Since today is Christmas I’m guessing there are a lot of people with brand new iPads out there. There are hundreds of apps for photo and video. Many are great. Others…not so much. I really don’t do much with video, and I’m just a casual photographer. If that describes you (or even close) these are the apps I suggest you download to get a feel for what the iPad can do. Keep in mind that I’m limiting myself to just $4, which is a big challenge!
Here are four editors. PhotoToaster has a full version for just $2. I haven’t downloaded the latest Snapseed since Google bought it. I’ve heard that this new version has removed some features, but since it’s free you might want to try it.
- Camera+ for iPad for $1
- PhotoToaster Jr. for free
- Snapseed for free
- Adobe Photoshop Express for free
This next app does one thing, it touches up imperfections in photos and can even remove people (and other big things) from the photo.
- TouchRetouch HD for $1
Last but not least, here are two that let you create ‘artwork’ from your photo. Popsicolor is currently one of my favorites for the uniqueness of the water color effect, so I had to put it up here. I’ll be the first to admit that my favorite varies as the year goes on, but I’m betting this one has lasting power. If you want to cut your budget to just $2, you could skip that one for now.
As an added bonus there are several apps in that list that are Universal: PhotoToaster Jr., Snapseed, Popsicolor, and Glaze.
I didn’t include any fun/silly sort of apps that younger kids would enjoy, and I skipped out on the really high end photo editors – which I use, but they wouldn’t fit in my budget. I also skipped out on social/photo site apps.
There are dozens of apps I always want to have with me, but I just wanted to give you a good way to get started. Enjoy!
From the author
Hello. This blog started in April 2011 and continues to grow.
If you are interested in photography with your iPhone and iPad be sure to drop by every now and then. I'll try to let you know about any photo apps that I happen to be using that day, or things that I notice about iPhoneography.
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-- a guy in Charlottesville, VA
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