5 Amazing Apps for Photographers

While here at Camera House, we’re strong advocates of the professional camera, there will always be times when you find a fascinating subject and you’ve only got your smartphone to hand.

Thankfully, there’s an increasingly large range of photography apps that will help you improve your camera photos. Below, we’ve listed some of our personal favourites, along with those that have proven particularly popular with professional photographers

Some of these photography apps are for iPhones only, while we’ve also included a mix of free apps and those that come with a small fee.

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Camera+

For iOS only ($4.49)

While the native iPhone camera is great and constantly improving, it’s still got a number of limitations. Camera+ fills in those gaps, presenting a combined camera and photo editor that’s a cut about the rest.

With Camera+, you’ll get more creative control, including the ability to better control your ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and focus. You can also use an incredible 30-second timer, touch-focus adjustment, and a grid to level your photos and perfect your composition.

In post-production, Camera+ gives you the ability to add filters and borders and adjust exposure, colour and clarity. For the finishing touch, it lets you easily upload your pics to Twitter and Facebook for instant sharing.

Easy Release

For iOS ($14.99) and Android ($12.99)

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If you’re a portrait photographer, you know how important it is to get legal permission from your subjects to use their image.

The Easy Release app makes it simple to get people’s consent by enabling them to sign their signatures straight onto your phone.

The app adds these signatures to a release PDF, complete with your own personalised branding header and the embedded picture.

Contracts are available in 12 different languages and, better yet, are accepted by renowned photography agencies like Getty Images and Aleny.

Pocket Light Meter

For iOS (FREE) and Android ($0.99 without ads)

All film photographers depend on light meters to calculate the correct exposure for their footage. But rather than carry around the bulky equipment, Pocket Light Meter delivers accurate light readings straight from your phone.

The app measures light in the room using your phone’s camera, and then allows you to set any two of the three exposure parameters to give you an appropriate setting for the third.

As a bonus, it captures settings, time of day and a picture of your location and can upload those logs either to Evernote or in your phone’s camera roll.

VSCO

FREE for iOS and Android

VSCO is one of the most popular image editing apps on mobile today. It’s packed with powerful features and has an intuitive interface that makes it incredibly easy to use.

A large part of VSCO’s popularity comes from its huge collection of filters, with even more available with for purchase.

Other editing features include the ability to adjust exposure, contrast, and white balance, as well as to view before and after comparisons. You can also adjust skin tones, add vignettes, and alter shadows and highlights.

Finally, the VSCO community is proving extremely popular, giving you the ability to share your photos with other users. But the app removes your number of likes and follows so that your photos are judged on quality alone.

Snapseed

FREE for iOS and Android

Snapseed is one of the very best photo editing apps for mobiles. As with Photoshop, you can work on individual layers of your photograph inside the edit, using a feature called Stack.

A Healing tool helps you remove unwanted objects in your photographs while with the Brush tool, you can adjust colour and brightness in just one part of your photo at a time.

Once again, Snapseed provides a comprehensive list of powerful filters you can use, along with other tools to help you adjust exposure and sharpness.

Have you discovered a photography app you just can’t live without? We’d love to hear about it so please share your recommendations in the Comments section below!

And if you’re looking for more handy post-editing advice, check out some of our other recommendations on the best post productive software for your photographs.

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