Wednesday, April 6, 2011

There’s an App For That – Photography

Recently a friend asked my advice about which photo apps I recommend for her smartphone. My response to her, and almost always is when asked a general question like this is, “Well, that depends.” What does she want to accomplish?

In this case, it’s to take quick pictures to remember things she saw while out and about. As well, she enjoys taking pictures of beautiful things, so there’s also an artistic component to what she photographs.

This is exactly how I like to use the camera in my iPhone, so I thought, “Hmmm, maybe other people are using their smartphone cameras this way too,” so it motivated me to put together this list of useful apps for photography.

As you already know, there’s a good, basic camera app that comes bundled in the smartphone when you bought it, and it works pretty well. But there’s soooo much more you can do with your smartphone’s ability to take a picture, but it means downloading third party apps.

There are literally dozens of apps to help you be a better photographer, so here are just a few to get you started. This list is for the iPhone. Links to Droid and Blackberry apps are shown below. Click on each name to go to a link for it.

This all encompassing app has numerous features that every photographer wants in a camera, including 6x zoom, switch to video, timer and sound capture, anti-shake, etc., etc. But it does more than what the app that came with your iPhone does, so check it out for yourself.

If you want to take rapid succession pictures, this app is ideal. Kid’s soccer game, breaking news, a gaggle of geese on the fly; no problem. Lots of other nifty features make this a highly rated iPhone camera app.

You no longer have to wait to download your photographs to iPhoto to level it. Now there’s an app that does that for you when you’re taking the picture. It has lots of other cool features to make your photographs look better with less effort on your part.

This app allows you to enhance your photos using classic camera and film simulations. Enhance the mood of the image with stunning results.

Take stunning, seamless panoramic photographs with this app. Even 360º photographs by compiling up to 16 images are easy to do.

I’m an iPhone devotee and therefore, can speak from experience about the above apps. So, in all fairness, here’s a handy list of Android camera apps that Mashable recommends. 

And for those who want to see more, here’s a complete list of photo apps available in Android’s app store, and the complete list of photo apps for Blackberry.

If you would like to add your thoughts about other apps that work well for you, I encourage you to share it with others by leaving a comment.

UPDATE: May 16, 2011
An app that lets you take 360 degree images?! YES!
Use your iPhone to pan the shot and share it with your friends. Or not.

UPDATE: April 17, 2011
I just found this web site that lists 30 iPhone photo apps, and thought that if you're serious about taking pictures with your iPhone that you might be interested in seeing more options than the few posted here. The link to the page is HERE.

UPDATE: April 11, 2011
This new app for the iPad is getting rave reviews, so I thought you should know about it. It's aimed at professional photographers, but I expect that anyone serious about their photography will benefit as well.

The list of what this app can do is so long that you should just read it on the iTunes description. And it has a 5 star rating from users, which is as good as it gets. And here's a link to a professional photography web site's review of it.

This information is intended as a guideline only with no guarantee of results.

All images are from iTunes.

Copyright © The B. Hammil Company, 2011


  1. Instagram is among the famous photography apps on Apple. Thanks for sharing this one.
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