Brand new and better apps for photographers are being released every day. Here are some of the new ones which will make your travel images better. In fact some of these news apps add important camera features previously available only on higher end cameras to your newer smartphones or tablets. Be sure to update your device’s operating system or getting a newer device as some of these news apps need the latest and greatest. These new apps are so good that you might reconsider a new smart device purchase instead of getting a new or camera upgrade. (Wow, I though I would never say this!). The convenience of a smart phone in your pocket while travelling beats the clunking cameras and heavy camera bags and back breaking back packs. The quality of the bigger lenses in cameras is much higher than the tiny lenses in smart devices but watch for new technology solutions to narrow the lens quality gap between the two.
Superior Camera Apps for your Smart Devices
The camera app provided in iPhones, IPads and older Android devices is very limited. Consider getting a newer Android device (which may have better camera apps) or using these third party apps to give more photography controls similar to traditional digital cameras. Search your app store on your device (on Android devices it’s called Play Store; on Apple devices it’s called App Store) to find the apps mentioned in this post.
- The $3.39 “Manual” App by Little Pixels gives high end camera functionality for your iPhone 5 and up, iPad or iPad touch.. This includes Control of shutter speed, ISO, White Balance and amazingly exposure compensation as well. You need to update your IOS operating system and search the app store under iPhone apps.
- 640 Pro Mk III is a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch. You have instant access to everything that can be controlled on an iOS camera: e.g. manual exposure control, Shutter Priority, ISO Priority, spot or matrix metering. ±3 Exposure Value (EV) compensation and other features.
- The Camera FV-5 for Android devices costs $3.90 and provides many higher end camera features such as exposure compensation, ISO, light metering mode, focus mode, white balance, program mode, Exposure bracketing and the option to shoot Raw files (as DNG format). These are ground breaking features for a smart phone with one app. Why pay hundreds of dollars for a new camera when you can spend just $4? Perhaps poorer cell phone/tablet lens quality and image resolution/size is a factor?
Here are 2 apps for Apple devices and 1 app for Android devices:
for Apple devices only
Other New Apps to make your device’s camera act like a good one
- Cogitap Software has released a series of individual $1.99 apps for the iPhone and iPad each of which gives a highly creative tool for capturing amazing travel photography just like a sophisticated camera does. The tools include slow shutter cam, burst mode-high speed and night modes; and for the iPhone only an HDR Fusion and Bracket Mode apps. To access these apps open iTunes and search for them by name or Cogitap.
The Cogitap Night Modes app slows down your shutter speed and increases the ISO (sensor sensitivity to light as shown in the following screen shots. Be sure to rest your device on a firm surface for a sharp image.
TheCogitap Slow Shutter Cam app gives you slow shutter speeds for highly creative effects.
Slow Shutter Can app by Cogitap
- A highly rated photo editing app
- create collages, write on a photo
- High end portrait processing (eg. glamor style)
One of our favorite photographers is Luana Oliveri a destinations services manager with Oceania Cruise Lines. She does incredibly amazing self portraits with her smart phone and gives them a glamor boost using the Picarts app. Check out her Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lulu.oliveri where she regularly posts here artistic jaw dropping portrait images as she travels the world. Thanks Luana for giving us permission to mention your body of work and Facebook link. You rock! Here is a sample of one of her beautiful self-portraits using Picsart:
Here are some other photography apps that have been around some time and are still worth considering.
Snapseed – for all devices, a Google company
- Single tap Auto Correct
- Tweak your photo with Tune Image
- enhance specific objects in your photos
- filters: Drama, Vintage, Grunge, & Tilt-Shift
- Add Image Borders
- Easy online sharing tools.
- A top photography app: Respected smartphone photographers would not be shooting every day if not for Instagram’s vibrant and supportive community, and having a place to share everything they shoot.
- It continues to change the world’s relationship with photography. Comment feedback and likes are immediate.
- For tablets either Mac or Pc
- produce collages
- cool filters
- Include high-quality presets by well-known smartphone photographers
- a “clarify” tool for equalizing an image’s exposure
- editing tools with precise controls
- A great camera replacement app @ $2.99
- All hardware but Windows phone
DSLR Remote Control App
- from OnOne Software
- To fire some Nikon/Canon SLR’s remotely from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
Don’t have GPS on your Camera?
- Use the Android/Iphone app: GPS4CAM fFor geotagging without a camera GPS
- Lite/Free or Pro/$4 www.gps4cam.com
If our readers use and recommend apps suitable for travel photographers please include the app details in the comments section below so others can share and use your joy! If you enjoyed this post please share it on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your other social networks.
About the Authors. David and Anna Smith are World travel & fine art photographers, Bloggers, workshop leaders, key note speakers and cruise ship guest lecturers, Their world image archive: Interface Images, fine art gallery: Celebrate the World, on line photo courses and Blog: Images-Connecting the World.