5 Great Mobile Apps for Photographers

5 Great Mobile Apps for Photographers

Camera features on cell phones, tablet computers and even MP3 players have made it easy for everyone to capture their lives in a series of images. If you just need proof of the crazy things your friends do, any simple camera’s basic features should suffice. If you want to take a more professional approach to photography, though, some high-quality apps can set you above the photo-shooting pack.? ?

Easy Release

?easy-release.jpegIf you want to own the rights to your photographs free and clear, which makes it legal for you to sell the photos commercially to magazines or as prints, you must have a model release for every photo that contains an identifiable person or persons. Easy Release is the app for that. The Easy Release app gives you the tools to collect digital signatures with each photograph that you take.??Easy Release is made for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and integrates with each device’s built-in camera. If you shoot on a separate camera, consider taking a single shot with your iPhone, iPad or iPod for identification purposes, collect the model signatures in the app, and then just shoot freely with your external camera, knowing you have proof of your subjects’ consent safely stored. The $9.99 price tag is worth the peace of mind.??

Pocket Light Meter

tw.jpegIf you use an external camera with manual settings for picture-taking and want to get the perfect lighting conditions every time you take a shot, you’ll benefit from a light meter. A light meter reads the lighting conditions in a location, and displays the appropriate settings to help you get the perfect shot. You can buy a light meter to carry along with your camera, or you can download Pocket Light Meter to your iPhone, iPod or iPad for free. The app offers the same features as a traditional light meter, and has undergone an upgrade since its initial design, which gives it better performance in low light. For a serious photographer, it’s an absolute must.

Adobe Photoshop Express

adobe-photoshop-express-android-app.pngEven if you’re an incredible photographer, you’re bound to end up with an occasional photo that doesn’t come out the way that you want it. That’s why many regular photographers are also regular users of Photoshop, one of the most popular image-editing programs. Adobe Photoshop Express is the mobile equivalent of the desktop edition of Photoshop. Express has fewer features than desktop Photoshop, but it does provide the tools you need to sharpen, brighten, and crop photos directly on your phone or mobile device. So you get great photos before they even leave your phone. Adobe Photoshop Express is available free for Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as for Android.


impression.pngUploading photos to the Internet, or sharing photos with other people, can be a risky business. The Internet has become a hotbed of creative thievery, and once your digital photos start traveling through cyberspace, there’s no telling where they might end up. That’s why many photographers choose to put watermarks on their photos. When done well, watermarks mark photos to a point that they are hard to steal, while still allowing the underlying image to be seen without too much difficulty.

Impression, available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch provides a simple tool to watermark your photos directly on the device, so that you can upload them directly to the Internet without having to pass through a desktop computer. You can downloaded the app for $1.99

Photoaf Panorama

photoaf-panorama.pngIf you’ve always wanted to be able to capture those incredible panoramas that you’ve seen online or in stores, Photoaf Panorama is the app for you. The free Android app works by using the camera’s built-in sensors to determine the angle of each shot, allowing you to match the angles of each picture you take of a cityscape or landscape. Once the photos are taken, the app pulls the photos together into a single seamless image, giving you a 360-degree view of the place you’ve been. The panorama can then be viewed by scrolling across on the screen of the Android device. It’s an ideal app for travelers who encounter a lot of beautiful scenery.

When it comes down to it, most cameras built into cell phones, MP4 players or tablets don’t have the features to compete with quality digital cameras. With a few upgrades to your mobile device, though, you can enhance the quality of your onboard camera, bringing it closer to par with external digital cameras, or enhance your photography experience with your external camera by keeping useful tools, like model releases and a light meter, right at hand.

What’s your favorite photography app?

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  • Lorenzo February 14, 2013 10:59 pm

    Hey! I have an APP that's a must on this list! "Litmind" is a social network for photographers, models, stylists and agencies, perfect for fashion photographers! Check out here: http://www.litmind.com/litmind_for_iphone_ipad_ipod_touch

  • Maria Sacadura September 13, 2012 02:06 am

    It was most helpful because it is difficult to find several opinions about android apps (not iphone).

  • Jen September 6, 2012 09:04 am

    Exposure pro for android is pretty helpfull.

  • Pavel July 27, 2012 05:53 am

    Map-A-Pic Location Scout is awesome for managing your shoot locations, and also for planning your shoots. Besides organizing your locations, it also shows the times of sunrise/sunset and the Golden hour for your locations. App Store link.

  • Nagesh Ramamurthy June 3, 2012 04:23 pm

    My favourites are:
    1. Camera+
    2. Photo Toaster
    3. Snapseed
    4. Filter Mania
    5. BeFunkyFx or Pro

    I have had a Nikon D90 since 2009, and have used it all the time while on posting in France. But since I bought an iPad last year, and an iPhone 4S earlier this year, my DSLR has, sadly, gone into cold storage. I still do use it on my travels in exotic places!!

    Please see my gallery on Instagram @nageshkr. You will see I have learnt a lot about photography from these tools and from other IGers. I also recommend http://www.iphoneography.com/ to know more about new photo utilities to use with smartphones.

  • Sw June 1, 2012 01:42 pm

    Can't believe how many apps were not included in this list.

    I have over 100 iPhone & iPad photo apps and the photoshop one is the only one mentioned that I actually have.

    I'd recommend Camera+, SlowShutter, Snapseed (free today only!), AvgCamPro, VSCOcam and I could go on and on.

  • Sw June 1, 2012 01:39 pm

    Photosynth is crap. AutoStitch Panorama is by far the best iPhone panorama app.

