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Top Five Photo Apps – Photo App Lounge with Robin Robertis

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 previously published the Top Five Photo Apps as recommended by Yannick Brice , Cedric Blanchon, Irene Sneddon, Sarah Jarrett, 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, Ginaluca Ricoveri, Jennifer Sharpe, Natali Prosvetova, David Hayes and Vanessa Vox’s’ Top Five Photo Apps including accompanying images demonstrating these selections, if you missed those, please go here.

Today, we are featuring Robin Robertis, we have featured Robin many times within for her outstanding mobile photography and it’s a real delight to read more about her top five apps in this article. Robin talks us through her favourite apps and explains why, don’t miss this – over to you Robin (foreword by Joanne Carter).

When Joanne asked me to pick my 5 fave apps and share a bit about them, my heat skipped a beat, and i felt a bit flustered.. 5 ! Not 6, , 8 , 10 or 12 which is about what i really use out of the 400 + app i have… and yes i have an app problem

This is not #1 because its not an app, but i love shooting with the Olloclip lenses and the Optrix case is a go to item in my bag!


Number One – Snapseed


My #1 go to app is Snapseed. I do all my basic editing here.I love that they have a paste feature. My workflow is usually Crop, Automatic, Tune, Detail, and I don’t think i could live with out the selective adjust tool. I also like the new HDR feature, and my old favorite is grunge. The Frames are tasteful, though i like Phototoaster ’s frames the best.



Number Two – Touch Retouch


I have been staying clean in my photo’s lately and I touch up all the spots that Snapseed’s adjustment tool does not get. I have also been liking anti crop, along with handy photos magic crop. I have yet to explore there retouch or clone stamp.

This was shot in Hipstamatic using the C- type film which had a few to many scratches for this image I thought . I cleaned it up in Touch Retouch.

Number Three – PhotoShop Express


PS Express is my new favorite app for its presets , replacing Phototoaster lately for me and the sharpen and reduce noise rivals Noiseware.



Number Four – Image Blender or Filterstorm


For those whose are new to layers, blender is easy breezy I use both use for blending.

Number Five – DistressedFX


This is my favorite of all the texture apps. I find it easy to use. I love the fact you can add your own texture . I often use two or three different versions
then blend them together.

These were shot in native camera pano mode, Distressed, Image Blender.



Links To All Apps Mentioned


My iPhone is my moment keeper, my sketchbook and apps are my art supplies . It’s non intimidating to me and I take comfort in the fact that there are only a few buttons to achieve the results I desire”.

~robin robertis

Distressed FX
Image Blender
PS Express

Optrix cases

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