Android and iOS App Tools For Photographers

As we mentioned in our first roundup of photo apps, the mobile photography app market for both Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS has expanded in ways few could foresee. The convenience and ease with which images can and are being shared as well as the incredible diversity of features that apps offer, has made the smartphone one of the most popular picture-taking devices of recent times. 

But, with almost 12,000 photography apps in Apple's app store all vying for your attention (and cash), finding the most suitable one to fit your particular need can be taxing to say the least. A similar issue faces prospective purchasers of apps for Google’s rapidly expanding Android Market, too.

In our last article we focused on apps that enhance picture taking on smartphones. This time we've chosen to look at and highlight apps that serve to enhance photography with any camera, not just your mobile device. None of the apps we’ve looked at here add functionality to the handset’s camera, instead they exploit the wide-ranging capabilities of the smartphone, or tablet, as a mini computer to aid photographers as tools. 

This roundup is not meant to be exhaustive, and is intended only as an introduction to the variety of apps that are currently available. Where an app isn’t offered for both Android and iOS platforms, where possible, we’ve included a rival with similar functionality. 

The Photographer's Ephemeris - $4.99 (Android) $8.99 (Apple iOS) 

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) is a sun and moon calculator, which integrates with your phone or tablet's geolocation functionality to show you where, and when sun and moonlight will fall on the scene in front of you. 

The Photographer's Ephemeris harnesses the power of Google maps to show the position of both the Sun and Moon as they rise and set for any given date (past or present) and location. This allows you to plan your shoot based on the direction of the light - something that is hugely beneficial for landscape and architectural photography.

That doesn't just mean where to set up for the best sunsets. Knowing the track of the sun and moon allows you to work out what will be bathed in light and what will be in the shade, days, weeks or even months in the future both during the day and at night. The Photographer's Ephemeris is available on both iOS and Android, and while you can't beat smartphones for portability and convenience, because TPE only displays a 2 x 1 3/4 inch map on the handset's screen it works best with the greater screen real estate of a tablet.

Sun Surveyor - $6.49 (Android - Apple iOS underway)

Sun Surveyor's map view offers similar functionality to its main
rival, The Photographer's Ephemeris (see above), while the 3D
compass module (shown here) with its predictive paths for the
Sun (and Moon as an option) is a rather neat extension.

Sun Surveyor offers similar prediction and tracking capabilities of both the sun and moon as The Photographer's Ephemeris and more besides. Indeed, there’s quite an assortment but the 3D compass option, complete with a handy slider to alter the position of the Sun, for a given time of the day, stands out as a helpful way of predicting and visualizing the shadows throughout the day. There’s an option to show the Moon as well and the feature is available offline.  

You can’t overlay the 3D compass over Google maps but you can in 2D, complete with the sun and moon positions for the finding the best locations to take photos, much like TPE. You can even email a screen-grab along with a summary of the details (ephemeris) to a colleague or client maybe.

A novel but handy Augmented Reality option combines the 3D spherical compass with the handset’s built-in camera image. This gives a view of the Sun (or Moon) along with the predicted path so you can check to see if obstacles might affect the light. Our only slight concern during our time with this app was that the overlaid grid oscillates a fair bit even when the phone handset was held steady. In all other respects, though, this app is as equally compelling as its more expensive rival The Photographer's Ephemeris.

Also worth a look: Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer $5.99 (iOS), LightTrac ($4.99) (iOS/Android), and Sundroid Pro $1.99 (Android). 

iScoutLocation $9.99 (Apple iOS)

More suited to professional than casual users, iScoutLocation is a fully-fledged database app that allows you to create, organize and share location-specific information, notes and photos. 

iScoutLocation features a large number of customizable fields suitable for offline input but also boasts the convenience of adding location data directly from the web. Constant Wi-Fi or cellular access can quickly drain batteries, but this app conserves power by only periodically accessing the web for GPS coordinates. If you're organizing a complex photo-shoot with models and assistants or even scouting for a movie, the option to share a highly detailed account of the location is a formidable asset.

We were slightly dismayed at first by the sheer volume of data that can be added. At first glance it might look like you're facing a lot of work, but actually many of the fields can be populated from pull down lists. And, of course, you need only elaborate as and when required. 

iScoutLocation is one of the more expensive photography tool-type apps in the App Store, and obviously has very specialist appeal. As this app is currently only available for the iPad it has a limited audience, too, but it is good value nonetheless and definitely worth considering if you're an imaging professional working on location.

