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Cool Family - Friendly Photography Apps

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:21am

Smartphone cameras have come a long way with resolution, pixel possibilities and how easily and quickly you can snap some photos and share them with friends and family around the world.  

And with the introduction of photography apps, you can shoot like a professional and edit your pictures on the fly with some of the most inexpensive tools right at your fingertips. We love catching pictures of our kids, our everyday life, what we eat and what our pets are up to.  And some of these apps are so great and easy to use, that even our kids can take photos and make them look amazing!  

This month, we are featuring some fun and cool smartphone photography apps that kids, parent and grandparents will love to use.  Whether you want to create some fun photos or create masterful pieces of artwork that are memory keepsakes, these apps do it all!




Available for iPhone and iPAD

Ever wonder how your friends make those really cool collages with their photos?  It’s easy and instant with INSTACOLLAGE PRO!  Tell the world your story via amazing picture frames and unique collages with captions. This app is so easy to use and allows you to instantly post your photo creations directly to your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and email accounts.






Availalble for all platforms

Now with the all new Photo Effect Studio (PES), you can enjoy an enhanced, user-friendly interface and other amazing features such as the enhanced camera, powerful photo editing tools, filters, frames/borders, tilt – shift and photo box. The new Photo Effect Studio builds on the fast, convenient, and fun experience you’re used to while providing new and exciting options to make your images even more incredible than before.





Available for all platforms

A photo can say a thousand words.  And with Instagram, everyone is saying alot about their lives with all the photo sharing.  The Instagram train is by far the most popular photography app to create and share your images with all your friends and family on social media and beyond. Everyone from famous Chef Jamie Oliver to Regina's Metro Pet Market are using Instagram to capture their worlds and interact with users.  This is a fun, social way to share your pics.



Available for iPhone and iPad


Kidomatic Sample


Kidomatic Original is the 'made for kids' camera!  The Kidomatic Friendly Camera features a playful and easy-to-use interface made for kids and teens who want to have fun with their photos.








iMade Face


Available for Android & iPhone 

Now you can make your image into a comic with the fun and creative app iMadeFace. Millions of unique faces are generated from the facial feature elements database. You can also can make the faces into greeting cards by adding foreground phrases and background themes.  Simply slide your fingers to select facial feature and change their colors. Or enjoy the random results by giving your devices a swing.  Kids love playing with this app to create faces!




$.99 CENTS
Available for Android & iPhone

Vintique offers 32 vintage filters to choose from and 17 retro filters that make your photos pop and look beautifully and professionally done - ALL right from your smartphone or tablet.  Also includes powerful image editing tools that enhance your photos and then allows you to post them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.




A Beautiful Mess App

$.99 cents
Available for iPhone & iPad

This App is anything but a mess and it enables you to create some cool - retro and deco art out of your simple everyday photos. The app is part of the blog "A Beautiful Mess by Elsie + Emma".  The Blog offers lots of great photography tips and creative design ideas.  The App offers the standard filters and borders but it also enables you to add on cool doodles and phrases to make your images pop.  If you want more great options, you can upgrade to purchase addiotional borders and doodles to use.



Halftone Comic Maker


$.99 cents
Available for iPhone & iPad

Halftone was voted the Best Photo & Video App by the Apple Store in 2011 and was a Starbucks Pick of the Week app.  Halftone lets you turn your photos into unique comics by adding the comic dots to your photos with great paper styles, speech captions, graphic stamps and vintage fonts.  Share it easily with friends and family and they will love it.  This app lets you spend some quality time creating the comics with your kids and allows for great imagination and creativity and story tellling.




CatCam App from Oceanhouse Media

$.99 cents
Available from Oceanhouse Media for iPhone & Android

For all the kids (and parents) who love The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, you can now create zany and whimsical cards using your Camera or images from your Photo Library.  Features 16 cards based on original artwork by Dr. Seuss, take a picture with your face in the cutout or alongside the characters, load images from your Photo Library, add crazy borders and stamps to your cards and save cards to your Photo Library or e-mail them to family & friends.






iPhone and iPad

Rotoscoping is an animation technique where live action video is traced over to create
amazing, artistic effects.  ToonCamera uses a form of automatic rotoscoping to apply cartoon, sketch, or stipple effects to your device's live camera feed, transforming the world around you into an animated movie.  Snap pictures, record video, or convert existing photos and videos. Then, save or share them with friends over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and more.



Know of a cool kid/parent-friendly smartphone or tablet photography App?  We would love to try it out and share it with our readers.  Email us at editorial at