Top 11 iPad Apps for Showcasing Your Photography Skills

In an interview sometime in 2010, Steve Jobs proclaimed that we have entered a post-PC era. With the advent of the iPad and its multifaceted utilities, we can assume that he was actually right!

History of the iPad

The iPad is a tablet computer. It connects to the internet with Wi-Fi and 3G. It can also be connected to other devices such as DSLRs, Laptops, iPod and iPhone via USB or wirelessly. Apple Inc., first released the iPad in 2010. The iPad2, which is 3G enabled, was released in April 2011.

It comes in 16, 32 and 64 GB internal storage capacities. It is compatible with any GSM mobile connection provider. By default, the iPad comes with apps such as App Store, iBooks, iTunes, Videos, etc. Most of the apps were developed for the iPhone and later improvised to suit the iPad. When connected to a PC or laptop, the iPad is recognized by the iTunes.

How does the iPad help photographers?

With the iPad at hand, you can do a lot during a photo shoot. Here are some must-have iPad apps for the shutterbugs out there:

PosePad

For photographers who like to take notes at spot after a photo session or like to make a ‘to do list’ before shots, PosePad is a good app. You can draw your own idea for the pose, scribble down the lighting effects and show it to the client or model. You can have a clutter free photo shoot idea with PosePad.

Easy Release

Once you are done with the photo shoot, the next step would be to get your model release or property release signed by the concerned people. Things are digitalized and long gone are the days of paper forms. With Easy Release your model can fill up the form and sign it, right on your iPad. You can email it to yourself later using the Wi-Fi or 3G.

Photoshop express

Adobe’s Photoshop Express is an excellent free app for quick editing. You can store albums online and access it using this tool, thus saving space on the iPad.

Filterstorm

While the free Photoshop express is great for minor editing, Filterstorm gives you the ultimate editing prowess when it comes to the iPad. It comes with features like exposure adjustment, cropping, text tool, watermark tool, and many more. This is an alternate option to carrying your laptop around for editing.

LIFE for the iPad and The Guardian Eyewitness

Need inspiration? Get some of the best photos at your fingertips on touch from LIFE. The huge collections of some of the best photographs from far end of the world are bound to do more than just inspiring.

Another similar app is Eyewitness from The Guardian. Both these apps are free and available from the App Store.

Smugmug/Photobucket/Flickr

After having edited your photos, what best way to unveil your creation than sharing it online? Apps such as Smugmug, Photobucket and Flickr are great for maintaining an online storage of albums without burdening your iPad’s memory. These are not just great for getting good critique of your photos, but also the best way to present your work to clients.

PhotoSync

Need to transfer all your photos from/to the iPad? All you need is Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and PhotoSync. This app is intelligent enough to detect duplicates and hides at the background while you play your favorite game or attend a phone call.

DSLR Camera Remote

This application makes your iPad a digital remote release, making a remote release cable complete unnecessary.

You can buy these apps or download some of them for free using iTunes.

App store is a boon, because it makes the iPad even more versatile. You can store all your photos on your iPad and carry that around as a portfolio for prospective clients. Share it with the world and explore things on the go.

The Top 7 Photography Apps for Your Smartphones and Tablets

Advance mobile technology has allowed us to get the most of our smartphones and tablets. Aside from sending SMS, calling and browsing, smartphones can now be used as digital camera substitutes. A lot of people who own tablets also use their devices to take photos. Although these gadgets cannot really compare with high-end point-and-shoots and SLRs in terms of photo quality, there are apps that allow users to come up with pictures that are more than the ordinary.

Here are seven apps that smartphone and tablet users can use to improve their photographic experience. The apps are divided according to their function or main feature.

Editing and Filtering Apps

The most popular photo apps are the ones used for editing and/or filtering pictures. These apps give anybody the chance to come up with a photo that he or she can be proud of.

1. Instagram (Android, iOS)

Probably the most popular photo editing app in the market, Instagram is favored by many smartphone and tablet users because it is multi-functional. Aside from allowing you to take photos and filter or add effects to them, this app also acts as a social network. You can easily post and share your photos to friends and followers. You can connect your Instagram account with your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Instagram has filters (both custom and standard ones) that are the simplest to use. The filters allow you to add special effects to your photos so they’ll have more depth. You’ll find its “selective focus dropper” quite useful, too.

Aside from smartphone and tablet, Instagram can also be accessed through a computer.

2. Hipstamatic (iOS)

iPhone users shoot square photos using the digital photography app Hipstamatic. Photos can then be edited to look rustic, as if they were taken using an antique camera type. This is possible because of software filters and effects. The app has three kinds of flashes, four lenses and three types of film that you can choose from. Additional effects can be purchased if you are not contented with the free ones.

People who like analog-like photos use Hipstamatic.

3. Snapseed (iOS and Android)

Launched as Snapseed Mobile for the iPad back in 2011, this photo app allows users to edit a portion or the whole part of the picture. It’s easy-to-use: there’s an auto-correct function that can work wonders on your photo’s brightness, contrast, color, texture and other similarly important elements of photography. There are also filters and effects you can choose from.

Snapseed allows you to upload your photos on Google +. However, you’ll have to shell out some dollars for it because it’s not for free like other photo editing apps.

Replacement or Alternative Camera Apps

If you want an alternative to your smartphone’s standard camera, you’ll need to find a good replacement camera app. Here are two of them.

4. Camera + (iOS)

Meant for the iPhone and iPad, Camera + is the ultimate replacement camera for iOS users. It offers a variety of features that will turn your photographic experience into a success. Its most exciting feature is the Touch Exposure and Focus, which gives you complete control over how your photo should come out. Should it be as dark as night or as light as day? You’ll have the freedom to adjust the focus and exposure separately.

Moreover, you can choose different shooting modes (like burst and point-and-shoot) and then improve your photos with just a tap of your finger. Like Snapseed, it doesn’t come free.

5. Pudding Camera (Android)

Android’s camera replacement phone app is the Pudding Camera. Featuring nine quality camera types and eight films to use, this app allows you to take photos with different effects. You can take motion shots using a retro film or a panoramic shot with a vintage film.

The Pudding Camera has no video features, but it’s free, so it’s definitely worth trying.

Other Photo Apps for your Smartphone and Tablet

There are a variety of apps that offer features like photo collages and panoramic cameras. Here’s one of each:

6. PhotoGrid (iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8)

PhotoGrid is an app used specifically for photos on Instagram. It allows users to cerate a variety of collages that they can share not only on Instagram, but also on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Picasa, among others.

You can choose from different modes, collage styles and frames or grids. Rearranging photos on a grid is easy: just shake your phone! Other add-ons include stickers, decorative backgrounds and fonts you can use for inserting text into photos.

7. 360 Panorama (iOS and Android)

Take panorama shots of your favorite sceneries with the 360 Panorama app. What makes this program great is the fact that it processes photos in real time! This means you’ll see your panoramic shot unfold as you take photos. No need to wait for each frame to be processed.

Like most of the photo apps in this list, 360 Panorama allows sharing to social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. You can also email your photos to others.

These are just seven of the top photography apps for smartphones and tablets. They may not make your iOS or Android pictures look as awesome as SLR photos, but they’ll definitely make a photography fan out of you. Try them now and you’ll have a more exciting photographic experience!