Apple tends to feature a variety of apps every week ranging from Productivity to Education, Games to Movie Making. This week they are featuring photography.
For novice shutterbugs and photography fanatics alike, there’s more to a great picture than simply taking it. Our handpicked selection of apps will guid you through the entire process, from snapping an interesting subject to editing it with filters and complex tools, then finding the perfect way to share it with friends and followers.
As with any selection of apps, there are always different opinions. Here is what Apple selected in the Shoot, Edit, and Share categories for both the iPhone and iPad.
For the iPhone
- VSCO Cam
- Analog Camera
- Blux Camera Pro
I haven’t tried VSCO Cam yet, but I can’t argue with any of the others. I have to wonder how Camera+ could be left out of the list for shooting. Or for more specialized shots, you would have to include Show Shutter and one of the HDR tools such as Pro HDR. That is all that pops in to my head right now (there is one that lets you do live black and white with filters applied…but I just can’t find it. Too many apps!). I’ll be honest, 90% of the time I just use the built in camera when I am shooting photos.
- Fuzel Pro
This is where limiting the list to five items is extremely difficult. Snapseed tends to be an easy choice lately. If they would add the ability to zoom in to the image as you are doing your edits that would drastically improve the app. I briefly played with Over, but I don’t place text or artwork on my photos very often (the app did seem pretty nice). I’ve played with iPhoto, but it seems to crash about 25% of the time I use it. I find it a bit frustrating. I also find the user interface a bit non-intuitive. It’s interesting how different people like different interfaces.
So, there are so many others that could be listed here. Camera+ isn’t a true editor, but it is rather powerful, especially with the most recent update where multiple filters can be applied. PhotoToaster and Photogene are both superb editors (I think I’m leaning more towards PhotoToaster lately). I’m sure people could name many others. For specialized looks or tools in the editing there are apps such as Percolator, Popsicolor, Glaze, Touch Retouch and Image Blender (to name just a few) that never leave my iPhone. Afterlight has been sitting in the #1 spot lately in Photo Apps. I haven’t tried it, but one of these days I’ll give it a shot. I have a feeling editing is the category that would get the widest array of answers.
- Ink Cards
Not much to say here. There are a number of apps that let you send a card from the app. And 500px was left off the list. Since Instagram and Facebook seem to dominate, many will never get past those. I’ve been on Flickr for years so I use that app the most.
For the iPad
- Blux Camera for iPad
- Camera+ for iPad
- ProCam XL
- Polamatic for iPad
I can’t argue with any of these. I’ve discovered that I tend to never use my iPad to shoot photos. I’ve used these (other than PureShot) and they are all nice apps.
- Adobe Photoshop Touch
- Halftone 2
Similar to the list on the iPhone, it is hard to limit this to just five apps. Apple listed Halftone 2 which is a really nice app, but it opens the list up to other specialized apps such as Tangled FX. Editing on the iPad is a great experience when apps make good use of the screen real estate. Camera+ and PhotoToaster pop in to my mind. I enjoy both on the iPad. Especially PhotoToaster.
- Ink Cards
I tend to share a bit less from my iPad than my iPhone so I don’t have as much experience on this set of apps. And as I said, I primarily use Flickr. Their app is only for the iPhone, so I use FlickrStackr for Flickr on my iPad. Memorability is a relatively new app that is great for sharing and I think it would be a good one for Apple to include the next time they make this list.
So, what do you think of the choice Apple made? Good, bad, or ugly? It’s hard to argue with a list of just five items since there are so many apps that individuals feel are THE app they must have. I currently have hundreds of photo apps on my iOS devices and I’m starting to lose track of things. One of these days in the not to distant future I’m going to zap my apps and start from scratch. I’ll be sure to keep track of which apps I feel are mandatory on my iPhone and iPad. Soon…
PS: Sorry I didn’t link to all these apps, but my fingers would get tired of copy/pasting. Hopefully you can search in iTunes
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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