  • Steve S June 1, 2012 07:32 am

    My apps on my Android
    1. TPE (use on my mobile, desktop, and laptop, and love it)
    2. Camera 360 (I have a lot of fun with the effects in this one)
    3. Pro HDR
    4. Photaf
    5. Little Photo

  • Penelope May 31, 2012 02:41 pm

    Thank you so much for these great apps, LOVE the first two especially!!

  • Better Photography May 30, 2012 09:05 pm


    Thanks for the great tip on Pocket Light Meter. I didn’t know about that one and it’s something I can really use.
    As far as the apps I really like, I’ve recently started using Photosynth and it is really pretty cool.

    Photosynth is actually a Microsoft product. They make a version for the iPhone, but there’s also an application for the PC. It works by stitching many photos together to produce a final panorama. It’s pretty nifty.

    Thanks again for the great tips!


  • Beverly Ingle May 30, 2012 02:26 pm

    ShootLocal is a new app for scouting locations. Excellent concept with a growing community of photogs and filmmakers. Currently for iPhone but with a desktop interface, too. Android version is in development. I found it in the App store, but you can get to it at http://www.shootlocalapp.com.

  • Jeremy Puent May 30, 2012 11:58 am

    ing perfect Golden Hour shots... plus has weather, moon info and more... and I can email the data from one smooth interface to a friend.Easy as Pie... GoldenPic
    best app for planning Golden Hour shots, plus it has weather and moon data all in one easy to read interface. I can even email the info to a friend to say wanna meet here for a shoot!

    awesome app.

  • Nick needs May 30, 2012 02:13 am

    A second for snap seed. It has been my favorite app by far and has even replaced my computer in the times when I am traveling and posting.


  • Toni May 30, 2012 12:20 am

    On Android .. Pano for panoramic, adobe Photoshop touch on tablet, magic hour, photo tools, speedy up to upload multiple photos to Facebook :)

  • Curt May 29, 2012 11:25 pm

    LightRoom users also should not miss out on Photosmith, which synchs between LR and this app on your iPad.

  • totographe May 29, 2012 10:25 pm

    Hi use RawVision on android,
    not an app to take photos, but rather to check them on a nice screen without a PC.

  • Lea May 29, 2012 08:57 pm

    So far, my favorite photo app is VSCO Cam from Visual Supply Company. Because I use their Lightroom presets for my pro work, I love that they provide similar editing choices in their app so all my work, whether pro or personal has the same style. Many times people have no idea what I shot with my phone vs. my 5D.

  • Abigail May 29, 2012 07:16 pm

    I use TPE (The Photographers Ephemeris) and the DOF Calculator by Aimen RG, both on Android. The depth of field calc is used most as I like shooting with legacy lenses on my Panasonic GF1.


  • Sachin Verma May 29, 2012 06:53 pm

    These are also good :)


  • Waseem May 29, 2012 03:21 pm

    I love Pocket Light Meter. Can we have it (or a similar one) in Android?

  • Kansas May 29, 2012 02:55 pm

    I have a lot of photography apps, including some posted above, but my fav is Photogene. It really works well on my ipad and my iphone. In a pinch I love having my phone when my DSLR is not available.

  • Tiffany May 29, 2012 02:31 pm

    So glad Instagram was not included in this.....so overrated. I like to think about the picture and the composition and lighting before taking a pic then to just take a pic and cover it with a "filter"

    Thanks I'll have to try a couple of these

  • Mridula May 29, 2012 02:21 pm

    To think of it I don't use a single app on my mobile phone related to photography.


  • Curt May 29, 2012 01:22 pm

    Hmmm - a rather uninspired list, IMHO. It makes me wonder how long the author has actually had an iOS or Android device.

    Sunseeker (suggested above) and others of that ilk are useful (like lunascape).

    How about Geotag Photos? Inexpensive and painless way to get your shot locations tagged. How about SoftBox HD? TPE is another good suggestion.

    For iPhone panoramas, DMD (DerManDer) is awesome. Then there is DSLR Bot, makes your iPhone into a DSLR remote.

    For editing on your iPad, Snapseed is very good, along with several other offerings (Photoforge2, Photogene2...). PSExpress doesn't quite cut it. I can forgive you for forgetting iPhoto - I suppose.

    The most glaring omission are any sort of folio or album apps one can use to look over their shots or make a client presentation. There are several offerings worth checking out, including St@sh, PadFolio, Photo Manager Pro, Portfolio, Folio Ex - each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

  • Gil Faingezicht May 29, 2012 11:52 am

    Why only iPhone apps? what happened to the Android ones?
    I have Photoshop Express and Photoaf on my Android phone,
    but what other apps would be the top to have?

  • raghavendra May 29, 2012 11:43 am

    wow, i have been taking photographs from a mobile for more than 2 years.
    some good apps here.


  • Bob May 29, 2012 10:11 am

    I have a DSLR, why would I use a phone camera to take 360's?

  • esmeralda villanueva May 29, 2012 09:24 am

    my favorite camera app is Camera360.

  • Jeff E Jensen May 29, 2012 09:02 am

    My most used aps are TPE (The Photographers Ephemeris), which is great for determining where the sun and moon are going to cross the sky. The second is LapseIt Pro. A pretty handy tool for doing time lapse with my android device.


  • Brett Burnes May 29, 2012 08:49 am

    "Photographer's Ephemeris" is also very good!

  • Bethany May 29, 2012 06:25 am

    I have a few favs that are totally worth trying out, if you haven't yet:
    1. Sun Seeker - for outdoors and natural light photographers it shows you the position of the sun at various times.
    2. Expositor - great exposure calculator for various conditions
    3. Shootlist - an editable checklist for everything you may need to take on location