Also worth a look: Pocket Scout $2.99 (iOS) 

Easy Release $9.99 (Apple iOS / Android)

Easy Release is an application designed to replace paper model and
property release forms using a customizable interface and 'tap to agree'
functionality.

This app simplifies the management as well as the distribution of model and property release forms by replacing paper. As you might expect, it has some rather clever additional functionality, including using the iPhone’s touch-sensitive screen for photographer, model and witness signing, as well as the option for the T&C’s to be displayed and output in several different languages (Android has some restrictions), an invaluable feature if travelling abroad. We also like how the app forces parental consent for minors. 

But, while this app can import details from the contacts list, add a company logo and even take to snap using the iPhone’s built-in camera, we are not so keen on the photo being automatically cropped into a square. We found it’s a bit restricting when photographing various forms of ID, such as a driver’s license or passport (though that’s not so bad for portraits). 

Fortunately, the model and property forms can be customized and, by copying and pasting from an email attachment, you can even import a made-to-order contract. As the name suggests this app is easy to use (albeit easier still on the larger screen of a tablet), has few real shortcomings, and is an essential purchase for any working photographer looking for more protection than the usual 'editorial' or 'private/personal' rights use. 

Also worth a look: Photographer’s Contract Maker $2.99 (iOS), free but limited use (Android) / Contract Maker Pro $4.99 (iOS) $9.99 (Android)

MediaPad Pro $14.99 (Apple iOS iPad only) 

MediaPad Pro is a portfolio application that allows photographers to quickly create a fully-customizable portfolio of images and audio/video files.

This elegant app differs from the more typical portfolio apps out there currently by virtue of support for a wide range of media content, including (obviously) stills, but also video and audio clips. Not only that, but you can also display websites, with the idea being you can highlight your web-presence from within the app without having to exit and use a browser.  

As well as the customizable interface, which allows you to upload and use your own branding if you have it, MediaPad Pro has a rather neat Guest Book - this registry can be turned off if desired but it allows those visitors to add comments as well as their email, which could come in handy. 

Files are added via iTunes but it’s recommended to resize images first, limiting the usefulness of the app’s zoom option. Unlike some rivals, there’s no limit to the number of uploads or categories and you can’t add sub-sets but arguably this isn't a serious limitation. If you’re making a high value pitch MediaPad Pro’s tightly integrated control can help keep you and your client focused on your content. Unfortunately, there’s no support for Flickr (or similar services), which seems like an oversight. 

Portfolios created using MediaPad Pro look great on the iPad, but we'd love to see a version compatible with the more portable iPhone, and indeed for the Android platform. 

Also worth a look: Foliobook ($9.99) (iPad), PadFolios ($9.99) (iOS) and Portfolio ($14.99) for iPad. 

PhotoBuddy $1.99 (Apple iOS)

Photobuddy is a useful general-purpose photography application which is
designed to help you master depth of field, exposure and white balance,
amongst many other functions. 

Something of a 'swiss army knife' photography app, Photobuddy is a very useful little application with a lot to recommend it for both novices and professionals alike. 

Photobuddy has a well-designed modular interface that includes a wheel-type selection of exposure values, a great graphic for depth-of-field calculations and all important hyperfocal distance settings, plus a handy Sun and Moon phase calculator showing the time and duration of sunrise and sunset for any given time and location.

We also like the Diffraction Limit and Angle of View calculators. You need to be a bit nimble with your digits on the iPhone, but with a proliferation of sensor sizes both of these are essential reference for professionals using a variety of camera formats. Most popular models are included (as well as some unexpected additions), and there’s an option to add a user-defined model.

There are some simple tools as well. We like the Bulb Timer with its countdown feature (of up to 14 hours) and sound prompts, though we would have liked to see an option to display the timer in red or green to limit the brightness at night. If your math is poor, the app includes a simple Flash Calculator and if extreme close-ups are your thing, this app will even determine the exposure factor required for bellows extension - handy if your camera’s meter doesn’t work in stopped-down mode. There’s a lot to like about Photobuddy, and at just $1.99 it's a bargain.


Photo Tools Pro $2.80 (Android)

While the user interface isn’t quite as slick-looking or perhaps
quite as easy to use as the iOS only PhotoBuddy, Photo Tools
is a useful equivalent for Android users.

