There’s app for everything, and that included photography. Sure, camera phone has gone a long way form its early form back in the early 2000s. But like me, there are some of us who wanted to take their photography a bit seriously, almost professional-esque and there is apps for that too. Here’s some of my favorite apps I use in my photography.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris
TPE (Android: AU$5.42; iOS: AU$9.49) is a great app for outdoor photographer. It’s a sun and moon calculator. It practically give every detail such as golden hour, sunset and sunrise. While it’s great, it’s not the only app available in the market. TPE has competition with more expensive Helios Sun Position Calculator (AU$31.95) and slightly cheaper LightTrac (Android: AU$4.99; iOS: AU$5.49). But I personally use TPE as I already use it from day one since one of my photography when a social media buddy of mine recommended it to me. One more thing, TPE also available free for both Mac and PC.
Pocket Light Meter
Pocket Light Meter (iOS: free) is a cheap substitution to real light meter. It serve like a real light meter: you just point your camera phone and it does the reading for you. I have my doubt about the accuracy, but let’s be honest: I’m not a pro by a country mile, buying real light meter will tear a whole in my pocket. Even some photography site recommended this app as substitution for the real thing. Plus, having Pocket Light Meter at least help to get the rough idea of the lighting condition, and you don’t have to pay for it.
Long Exposure Calculator
Long Exposure Calculator (iOS: AU$4.49) is app to calculate you exposure, especially if it goes beyond the limit of 30 seconds. I included this app on my list of favorite app knowing full well long exposure is not for everyone. However, if you see all my work it’s no surprise why this app is on my list. Long Exposure Calculator help me to skip the painstaking process of counting (Math is my least favorite subject) and get instant calculation. This certainly great when I was using BULB mode during my night photography. For Android users, there is similar app for called Exposure app (Android: free) I use for Galaxy Nexus before I traded for iPhone 5.
FolioBook (iOS: AU$13.99) is a portfolio app to have on your iPad. It let you design and customize your portfolio to your liking and place photo into gallery (with each gallery able to hold up to 200 photo). There’s a lot of portfolio app in the market, notably Portfolio of iPad (iOS: AU$13.99) who has the same capability. However, FolioBook has the upper hand due to his integration with other service, such as PhotoShelter and Dropbox. Even Scott Kelby rate this app very highly in his blog post.
Google+ (Android: free; iOS: free) is a must have for photographer. Yes there is Flickr and 500px, but I explain why photography and Google+ is a match made in heaven (albeit accidental one) in my previous post. It has great communities, more than willing to help you to improve your photography. I certainly benefits from to wide selection of photography community Google+ has, and I think it’s even better than Flickr forum due to the “social media nature” of Google+.