Photography Apps for Kids and Teens

You don't have to be a VSCO Girl to love taking and editing pics. Photography is the perfect hobby for kids who have an interest in admiring the world's beauty. However, the costs of camera gear can quickly become a picture you want to get out of your mind! These apps will turn your phone into the perfect hub for your kids to capture and crop amazing photos. To better understand the positives and negatives of uploading your kids' photos online, check our topic center about Facebook, Instagram, and social media. And for more kid-friendly creative tools, visit our list of Movie Making Apps and Websites.

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Happy Snap

age 4+

Mini-missions inspire kids to explore their surroundings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2017)
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ToonCamera

age 7+

See and capture the world through a cool cartoon lens.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Strip Designer

age 8+

Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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Typic Kids - Fun Photo Editor

age 8+

Easy-to-use photo embellisher -- just watch sharing options.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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ColorSplash

age 10+

Simple editing app lets kids create photo masterpieces.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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Hipstamatic

age 10+

App recreates the look and feel of analog photography.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch (2010)
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Paper Camera

age 10+

Hip photo and video tool has cool, creative features.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
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PhotoGrid - Video & Pic Editor

age 10+

Weird interface, but silly stickers and fun layouts rule.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Pixlr Express

age 10+

Seemingly simple photo tool is full of creative resources.

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Clips

age 12+

Must-have app for making and sharing fun videos, photos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Animoto: Slideshow Maker

age 13+

Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2017)
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Canva

age 13+

Create snazzy images in seconds with cool design tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2015)
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Facetune

age 13+

Great tutorials for photo editing; not just for selfies.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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Fotobabble

age 13+

Fun photo sharing app with audio has some privacy concerns.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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iPhoto

age 13+

Great tool for taking photos beyond device's camera roll.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Getty Unshuttered

age 13+

Develop photography skills with teen-friendly lessons.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Prisma - Art Photo Editor with Free Picture Effects & Cool Image Filters for Instagram Pics and Selfies Poster Image
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Prisma - Art Photo Editor with Free Picture Effects & Cool Image Filters for Instagram Pics and Selfies

age 13+

It's a snap to turn photos into impressive art and share.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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VSCO

age 14+

Edit, post pics and video; send messages, some iffy images.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Instagram

age 15+

All-in-one social app for sharing, shopping, and scrolling.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2012)
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PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage

age 16+

Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire (2013)
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