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Best Photography and Photo-Editing Apps for Students

These photography apps, games, and websites cover kids' photo-taking and photo-editing needs -- from basic cleanup and cropping to more specialized filters and effects that offer an extra punch. Photography can be a catalyst for expressing originality and can inspire kids to learn about the world around them through the process of capturing images.

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ChatterPix Kids

Photo app lets students share learning by making anything talk

Bottom line: With its playful premise and ease of use, ChatterPix can be a fun, creative app for elementary school classrooms.

Coach's Eye - Video Analysis

Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances

Bottom line: Cool video-analysis tool is great for the sports field and beyond, but prepare for an onslaught of hidden costs to access all features.

PhotoGrid - Video & Pic Editor

A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative

Bottom line: Flexible tool with some frustrating but harmless navigation issues.

Adobe Capture CC

Magical design tool extracts colors, patterns, and more from images

Bottom line: The rare combo of "wow" factor and utility, this tool help students recognize and use the designed world around them.

Pixlr - Photo Collages, Effect

Easy photo-editing tool sparks creativity, teaches basic art techniques

Bottom line: Experimenting with the tool's open-ended features involves kids in the creative process.


Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool

Bottom line: With stable internet access and enough time to get started, this is a flexible, accessible way to create beautiful designs in your classroom.

Photo Editor by Aviary

Cool creative tools for shutterbug teens

Bottom line: It's a good tool for teens interested in creating digital images and developing apps.

Photoshop Express Photo Editor

Top-notch photo editor helps perfect pics for creative projects

Bottom line: This is a powerful, free creation tool from the industry leader in photo editing.

Adobe Photoshop Mix - Cut out, combine, create

Impressive photo-editing app focuses on compositing, blending imagery

Bottom line: While it's tackling a slightly niche design need (blending, layering, compositing photos), Photoshop Mix is an incredible tool that makes these processes shockingly simple on mobile devices.


Impressive, easy-to-use tool for creating and editing images

Bottom line: Sumopaint can spark students’ creativity, encourage them to be artistic, and provide them with new, image-related tech skills.


Stellar photo app promotes sharing, creativity but has risks

Bottom line: An absorbing, endless gallery of images that's fun to browse but tricky for classroom use due to privacy and content concerns.


Create and share videos with cool effects, tons of language options

Bottom line: This slick video creation app is fun, empowering, and accessible in lots of languages, but be careful with sharing.

InShot Video Editor

Social media-aimed creation app has cool features, some pitfalls

Bottom line: For students, there's a lot of fun to be had and valuable editing skills to be gained, but teachers will need to do all the instruction and deal with the ads.

PicCollage Grid & Photo Editor

Versatile, intuitive, engaging collage maker yields impressive designs

Bottom line: With some privacy setup, and possibly upgrading to the paid version, this can be an excellent design tool for creating custom collages, teaching graphic design, layout, and photo editing.

PicMonkey Photo Editor Design

Reliable photo editor built for design and social sharing

Bottom line: A great, social media-friendly option for teaching teens design, layout, and photo editing, but the paid version is more competitive with other tools.


Popular photo tool behind "VSCO girl" phenomenon is worth a look

Bottom line: It offers more polish than many competitors and is less of a popularity contest than Instagram.

ArtStudio - Draw and Paint

Easy, amazing art with high-quality lessons, creation, and sharing

Bottom line: ArtStudio provides exciting digital tools and helpful information for high school artists.


Free, full-featured photo and image editing app impressive, daunting

Bottom line: It's a great choice for students and teachers with needs beyond simple tweaking, cropping, and color correction, but requires significant self-directed learning.

PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage

Top-notch photography app crams in professional functionality

Bottom line: PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage offers teens and adults extensive, flexible, real-world functionality in a tight mobile package.


Extremely powerful photo editor will equally delight pros, amateurs

Bottom line: It successfully walks the fine line of photo-editing features, offering satisfying experiences for those making quick edits and those crafting perfect images.

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