Photo Tools Pro for Android (not to be confused with its namesake Photo Tools Pro for Apple iOS, a different app from a different developer) offers at least as much functionality as the iOS-only Photobuddy, if perhaps not in quite so attractive a package. Depth of field and hyperfocal distance calculators are included as is a tool for calculating field of view, however the latter works for a given subject distance instead of at infinity.  

There are plenty of other useful tools available within the app including a moon phase and exposure calculator, stopwatch/timer and multi-exposure and time-lapse calculators to name just a few. Amongst the most appealing are thoughtful touches such as location data (via GPS or network), weather forecasts, and check lists - there's a particularly extensive wedding shoot check list preinstalled as an example. Photo Tools might be a touch buggy and not as attractive-looking as some rivals but it more than makes up for that with useful features. If you don't mind looking at a few ads, a free version, simply called Photo Tools is also available. 

Also worth a look: PhotoCalc $2.99 (iOS), and the following standalone apps iExposure Free (iOS), Depth of Field Explorer  $2.99 (iOS) and Photographic Light Meter Free (Android).

 

ShutterSnitch $15.99 (Apple iOS) 

ShutterSnitch allows you to transfer images from an Eye-Fi card,or wireless file transmitter attached to your camera, using your wireless network. 

Although most DSLR photographers won't need to use wireless transmitters (such as the Nikon WT-4 or Canon WFT-E series) day to day, there are a few compacts with this wi-fi built-in, and you can of course add wireless functionality to a huge range of cameras using an SD memory card-based Eye-Fi card.

After setup (which can be time-consuming) ShutterSnitch can be used to view and, more importantly, zoom into images as they’re taken (albeit with a slight time delay, depending on resolution and file size). For that reason, smaller JPEGs work best but ShutterSnitch can accept raw files too, if you’re prepared to wait. 

Geo-tagging incoming photos is a nice touch and support for Apple’s Bonjour makes transfer between iOS devices simple. We'd love to see an update to allow ShutterSnitch to control your camera as well, but for the meantime ShutterSnitch is a great app for remote viewing and image transfer.


MoPhotos $2.99 + $5.99 Pro License (Android)

MoPhotos allows you to upload images captured on an
Eye-Fi memory card to your Android device, geotag them
using your phone or tablet and share them on Facebook and
Twitter.  

Unlike ShutterSnitch, MoPhotos only works with an Eye-Fi card, but you don't need Wi-Fi to transfer images to your Android device - you can can also upload files directly using Eye-Fi's tethered 'Direct Mode'. Once you've imported your shots, options include geotagging, viewing EXIF data and sharing images via numerous social media sites (Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and more) as well as via email or Bluetooth. 

Although this app is aimed at casual users it does include some tools that would appeal to professionals and photojournalists. Of particular interest is the option to view and edit IPTC data. The editable fields are extensive, and to save adding text there’s a neat 'Copy to Next' image option. Yet more versatility can be added with an optional (paid) Pro license allowing transfers to multiple Dropbox and FTP sites. 

There are a few shortcomings though. You can transfer raw and JPEG files to your Android device but you can’t zoom in to confirm focus and raw files can’t be viewed by the software. As always when wireless networks are involved, setting everything up can be tricky as well. For all that, MoPhotos has plenty of potential, and we look forward to see it develop.

Also worth a look: Eye-Fi Free (iOS / Android). For sharing wirelessly between computer and handset take a look at PhotoSync $1.99 (iOS) and Photo Transfer App $0.99 (Android)

MovieSlate $24.99 (Apple iOS)

MovieSlate is a film and video production app that helps you log and make notes on footage as it is shot. 
Designed as a traditional slate and clapperboard, MovieSlate can export your notes and logs in various
formats, which amongst other things allows you to upload data into several video editing programs. 

MovieSlate is not a photo app as such, but a tool for videomaking. Now that HD video is becoming standard in compact, mirrorless and DSLR cameras more and more photographers are shooting movies and if you're serious about it, MovieSlate is well worth a look.

As well as the essential clapboard feature, with its visual and audio cues, the slate has multiple fields for logging the production data (some of which can import data from the iPhone's address book) and time coding which allows wireless syncing with other iOS devices. At $24.99 it's a little pricey, but considering the amount of functionality we don't consider it overpriced. 

Of course, the average HD video enabled DSLR or CSC user is unlikely to have a need for the majority of the advanced features this app provides but if you want to get serious about video, you'll love the depth of functionality that MovieSlate offers. MovieSlate runs extremely well on the iPhone, though it operates - and looks - better on the larger screen size of the iPad. 

