Mobile phones are becoming as essential as professional DSLR cameras have become to some photographers. Not only do they enable both amateur and professional shutterbugs to coordinate with or contact clients and other stakeholders while on location, but they also make workflows easier by allowing these photography enthusiasts to download tools from an ever-expanding Great iOS Apps for photography apps.
There are countless of apps out there classified as “photography apps.” They vary greatly depending on the purpose. Uses of these apps range from photo editing and retouching, applying filters to recreate retro effects, to uploading and sharing online. The usual suspects include Instagram, Adobe Photoshop Express, Camera360, and Paper Camera. Admittedly, they’re of good use to a lot of people (refer to the number of downloads in various app markets), and their features are great. But speaking from a personal standpoint, they’re overrated. Okay, burn me.
Here are five apps worth taking a look at if you’re a photographer or a photography enthusiast. Mind you, these apps are not the usual ones you’d find in lists elsewhere.
Copyright and ownership issues have hounded the internet for years. There’s just so much creative thievery going on that you can’t really track where the photos you’ve uploaded online are going to end up in. Protecting photos through digitally added visual watermarks is perhaps the easiest way to make stealing photos harder for creative thieves; and so most photographers include this practice in their respective workflows. The usual process involves batch watermarking photos with some kind of editing software like Adobe Lightroom or dedicated software like TSR Watermark Image on a desktop or laptop computer. This is where Impression, the app, comes in. It’s a simple, flexible tool that allows you to add high-quality text watermarks to photos on your mobile device without altering the original so you can upload them right away on the internet even without your laptop or desktop computer.
Gray cards are a valuable photography accessory. They provide photographers with a standard reference object to determine the amount of white balance needed to produce correctly lit photographs consistently. Today, a photo enthusiast doesn’t need to carry physical gray cards, thanks to the iGrayCards app. By running this app in the scene to be photographed, you’ll be able to balance the white in your images. The app is digitally set to produce the 18% neutral gray seen in traditional cards, plus some additional custom controls so you can set the level of gray to your liking.
Pocket Light Meter
A light meter reads the lighting conditions in any given shooting location, and helps you get the appropriate settings needed to capture perfectly exposed photographs. Light meters can be very expensive especially for those who are just starting out or are in training, so you may want to check out the free Pocket Light Meter app for your Apple device. It’s a brilliant reflected light meter app that’s accurate and easy to use.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE)
Understanding natural light is crucial to photographers. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a great tool to have when you’re planning an outdoor shoot, particularly in landscape, nature, and urban scenes. This map-based app is great for determining where the sun and moon are going to cross the sky (transit arcs), so you’ll know where exactly light will fall on the ground. For example, you want to know exactly what time of day the sun will break through the gap in the trees at your present location. This app can help you answer this question and a whole bunch of other similar info you might need.
Cameras are sometimes remotely controlled by users through infrared transmitters. These little trigger remotes are useful for timed shots like group shots (everyone needs to be included in the photo!) or in portraiture (two-second delay). So, the geniuses over at DSLR Bot decided to make an iPhone app that you can use to remotely control your camera. You should note that if you want to use this app, you need to purchase a cable and a dongle that connects directly to your camera. $20 isn’t as bad compared to purchasing a remote system worth $60.
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