This post is part of our “Best Apps of 2014″ series! The series highlights the finest apps of the year — either released in 2014 or heavily updated. You can follow along with all entries in the series HERE.

We’re approaching the end of the year, so what better time to bring together all of the best apps from the last twelve months? We’ve been racking our brains and asking our lovely readers for help in order to try and whittle down all the App Store had to offer in 2014 to a few simple lists.

You’ve seen our picks for the best Games, Utilities, Social, Productivity and Media & Entertainment apps and now we’re bringing you the best photography and video apps!

The best camera is the one you have with you — namely your iPhone! — and the App Store is full of great apps for making your photos and videos look incredible, so compiling this list was no mean feat. Regardless, here are the best photography and video apps of 2014…


Instagram surprised us all and released Hyperlapse this year — a new, time lapse video-making app. The app has some neat image stabilization tricks that make your final videos look like they are straight out of a Hollywood film. The super simple design makes it easy to get int the app and there are more features to take advantage of that Apple’s own iOS 8 Time Lapse mode.

FREE — Download now for iPhone and iPad


Replay is a video editing app that was shown off alongside Apple’s iPad Air 2. The app enables you to create mini-movies fro your own video clips and photos, complete with captions and music. What’s best is you can import your media, pick a style, and Replay will intelligently put it all together for you within seconds.

FREE — Download now for iPhone and iPad

Pixelmator for iPad

Pixelmator is another app that debuted at Apple’s event to show off the power of the newest iPad Air. It’s essentially version of the extremely popular imaged editing Mac application adapted for the iPad for factor. Don’t think it is a stripped-down version, though — it’s a fully-featured image editor with all the tools you need and allows you to seamless edit images across your Mac and iPad thanks to iCloud.

$9.99 — Download now for iPad


A new photography app named SKRWT launched earlier this year with some neat features for taking better pictures. With lens and distortion correction, intelligent cropping, non-destructive editing and full-resolution saving, SKRWT can help you get the most our of your iPhone camera.

$1.99 — Download now for iPhone and iPad


VSCO Cam, a staple of any iPhoneographer’s app library, got a hefty updated in 2014 including a nice redesign and iPad support. The app is always adding additional filters and effects and this year it also gained its very own publishing platform in Journal. Combine images and text for original long-form content and tell the stories from your images.

FREE — Download now for iPhone and iPad


Cinematic by Hipstamatic is a more advanced way to create short films on your iPhone. You can create 3 to 60 seconds videos, make use of Instagram-esque filters and capture controls, add a soundtrack and share to Vine, Instagram, YouTube and more.

FREE — Download now for iPhone and iPad


Stackables, as the name might suggest, is an imaged editing app that allows you apply multiple effects to your photos. Stack up layers of filters, textures, light leaks and other effects and make use of professional adjustment tools to transform your images.

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