Also worth a look: SL DigiSlate $9.99 (Android), iFilmSlate $2.99 (iOS) and Clapboard Slate $2.99 (iOS). 


Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com,  a Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by dpreview.com or any affiliated companies.

Comments

Total comments: 68
denisd
By denisd (7 months ago)

I think visual DOF calc should be handy for many, so here is a short desc and a link:
LensTutorial is a free app that allows to manipulate a photographic lens in a virtual environment. You can interactively slide focal length (zoom the lens), lens aperture and focusing distance. The app will show you how depth of field, angle of view and size of the model being photographed is changing according to your selection.

See more at http://www.lenstutorial.com

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lorenzoha
By lorenzoha (Feb 14, 2013)

Hey! There's a free APP for photographers which is a must for this list! "Litmind" is a social network for photographers, models, stylists and agencies, perfect for fashion photographers searching for models and so! Check out here: http://www.litmind.com/litmind_for_iphone_ipad_ipod_touch

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thechallengers
By thechallengers (Dec 12, 2012)

Check out this free app
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=home.ethan.lensguide

Complete guide to Canon and Nikon lenses + third parties's lenses.
Would be very handy for all photographers

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MalloryBose
By MalloryBose (Oct 24, 2012)

:( They all cost so much! *sniff* It will be better if you featured free apps. But these are good all good. Hehe. Oh, if you have kids, take a look at this free educational app called Maddie and Matt's Happy Earth (www.maddieandmatt.com)

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Cal46
By Cal46 (Jun 3, 2012)

Concerning sun/moon (+shadow) prediction, there are also the SunPath.sylde.net and MoonPath.sylde.net apps (Android and Windows Phone).
MoonPath is free... :)

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SimonMurie
By SimonMurie (Apr 2, 2012)

seem a lot of camera apps,but never heard of any sun/moon ones till now, so thx for mentioning!

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go4java
By go4java (Jan 22, 2012)

...the best DoF app for Android is 'DoF Calc' https://market.android.com/details?id=jds.dofcalc&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImpkcy5kb2ZjYWxjIl0.

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ebull
By ebull (Dec 1, 2011)

I bought photobuddy on the strength of review above only to find the Sun Moon calculator does not allow the iphones GPS to automatically set your location. You have to enter your latitude and longitude manually. Tedious and disappointing, no reply from support either.

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John Brawley
By John Brawley (Nov 24, 2011)

Don't Forget sun seeker for iOs. I've got most of the sun predicting apps, inicluding Artemis. The great thing about Sun Seeker is that it uses your CAMERA to provide a live view of where the sun will be in the sky. PERFECT if you're trying to predict when the sun will appear though a window or when it will clear a building or obstacle.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Nov 20, 2011)

Too bad Nokia screwed up with the n8. Some of these apps should be on Nokia, but there's no development possibility there, despite it being made a bit more for photographers. It should have been a no-brainer for them to make their phones serve photographers and corner the market.

Alas, we only have the extremely buggy camerapro to deal with.

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photoshack
By photoshack (Nov 17, 2011)

Was bummed that you didn't mention my buddy Gary Amundson's "Release Lackey" which has Signable Docs. It works great for Android and it's on the Android Market. I use this for my model and property releases. If you want to see something added to the product, you can simply ask him. Very slick functionality....any docs you want signed and emailed PDF, with embedded "photo proof".

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lackeysoft.release&hl=en

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Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (Nov 16, 2011)

They are free apps for IOS which help to tracking the sun & moon, like "Planètes", (in french).
I use it a lot for my time-lapses.

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Nov 16, 2011)

Adobe Photoshop Touch - (sorry iPad fanboys, Android only)

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VidJa
By VidJa (Nov 21, 2011)

we have photoshop express, probably the same

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CRX
By CRX (Nov 14, 2011)

This is a very useful topic. It should be a regular feature of the site.

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BeyondVision28
By BeyondVision28 (Nov 13, 2011)

Good read!

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PhotonMayhem
By PhotonMayhem (Nov 13, 2011)

here's one free for Android:

https://market.android.com/details?id=air.app.illuminations.photo.k64.free

(3 professional level toning algorithms)

K64
- high contrast, deep blues and bold greens, similar to popular film tonality from the recent past and still protecting the skin-tones. Diligent adjustment of tonal compression preserves the available dynamic range.
plust 2 more: BW and Mag filters

have fun

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Dannyboy292
By Dannyboy292 (Nov 13, 2011)

They forgot to mention Canon DSLR Controller for android....I use it on my gateway tab tp A60 with my 60D and it works great.

