of course) and more. Her works have also been exhibited at the Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery in Carmel, as well as Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa (MINA) in New Zealand and also at the first WiAM exhibition in Naples. Natali also took part in the friendly collaboration of Global Street Photography by Street Expose FB. Natali points iPhone photography as changing her life, for the better, she has been welcomed into the community and has met interesting and talented people from all around the world, above all it has increased her happiness and changed out outlook on life.