The most exciting part of photography is that there are so many factors to take into account when taking any shot… it’s what makes it an art. The same is what makes photography so complicated for anyone who takes his shots serious, though.
We all carry very powerful tools that can do wonders. Your smartphone or tablet can even improve your photography. There’s a lot of apps out there that can offer you that edge you need to take your photos to the next level. We have put together a neat list of our favorite ones.
Photographers know that the smallest error can make the difference between an amazing shot and a ruined opportunity, so check out these apps and see which can help you reduce the risks of obliterating your masterpiece.
Getting your exposure triangle down is the most important part when beginning your photography adventures. It can be a bit tricky to try and calculate your ISO, aperture and shutter speed. A lot of people buy light meters that help you measure the right light settings, but why buy another device when you have your phone or tablet?
LightMeter turns your device into a handy… light meter. No longer will you need to take a bunch of shots before you figure out what settings you need. Just pull out your phone and figure out the perfect exposure for your shot. Also, the app is completely free, and you can get rid of ads for only $2.69.
When it comes to serious photography, finding the right moment is key. Yes, you can always work with what you have, but some photos just have to be taken at the right moment. LightTrac helps you track the sun and moon, allowing you to find the perfect time and setting for your shots.
You can figure out dawn and dusk times, as well as twilight and other solar and lunar stages. And it can be applied for any day of the year, so you can plan ahead. It is $4.99, but very worth it for some photographers.
Calculating depth of field can be a bit complicated if you are just getting started with photography. Will everyone be in focus in that group shot? Will important parts of the picture be blurred out? You no longer need to guess.
HyperFocal Pro allows you to figure out depth of field details depending on the camera, lens and settings you are using. Quite helpful if you are experimenting with multiple lenses or need a quick tool to use in the field. It’s simple, it works, and the best of all… it’s free!
Let’s start by telling you this app does need the purchase of a separate accessory, but it can really change your photography experience. This app/dongle bundle becomes your very own shutter remote. But it does much more than just take your shots.
The app comes with a plethora of modes and settings, which include HDR, slow-shutter release, time lapse and more. The app itself is free, but you would have to buy a dongle from Triggertrap. Go check if your camera is supported!
I hate using my camera phone when I can get the most out of a shot with my DSLR, but sometimes the right moment sneaks up on you when you don’t have your camera on you. If I must use my phone to take a good picture, I always use Camera FV-5.
It is a favorite among photographers because it simulates the experience you get when shooting with a DSLR. You get all your usual modes, as well as the manual settings. Every single thing is adjustable, and it even supports RAW format.
It’s insane how many legalities photographers have to deal with, which we can all be pretty bad at. If you are taking photos of people or certain places, you will need a release form signed. The Easy Release apps makes all of this messy paper work… well, easy.
You can collect all your signatures in here and be ready for any lawsuit or legal issues that may come in the future. Very handy. The app does cost $9.99, but it is a great tool.
I am not a fan of editing on smartphones or tablets, but if I must use them it’s usually for small touch ups. I would recommend a simple app like Snapseed. It is pretty powerful, while staying simple.
You can do simple edits, like adjusting exposure and the like. And if you want to get creative it does have filters and other tools.
Adobe Photoshop Touch
Now, if you really MUST do some serious edits on-the-go, your best bet would be to use Adobe Photoshop Touch. Photoshop has been looked up to as a standard in the industry, and their mobile counterpart is no small contender either.
The app comes with a very complex list of settings. You can do most of the common things you do on the desktop version, but don’t expect to get the same results as if you used a computer. The screen real estate and packed settings make it a bit hard to work.
Flickr is one of the most popular photography networks out there. You can upload your photos and share them with the world. Because it’s very well-known among photographers, this network is also where most talent scouts, employers and photo customers go to find the right photographers. It also works as an awesome portfolio.
The app has editing features and you can even shoot pictures with it, but it’s the social aspect that really makes it valuable.
While Flickr is the photography network of the masses, 500px is where all serious photographers really go hang out. 500px features the best photography in the world, coming from the most renown artists around.
Photographers can share their work, and even sell it. Others can also vote and comment on images. If you don’t want to be part of the community, I would advice that you at least get the app to check out the gorgeous pictures in there. It’s great for finding tips and fun styles.