Essential Photo Apps 2014
With a constant stream of new photo apps, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin, so I've put together this list of my go-to software for creating mobile photography and art. All these indispensable apps will save your images at high resolution and are regularly updated by their developers. A selection of must-have apps in any mobile photographer’s tool kit in 2014.
This list was updated on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
7 Excellent Apps
For All Your Basic Photo Needs
Excellent HDR (High Dynamic Range) app for iOS. Captures brilliant pictures with amazing details and bright vibrant colours. Choose between different presets or shooting modes to find your artistic style and compare 'before-and-after' HDR. Easy to use. Spectacular results.
VividHDR is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Award-winning, first-class image editing at your fingertips. Unique, intuitive gesture based interface that makes Snapseed a joy to use.
This app offers powerful and sophisticated editing tools for everyone, regardless of your style. From a documentary or more purely, contemporary photographic look, to emulating vintage photography techniques as well as working in deep post-processed artistic styles.
Tap and swipe to enhance your image, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, ambience and white balance. Auto Correct analyses your photo and automatically adjusts colour and exposure to perfection. Tune your image, make selective adjustments, straighten, rotate and crop. Bring out the details and improve the sharpness of your photo.
Add creative effects. Transform your photos to black & white, mimic vintage films, or add drama to emulate HDR films. Add depth, atmosphere and texture with the grunge filter. Draw more attention to your main subject by making the background out of focus with Center Focus or use Tilt-Shift to create shallow depth of field. With Retrolux you can make your photos look genuinely vintage with light leaks, scratches, and film styles. Add frames as a finishing touch.
Snapseed is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Mac and Windows. Developed by Nik Software. Now a Google USA service.
All In One
VSCO Cam™ is your all-in-one camera app. Simple, intuitive, fast and powerful, this app covers everything from shooting, gorgeous editing, organizing and sharing photos and has some of the finest presets you'll find for mobile photography.
VSCO Cam gives you more control through separate Focus and Exposure as well as White Balance Lock. State of the art presets and tools including black and white, vibrant classy, mellow, portraits, analog classic, moody, instant, bright, faded, portraits, analog archetype, new modern lights, polychrome summer and polychrome winter as well as a skin tone tool.
For Android, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Features in-app purchases. Developed by Visual Supply Company, California, USA.
Managing Your Images
Simplify your life. Easily backup your photos (and documents) and bring them anywhere. It's one of those rare apps that you won't believe how you could get by without, once you get it! Get started with this tutorial for How to Automatically Backup Your Mobile Photos With Dropbox.
Download Dropbox for free. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, Windows, Mac and Linux. Developed in California, USA.
Photo Transfer App
If you’re looking for a good way to safely and easily transfer photos between your devices and/or computer then you should absolutely give this app a go. This is an indispensable tool when you shoot your photos with your smartphone but prefer to edit them on the larger screen of your iPad.
Further reading: Your iPad: The Creative Tool You Didn't Know You Needed.
Transfer your photos & videos over your local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, no cables or extra software required. Impressively fast.
Photo Transfer App is available for iOS and Android devices and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux based computers. Developed by ERCLab | Mobile Development | California, USA.
Perhaps the most established photo-sharing site on the web, Flickr lets you discover a world of images, safely share and organise your images
Flickr's free app is the mobile gateway to Flickr. Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone.
Further reading: tutorial for How to Use Flickr
Developed by Yahoo, California, USA.
Another Camera App
A sophisticated filter-free camera app with a minimalist interface that emulates the way a camera works. PureShot for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, is highly configurable and professional.
- High quality, large file sizes. Choose between two sizes of JPEG output and TIFF output that is "as close to an unprocessed RAW image as you can get from an iPhone".
- Exposure, focus and white balance lock
- Real-time ISO
- Night Mode
- Artist and copyright settings
Get started with this excellent PureShot Walk-Through Video Tutorial from The App Whisperer
Developed by Jag.gr.
Table of Contents: Guides and Tutorials
- Getting Started With iPhone Photography
- 7 Essential Photo Apps « You Are Here
- Top Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing
- Top Art Apps for Sketching, Painting and Applying Painterly Effects
- Best Apps for Design and Visual Story Telling
You'll find interesting new and noteworthy apps in the Tidbits series – a mix of inspiration, sparks of genius, beauty, illumination and laughter illustrated with my iPhone photos.