From finding your angle to adding a flash, these six smartphone camera apps put creative control in the palm of your hand.
A few tweaks can turn even the most drab camera-phone images into frame-worthy photographs. Use Photogene to add backgrounds and colorful borders, crop out unflattering details, or just remove red-eye from that otherwise-flawless family portrait in front of the Eiffel Tower. iPhone, $2; iPad, $4.
ORGANIZE & SHARE
With Photobucket, you can sort your vacation photos before you've even boarded the flight home. Geotag the images you want to keep, drop them into folders or find favorites using the keyword search—and save yourself one item on that just-back to-do list. iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry, free.
These days, the old "Wish you were here!" vacation postcard doesn't quite cut it. Fotobabble lets you express a more unique sentiment: Just snap a photo, record your own audio message (up to one minute long), and send the file to a friend's e-mail account. iPhone and iPad, free.
ADD A RETRO FEEL
Looking to enhance your images with a little old-school flair? Hipstamatic, an app based on the discontinued 1982 camera of the same name, has eight options that add artful blurring, fading, and flashes to your photos to create that vintage-snapshot look. iPhone, $2.
SHED SOME LIGHT
For all their strengths, many older-generation iPhones lack one important element: a flash. The Camera Flash app solves that problem, with a self-adjusting burst of light that allows users to take vivid, point-and-shoot-quality photos long after the sun has set. iPhone and iPad, from $1.
TAKE THE LONG VIEW
Some scenes are simply too majestic to capture on one screen. Enter Pano, which stitches together up to 16 separate shots to take in, say, a 360-degree view of the Grand Canyon. A built-in guide helps you line up each frame, and the app will hold your place if a call interrupts your shoot. iPhone and iPad, $3.