Mobile tools for the wedding photographer
Although you’ll probably want to do the bulk of your editing on a computer, if you decide you want to send the newlyweds off with a small slideshow (see below) that they can take on their honeymoon, you or your assistant may want to do some quick corrections on a handful of images during the reception. There are countless imaging apps on the market and most photographers have their favorites — including me, as you’ll see below — so it’s possible that yours may not be included here.
This full-featured iOS program has all the critical components for making advanced adjustments using familiar tools such as curves, levels, clone, masks and even layers, to name just a few. Edits can be saved as Automations (actions), iOS-supported RAW files can be edited and IPTC data can be created, edited and saved. Batch processing, digital asset management and numerous export options round out Filterstorm Pro’s extraordinary feature set, priced at $14.99.
Filterstorm Neue, the Pro version’s less expensive sibling at $3.99, offers everything except batch processing and digital asset management tools. Either way, both are equipped with a powerful set of features that meet most image-editing needs.
*As of 3/28/14 Filterstorm Pro is unavailable for download. According to its website, the app is being updated and rewritten. However, Filterstorm Neue is still available for download.
Also check out:
Athentech Perfectly Clear, $2.99 for iOS 7.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android 2.3.3 or later
Leonardo, $4.99, iOS 5.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Photo Editor by Aviary, free (plus $1.99 in-app options) for iOS 7.0 or later (iPad and iPhone), Android 2.3 or later or Windows Phone 8
Snapseed, free for iOS 5.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android 4.0 or later
Putting together a slideshow for your wedding clients prior to the bride and groom leaving the reception (if you have time) so they can take images with them on their honeymoon is a gesture that they’re sure to remember. But if you don’t have time, or don’t want to add any more stress to your day, then you can always create a slideshow as either a paid add-on or as a gift to the couple when you sit down with them for the sales presentation. Perhaps the two most popular, and capable, slideshow apps are Pro Show Web from Photodex and Animoto Video Maker. Both are subscription-based services, with free (albeit limited) options, but I think that ProShow Web offers a broader set of features and creative tools.
$30-150 annual subscription
ProShow Web for Windows, Mac and iOS offers a broad array of features and customization, including the ability to set custom timing, add effects to captions and create your own slideshow themes. The latter is particularly important so you can create your own templates for a consistent look to your motion projects.
Of course, you have access to music tracks as well and images can be downloaded from Dropbox, Smugmug and 500px among other sites. ProShow Web allows Plus and Premium members to create videos as long as 20 minutes or 500 photos (free membership is restricted to 15 photos per show, for example). Start out with the free membership to get a feel for the software, but you may find that you’ll want to upgrade right away. Subscriptions range from $30 to $150 annually.
Also check out:
Animoto, prices start at $5/month to $500/year (with commercial licensing), for iOS 6.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android 2.2 or later
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