Photography, with the advent of digital cameras, is a rapidly growing occupation, hobby, and passion. While having the best tools won’t necessarily make you a better photographer, it’s certainly true that the best photographers are constantly looking for the best possible tools.
The iPad is quickly becoming a superb tool for a whole host of different professionals, with new apps and developments improving its capacity every month. Apple has pushed hard to make the new iPad even more appealing to photographers, the gorgeous display an absurdly tempting proposition.
Here I’ve collected together some of the best apps available for photographers, in a whole host of different categories. I’ve tried to be creative and look at the great possibilities there are with the iPad, hopefully you’ll find something you’d never thought of before!
Getting inspired is vital for taking awesome photographs, and 500px is a beautiful way to do just that! Jacob gave it a solid 8/10 in his review, saying;
Enjoy the world’s best photos right at your fingertips. Discover exhilarating landscapes, cute wildlife moments, striking portraits and more.
James Cull recently reviewed iPhoto for the iPad and gave it a coveted 10/10! I love the accessibility of the app and the carefully designed touch interface. While it’s not designed for professionals, you can’t actually edit in RAW or deal with massive image files, iPhoto is a superb app for getting stuck into photo editing on the move.
iPhoto for iPad is the perfect photography software for most people, making beautiful use of the display of the new iPad – that’s until Aperture for iPad comes out, of course.
A new kind of travel app that brings you the best places in the world to visit, photograph, and experience. It’s the ultimate app for explorers, photographers, and daydreamers.
The Guardian Eyewitness a fantastic way to get a fresh perspective on the world we live in, by seeing it from a different angle (sometimes literally). The photographs never fail to amaze me, while the design of the app is aimed directly at perfectly showcasing the shots. You can share and favourite the images, but not much else really!
My favourite feature of The Guardian Eyewitness app is the Pro Tip that comes with each shot. As someone with a healthy interest in photography, it’s great to get a note on what makes each photo work so well – I particularly like when they go into detail about the setup!
Why am I including a weather app in a roundup of apps for photographers? Because finding the right conditions for a shot can make a world of difference to the end result, and I love Magical Weather. It gives you detailed hourly weather predictions, helping you to plan your adventurous excursions. I reviewed Magical Weather back in October and summed it up thus:
Magical Weather is a beautifully designed weather app for the iPad that manages to be both elegant and useful. Apple could hardly have done better…
I really like Magical Weather, but sometimes you need more detailed information.
Intellicast HD is free and provides you with a whole host of advanced weather features including radar, storm cell tracking, and one feature that makes it perfect for photographers; sunrise/set time.
This feature helps you find the Golden hour and really make use of all the different qualities of light you get at dawn and dusk.
Filterstorm is a superb app that really shows the potential of the iPad in the photography space. It’s a robust, fully-featured mobile photography editing system for professional and prosumer photographers who need to edit large numbers of high resolution images.
Despite its mobile nature, it may even be able to replace a laptop-based workflow for some – it’s that powerful! We gave it a 9/10 in our comprehensive review.
Here’s another app that might strike you as pretty odd in this roundup! Let me explain.
Improving any skill, developing any talent, requires you to occasionally step back and evaluate your abilities and progress. What better way to journal your experiences and muse over your shots than Day One..
Nathaniel gave Day One a strong 9/10 back in November, summing it up thus.
Day One is an app designed to allow you to capture your thoughts and create journal entries anywhere you happen to be, giving you powerful tools to keep a journal that syncs across devices but also offers advanced features for deeper customization and protection against prying eyes.
There are many Fotopedia apps, but three of them spring to mind as being eminently useful to photographers; Heritage, Wild Friends, and National Parks. Heritage and Wild Friends are free, so download them now and get inspired!
National Parks is a mere $0.99, what’s your excuse!
All three of these apps give you a wealth of inspiration, and may give you some fantastic ideas for where to head next for a great photography adventure!
This app, and the next, were both suggested by a reader (see below) and are well worth checking out! Photosmith is the iPad companion to Adobe Lightroom, that allows you to organize, rate, tag and label your photos while on the road before you import into Lightroom.
It’s a powerful tool that allows you to edit and organise RAW photos, and photos of 20mb+.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan your outdoor photography shoots, particularly landscape and urban scenes. It’s a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, be it day or night, for any location on earth.
Using this in combination with the aforementioned weather apps will allow you to always get your shots in perfect conditions!
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! Let me know of any apps that you’ve found particularly useful for improving, or inspiring, your photography!