Photography Apps are among the most used from mobile users every day, and they probably were one of the main drivers for the affirmation of smartphones since a few years ago.
The Photography Apps listed below are not just a tool for image social sharing, but they were made as a support for photographers, and to help with specific tasks that otherwise will require some complex manual calculation. So here’s the list of the Top Photography Apps every photographer should start using today:
Camera FV-5 (Android)
Camera FV5 is a fantastic app to add all the DSLR commands to your mobile phone. If you are used to shoot in M mode on your camera and you want to have the same depth of control on your mobile phone, this app is definitely for you. Most of the features are subject to device support but if you are using a modern smartphone that shouldn’t be a problem. This are some of the available features:
- DSLR-like viewfinder display – See exposure time, aperture and stops display with EV and bracketing settings, in real-time;
- Full fledged exposure bracketing;
- Built-in intervalometer;
- All supported program modes (P, S, A and M);
- Long exposure support – up to 30 seconds;
- RAW capture support – JPEG, true 16-bit RAW* in DNG format;
- Manual shutter speed;
- Advanced electronic viewfinder – with histogram;
Unfortunately, this app is only available for Android devices.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris (iOS and Android)
if you are serious about Landscape photography, you really can’t do without this app. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is meant to help you plan outdoor photography in natural light. The app is a sun and moon calculator, that shows, on a geo localised map, how the light will fall on the land, for almost any location on earth. Additionally, it shows the exact sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and many other useful information.
Hyperfocal Pro (Android)
A very practical hyperfocal calculator, to be used when dealing with zoom lens that doesn’t have any focal length indication on the lens body. Just set the camera model (the list of available cameras is often updated), select your focal length and the focus distance. The app will make all the calculation and will display a graph with all the information needed. Some of these are: hyperfocal distance, near limit, far limit and depth of field.
ND Filter Timer (Android)
Very useful app if you like to work with long exposure photography. Once you have all set up and you are ready to place the neutral density filters on top of the lens, just input the shutter speed and the number of stops your filter will reduce, and the app will calculate the new shutter speed to use. Simple and easy.
Probably the best photo editor for android devices. Snapseed includes tons of tools from basic settings (contrast, highlights, shadows, warmth, etc…) crop options, white balance, brushes and perspective correction. It also offer a wide range of artistic filters, the ability to enhance raw files (depending on the device) and to undone all or some of the changes applied.
Pocket Light Meter (iOS and Android)
A light meter that use the phone camera to measure the light intensity, very helpful when shooting film photography with a manual camera. Simple to use, it shows the correct f and T to set up on camera. It works measuring the reflected light.
Easy Release (iOS)
If you need to make your subjects sign a release for the pictures you are going to take, this app allow you not to carry with you all the papers. You just take the picture and then make your subject to sign using the phone display. This app is meant to be used for pictures taken using the phone, but if you are using the camera it could be anyway useful to make a picture of your subject using the phone and then ask to sign.
DLSR Remote (Android)
Nowadays, every digital camera comes with its own remote control app, but often they lack some functionality, especially timed remote shooter. DSLR Remote is a multi purpose multi compatible app that can be used with a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It can connect the camera using the cable or the infrared. Furthermore, it offers many functions like timer and shoot frequency, useful for time lapse photography.
Do you use any other photography app to support your work? Leave a comment using the form below to let us know your favourite ones.