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PKMousie
By PKMousie (Nov 11, 2011)

Hey they forgot my iOS app Expositor, the prettiest exposure calculator you'll ever see. No fair! :)

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dark goob
By dark goob (Nov 11, 2011)

You left out Angle of View for iOS.

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Hakawati
By Hakawati (Nov 11, 2011)

I miss in this list the CANON DSLR CONTROLLER. Very good software if your mobile has USB HOST and Android 2.3.4....

https://market.android.com/details?id=eu.chainfire.dslrcontroller&hl=es

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Nov 10, 2011)

there are free verions of dof calculators for android and ios, and for ios the is a free movieslate.

why promote paid apps if some developers do all the work, and just give it away for free? that deserves some promoting :)

i dont remember how the dof calculator for android was called, but for ios :

free movie slate: FreeSlate
free dof calculator: iDoF Calc
free 360degree stitcher from microsoft: Photosynth

Photosynth is pure awesomeness, it makes seemless spherical panos, rectangular stretched to 2048x1024px and saves those photos in the phone photo library. now you can take pixeet360 which is also free, load the 2048x1024 pano, and host it on your free pixeet acount. the cool thing with pixeet is that it reads out the gyro information so you can watch it in augment reality style by turning and tilting the phone around.

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Carlos Trente
By Carlos Trente (Nov 10, 2011)

Nice article.

But some apps are missing. For example Canon DSLR controller for Android is also great app (https://market.android.com/details?id=eu.chainfire.dslrcontroller)

But we really need a RAW processing photo app for Android tablets. I saw some pictures of app called Photonix on XDA and it looks promising. Hope they're gonna release it soon.

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_pete_
By _pete_ (Nov 10, 2011)

Edit: nevermind, better info below :)

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Jeff Peterman
By Jeff Peterman (Nov 13, 2011)

I've been using CR2 Thumbnailer with 7D RAW files and Acer Iconia tablet. It allows me to copy RAW files from the CF card to the microSD card in the tablet for backup and extract high resolution JPGs from the files I select. The same developer has a similar tool for Nikon (NEF Thumbnailer).

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Kerensky97
By Kerensky97 (Nov 10, 2011)

I like that Sun Surveyor gives you the sun angle but does anybody know of an app that has a similar function to Google Earth's Sun Shadow feature?

It doesn't exist on mobile Google Earth, and in mountainous terrain it's nice to know if your morning shots will be covered in shadow from a nearby peak even 45 minutes after sunrise.

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Cermet
By Cermet (Nov 11, 2011)

Sunplan by xayin.com -Android Market - has excellent Shadow Compass and very accurate and simple Sun path overlays + comprehensive instructions. I've tried a couple of these and this is the most comprehensive

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costinul_ala
By costinul_ala (Nov 10, 2011)

nice article! great!

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Scott_Tobin
By Scott_Tobin (Nov 10, 2011)

How about a nice camera control app for android for the Nikon Dslr's? Would be great to have a lightweight android tablet displaying the photos as I shoot them...

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_pete_
By _pete_ (Nov 10, 2011)

Keep an eye on https://market.android.com/details?id=com.remoteyourcam.usb.lite&feature=more_from_developer (no idea if that link will work, if not try searching market for Remote Your Cam Usb Lite )

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Scott_Tobin
By Scott_Tobin (Nov 21, 2011)

Pete, Thanks for the heads up. Will see if I can get it to work with D300 and an android tablet...THANKS!

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Nov 10, 2011)

Not one app for touching up?

I use Photo Enhance Pro on a daily basis for my photojournalism work.

Android, Acer A500, Photo Enhance Pro provides High Resolution images.

I highly recommend it.

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kenyee
By kenyee (Nov 10, 2011)

You guys missed Studio Buddy for Android strobe users ;-)

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Elizabeth Klisiewicz
By Elizabeth Klisiewicz (Nov 10, 2011)

I use Picsay Pro the most on my Android phone. It does everything I need it to.

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NYC Jim
By NYC Jim (Nov 10, 2011)

Nice article. I don't try to keep track of these things, and this is a nice survey of some useful programs. The Eye-Fi app peaked my interest. While the current app won't allow me to verify the sharpness of a raw image on the spot, the promise is there and a future app will no doubt allow this. That app would make me look at purchasing an Eye-Fi card and the new Nook.

