Now that summer is officially here with holidays and vacation approaching we all look to whip out our cameras or smartphones to capture those special moments no matter where we are. Since the day I picked up my first BlackBerry, the camera has always functioned as main camera more than the point and click ones I've owned and even more than my DSLR. Being able to point, shoot, and edit an image instantly is one of the features I love about my BlackBerry. With the overabundance of photography applications currently available here are just a few to get you started.

Effetica Pro by I&N MobiSoft

Whether you are an amateur or a professional there is no denying that this is a full featured photo-editing tool. Since my original review Effetica has only added even more filters, themes, improvements and more. There are over 90 high quality filters, 35 classic frames that are customizable, overlays, a plethora of editing tools right at your fingertips including blur, crop, shadow/highlights, manual and auto levels tools, a fluid interface to quickly load, apply and save, sharing options, and endless possibilities for the hundreds of images already taken or those still to come. I could go on but you get the idea. Designed for BlackBerry 10, this Built for BlackBerry is an excellent photo editor that I highly recommend you check out for $3.99.

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PicMix by Inovidea Magna Global

As the developer quotes "a picture is worth a thousand words" and that is what PicMix aims to do for not onlyBlackBerry 10 devices but for legacy running OS 4.5 and higher as well. This application supports custom and magic frames, text caption and photo effects, ability to add filters, stickers, and adjust the color. In addition to sharing with your friends and followers on your preferred social networks you may also join their network and share and views others from around the world. As a free application it gets the job done especially in terms of features offered including a location tag, improved speed, and the introduction of their photo contest for more fun.

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Photo Studio Pro by KVADGroup

Photo Studio has been around for quite some time but you cannot deny it is impressive application whether on BlackBerry 10, the PlayBook or for most legacy devices. There are over 115 unique filters spread across a variety of variety of categories, digital frames, magic tools, special effects, and includes basic photo editing tools such as contrast, RGB color adjustment, hue, saturation, and brightness. While the free version already offers enough capabilities to satisfy the amateur photographer in all of us, feel free to upgrade to the Pro version for $3.99 for additional filters and packs.

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MockIt by OSBB Code Labs

If you are not already familiar with MockIt then I will give you the quick rundown. This native application takes your photos one step further by allowing you to create your own custom memes, device mocks, or your own personalized photo collages with the photo frames option. All of the resulting images are quickly created with the ability to easily share to your friends, family and followers. Not only does it let you add stickers and include two free sticker collections but it is fast, smooth and awesome. Free to download it should definitely be a part of your arsenal.

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InstaVenue by DrunkEddyLabs

While some may think of this as geared just for weather, InstaVenue is not only an amazing application but a great photo editor as well. Have a shot you wish to share with your friends but want to add your own detailed forecast, add your own text, or your own special effect? It has is all right here with a swipe and a tap. There are 59 meticulously crafted skins, integration with Foursquare to add location, option to add overlays of your current weather and location on your photos, and the ability to tap into the BlackBerry photo editing tools to spruce up your images. InstaVenue is $2.99 and there is also a limited free version available for BlackBerry 10.

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Typic+ by Steve Urrego

If you are searching for a simple and free application to edit and modify the pictures currently on your device or are about to take then be sure to check out Typic+. This tool features 84 different fonts to express your images through typography, 84 trendy design elements, 21 cool frames with corner control, a 21 color palette to apply to the fonts and design elements, button to insert your own captions, ability to add effects and filters to your images, and more. As you can see it offers an eclectic array of options so that you customize your photos and have a bit of fun with them as well. Typic+ supports BlackBerry 10 and is free to download.

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What is your favorite?

The only question left to ask is what do you use? Let us know what you think of the choices as well as telling us which apps you use to manipulate your images before saving and sharing.

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