A simple image-editor and effects tool originally published by Nik Software, but then by Google when it took that company over. Google has since discontinued the desktop version of Snapseed, but it still exists as a free app for Android and iOS smart devices.


Many smartphones have pretty good cameras. The best ones have sensors about the same size as those in point and shoot cameras and fixed focal length lenses. The lack of a zoom is a restriction, but otherwise the quality is just as good. There’s even a growing art movement around mobile photography.

Photoshop Express

A free app for tablets and smartphones that offers a selection of quick editing tools and image effects. It does not have anything like the power of the desktop program, but it can still add interesting and useful effects to your pictures.

Lightroom Mobile

An app for iOS or Android devices which works alongside the desktop Lightroom app to display images you’ve synchronised via Creative Cloud. When sync a Collection in the desktop app, that Collection and its images will appear in Lightroom Mobile. You can view and even edit images in Lightroom Mobile and your changes will be synchronised with the desktop version.


The iPhone comes in two sizes – standard and ‘Plus’ – and the iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one with a regular 28mm equivalent wideangle lens and the other with a 56mm equivalent lens. It uses both in combination with ‘computational imaging’ to offer a continuous zoom feature and a ‘portrait’ mode which adds convincing background blur.


Apple’s digital tablet, which comes in different sizes and memory configurations. The smallest and lightest is the iPad Mini, while the largest and most powerful is the iPad Pro.


The name of the operating system for iPhones and iPads. It’s often used to distinguish apps for these devices from those for Android devices. Most apps are available in both iOS and Android versions.

Google Photos

A free photo storage and sharing tool that’s part of your Google account. You can store, sort and search all your photos online and they’re automatically available in your smart devices too, via a Google Photos app. It’s not designed for professional use, but it does use machine learning, or artificial intelligence, to identify your photos automatically, saving lots of manual keywording and tagging.