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Tape5
By Tape5 (Nov 10, 2011)

hardware geeks manufacture the phones
software geeks compile software for them
and the photographers are supposed to go ...WOW...yea..I really like this very personal artform to go where electrons are going....give us more..
hang on... let me get my credit card out...

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RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (Nov 10, 2011)

I've been using TPE for years now (from when it was available on PC only).
Most valuable tool you can imagine for preparing trips and travel.

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (Nov 10, 2011)

It's cool! And what about a HDR shooting? For Android I tried to use app HDR Camera, in certain cases the result was quite good

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battlemac
By battlemac (Nov 10, 2011)

on what phone?

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (Nov 10, 2011)

On LG Optimus One. Pictures of the bright sunset on seacoast were good. However road photos in wood or lake coast in bright day were not successful. Now I collect a material and I want to write separate article in which I will result examples of shooting HDR by phone and by my 5D Mark II. Such article would be interesting to you?

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battlemac
By battlemac (Nov 11, 2011)

Sure, I have one the G2 slide and an iPad.

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BitFarmer
By BitFarmer (Nov 14, 2011)

I also tried it with great result on a nexus s, take about 2 seconds to combine 3 shoots into a HDR image, and alignment is quite nice most of the times (hand held shoots all the tests).

Give also a try to touchRetouch free, you pàint red over an area of your shoot you want out, and it makes a nice clone stamp/healing that makes it dissappears. Nice and simple, does the work quite ok.

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wijnands
By wijnands (Nov 10, 2011)

Well...

That's an extremely lame selection..

1. Why only paid apps while especially on android there's a LOT of free apps as well.
2. For me the killer app on smartphone for photography is a simple gps logger. That's missing here. Why!?

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AndreiMx
By AndreiMx (Nov 10, 2011)

Could you please recommend a good gps logger app for Android?

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theappwhisperer
By theappwhisperer (Nov 10, 2011)

Many thanks for your comment - not all of the apps are paid for, Photo Tools Pro for example is the paid for version of Photo Tools and we mention this within the post. We also mentioned Photographer's Contract Maker that's free on Android, iExposure free on iOS, Photographic Light Meter free on Android, Eye-Fi free on iOS and Android. The others range in price from as little as $0.99/£0.69 up to $24.99.

At the beginning of the article we state that this is not an exhaustive list of tool apps and is intended only as an introduction to the variety of apps that are currently available. Rather than list the huge variety of simple depth of field apps or gps apps we took the view of mentioning tool apps that had that functionality as well as tons of others, for example Photo Buddy - iOS or Photo Tools - Android Free.

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ptodd
By ptodd (Nov 10, 2011)

@AndreiMX I use OruxMaps; not perfect in every way but a pretty good program. I forget the name of the PC program I've used for tagging (which I would recommend), but there are several out there... FWIW, I tried a commercial Lightroom plugin and liked it less than the freeware program I can't remember the name of...

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KeithAK
By KeithAK (Dec 4, 2011)

So wijnands where is your response to the question about recommending a specific app? Or are you just here to criticize and provide no value (while just parroting others comments as well?) I'd love it is there was a dislike button on the site.

As for myself I found the list helpful but more so the discussion as that is where the true value of this site is. Not just the articles but the people who chose to actually contribute information. To THOSE folks (and the OP) thanks!

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nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (Nov 10, 2011)

It would have been nice to see some free alternatives thrown in..

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Noogy
By Noogy (Nov 10, 2011)

As if the buttons on my DLSR are not confusing enough!

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John De Bord Photography
By John De Bord Photography (Nov 10, 2011)

"Depth Of Field Calculator" is excellent and is also free for Droids. Basically it is a hyper focal distance calculator https://market.android.com/details?id=cn.kamakama.android.dof&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNuLmthbWFrYW1hLmFuZHJvaWQuZG9mIl0.

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Kerensky97
By Kerensky97 (Nov 10, 2011)

I like that one too and have used it many times on location. My only gripe is that I have a less common camera with odd aperture focal lengths so I have to approximate some calculations.
I'd love if you could just set a camera and set of lenses in memory so you didn't have to scroll through.

