10 Useful Photography Apps

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Due to the ever increasing variety of mobile applications developed today, choosing the right one for what you need can be difficult. With the vast range of photography apps alone, how do you know which ones are any good? Below is a list of ten useful photography apps, determined by functionality, customer reviews and price. I have tried to include apps that are available on as many OSes as possible, however the Symbian (Nokia), Palm, Blackberry and Android (to some degree) markets have yet to catch up with the bewildering array of apps for the iPhone.

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10. DSLR Camera Remote Professional Edition

Available: iPhone Only
An interesting experiment from onOne Software, this app allows you to remotely control a Canon EOS or Nikon DSLR that itself is wirelessly connected to a computer. Some of the features it boasts are control over the camera settings, firing the shutter, reviewing images and even live viewfinder preview! Provided that you do have one of the supported Canon/Nikon models and a PC/Mac running on a wifi server, DSLR Camera Remote can surely come in handy for budding photographers. Not to mention that it’s a great demonstration of the power of the iPhone and the ingenuity of app developers.

DSLR Camera Remote Professional Edition onOne Software, DSLR Camera Remote Professional, 0.8 MB – $19.99
DSLR Camera Remote Lite onOne Software, DSLR Camera Remote Lite, 0.8 MB – Free

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9. Magic Touch

Available: iPhone Only
One of the first and more ambitious retouching apps on the App Store, Magic Touch is a photo editing and retouching suite like no other. It includes a palette of over 200 colours and 18 different blending tools, such as clone stamp, brushes and erasers. While incredibly useful for those who wish to edit their images with a plethora of options, it does have a few bugs which can make it annoying to use. Nonetheless, it’s still a steal at $0.99.

Magic Touch Nick Drabovich, Magic Touch, 0.9 MB – $0.99

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8. Adobe Photoshop Express

Available: iPhone, Android
Adobe bring the ever popular Photoshop platform onto the iPhone. It does suffer from slightly limited functionality, but it does include crop, rotate, filters, image and saturation adjustment. A solid basic image editing app, it also allows you to share the results via an online Photoshop account. Best of all it’s free!

Adobe Photoshop Express Adobe, Adobe Photoshop Express, 6.6 MB – Free

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7. TiltShift

Available: iPhone, Android
The old classic. It has been around for a while now, but I love it. This app allows you to fake tilt shifts by using selective focus, and make it look like everything is in miniature! Apply them to photos already on your phone or snap away in tiltshift mode. Resulting images can be saved in high resolution and both portrait and landscape mode are supported.

TiltShift Michael Krause, TiltShift, 7.7 MB – $1.99

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6.  LightMeter (3GS and iPhone 4 only)

Available: iPhone only
With the interest in analogue photography on the rise, this “hi-tech” app could sit perfectly next to your medium format film camera. Using the built-in auto focus camera found in the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 this app can calculate exposure, aperture and a whole lot of other things an expensive light meter can do. Very handy indeed.

LightMeter Frank Bauer, LightMeter, 0.5 MB – $2.99

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5. CameraBag

Available: iPhone Only
This is a very popular app, and one for fans of vintage photography. The filters (10+) basically simulate the effect of various classic cameras or film techniques such as the plastic Holga, Polaroid, Cross Processed and B&W. After saving the images, they can be emailed to friends or shared via several photo services. CameraBag can be a lot of fun and produces some fantastic images, just have a look at the Flickr groups dedicated to them!

CameraBag Nevercenter, CameraBag, 0.2 MB – $1.99

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4. Pixelpipe HD- Post & Upload to Facebook, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr & +100 others

Available: iPhone, Android, Symbian, Palm, Windows + Mac
Another very handy app if you are into sharing your photos or social networking (or ideally both). It allows you to upload images from the iPhone to a huge variety of social media (MySpace, Facebook, hi5, Friendster, Orkut, Xanga), blogging (Blogger, WordPress, tumbler, LiveJournal, Drupal) and photography sites (Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, MobileMe, Smugmug, ImageShack, Webshots, Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery) at the same time. An account at Pixelpipe needs to be created before you can use the app. Again, Free Free Free!

Pixelpipe HD- Post & Upload to Facebook, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr & +100 others Pixelpipe, Pixelpipe HD, 0.4 MB – Free

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3. Still Motion

Available: iPhone Only
A cracking idea for an app, this allows you to take still photographs with a time lapse in-between, then play them back as a video. All the controls are customisable so it can capture relatively quick events, such as a sunset, or long term project like a picture-a-day for a year. With a bit of time and some thought you can create some stunning videos.

Still Motion Suzanne Classen, Still Motion, 3.2 MB – $1.99

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2. PanoLab

Available: iPhone Only
I really can’t believe this is free. This funky little app runs on Open GL, and allows you to line up the next shot with the last and create amazing panoramas. The shots are then digitally stitched together to give the final result, and you can use up to 30 images! The final file can then be downloaded to a desktop and viewed (the quality is pretty good) or shared via email.

PanoLab Originate Labs, PanoLab, 0.7 MB – Free

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1. Color Splash (TMA Review)

Available: iPhone and iPad
One of the coolest and most fun photography apps to use, Color Splash easily allows users to create a dramatic look with their photos — namely by manipulating certain parts of the image with color, while everything else remains black and white. Using your finger as a brush, you’re able to remove or bring back the original color of the photo. And with the ability to pan and zoom via pinch gestures, even those delicate areas won’t be a problem. Simply put, Color Splash is an awesome app that can bring life to even the most ordinary of photographs.

Color Splash Pocket Pixels, Color Splash (TMA Review), 18.5 MB – $1.99
Color Splash for iPad Pocket Pixels, Color Splash for iPad, 14.9 MB – $1.99

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