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ericwestpheling
By ericwestpheling (Nov 10, 2011)

This is missing a few of the best iphone apps including:
Helios - The best sun prediction software, with an inclinometer mode, several compass based modes, and google maps/satellite view overlays on most modes. This has been incredibly useful in planning magic hour shoots at various locations around the world, or even calculating when a facade will be sunlit.
Pcam- Invaluable for most photo calculations, including depth of field, angle of view, matching lenses across different formats, and many others. There is even an incredible function where you can preview the field of view of any lens at any working distance with a single person, two persons, or a vehicle- which has been INCREDIBLY useful when planning shoots.
Artemis- A directors viewfinder for the iphone, will show you the actual frame for any format/any lens by cropping or overlaying the image from the iphone camera, and will log any relevant info (lens, camera format, compass heading, tilt angle, etc) onto a screenshot.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Nov 11, 2011)

Nice apps, but seem more geared to cinematographers, but can still be used by photographers for sure. Each of these apps it should be pointed out are $30.00.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Nov 11, 2011)

"Angle of View" for iOS lets you set a measuring tape size and preview the angle of view for any lens/sensor format combination. The sensor formats can be changed in terms of their aspect ratio and also it shows you the equivalent "mm" of lens necessary to achieve the same angle on four other configurable sensor sizes simultaneously. And it's much cheaper than those you mention.

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trivuong
By trivuong (Nov 10, 2011)

Sundroid, you can have widget like this (http://i.imgur.com/SgdRO.jpg)

https://market.android.com/details?id=uk.co.sundroid.free

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Kerensky97
By Kerensky97 (Nov 10, 2011)

I use that as well. But being able to see the sun angle and height in the sky would be a nice improvement. I may buy one of the above apps.

The other thing you have to keep in mind is surroundings. The local mountains where I live throw off the sunrise and sunset by and 45 mins or more depending on your location (Thank you Google Earth for it's sun light approximation).

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24hourmoon
By 24hourmoon (Nov 10, 2011)

Location scouting app for Android, Map-A-Pic: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.seatosoftware.mapapic

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seconds away
By seconds away (Nov 10, 2011)

I have been using Photo Tools Pro $2.80 (Android) on a Motorola Defy for some months now. I find it quite useful, and not at all buggy (on my phone).

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M Hamilton
By M Hamilton (Nov 10, 2011)

I think RAWdroid demo deserves to be on this list, it's an amazing RAW processing engine for Android.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.anthonymandra.rawdroid&hl=en

Good luck working with RAW/ORF/NRF on an iOS device...

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Carlos Trente
By Carlos Trente (Nov 10, 2011)

RAWDroid is not a RAW processing application, it just extracts low-res jpeg thumbnails from RAW files. I saw some developers on XDA, working on RAW processing app, but I don't know when they plan to release their app. But it looks promising

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Nov 10, 2011)

I teach iPhone and iPad photography at the local university and I found the list quite disappointing. Yes, it's an eclectic mix, but not a very useful one.

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Dazboot
By Dazboot (Nov 10, 2011)

I hope it's not a course strictly devoted to iPhone and iPad for photography.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Nov 10, 2011)

whatever iphone and ipad do, it's not a photography

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Stephen 06
By Stephen 06 (Nov 10, 2011)

(for petessake)....the definition of photography.

"Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film."

So iPhone and iPad *is* photography.

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Dazboot
By Dazboot (Nov 10, 2011)

We all should create a separate course for iPhone/iPad photography at our local colleges. I can't imagine an easier way to milk money from iPhone/iPad owners.

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Hawaii-geek
By Hawaii-geek (Nov 10, 2011)

Thank you ... this is VERY timely for me! and useful
Just sorting thru my first Smartphone ... Samsung Galaxy S II :)

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Nov 10, 2011)

Suggestion:

Perhaps explain why, for the eye-fi card, I would pay for shutter snitch or mofoto when eye-fi now provides a free app to do the same thing?

Or am I missing something?

Thanks!

Ref:

http://www.eye.fi/products/iphone
http://www.eye.fi/products/android

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Kerensky97
By Kerensky97 (Nov 10, 2011)

I have a question for eye-fi users.

Does the eye-fi app (or any of these apps) require you to use jpeg?
I use RAW with a Panasonic Lumix and want to be able to preview the image on a tablet screen while shooting onsite.
Does the RAW even work, if it does how long does it take to transfer and render a shot?
If it's slow can you have the camera record jpeg and RAW but only send jpeg to the tablet for previewing?

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