Top 6 Mobile Apps for Photographers

Top 6 Mobile Apps for Photographers

As photographers, the one thing we always have with us is our cameras. And just to be clear, by camera, I mean camera phone. Think about it, I don’t know about you, but if I am not working on a paid job, the last thing I want to do is lug around my heavy camera. Instead, I default to my mobile device.

The best camera is the one you have with you!

Below is a list of apps I find myself using quite often. It’s by no means a do all end all list of app, but it’s a good start.

Check the links to see if they have it for your device.


Snapseed by Google // Free

Typically, the first tool I use when I take an image. We all need some basic editing for our images. I don’t want to put images in Photoshop, etc. Simple, down and dirty editing. Things like color correct. Typically when I use my iPhone to take pictures I am dealing with all sorts of different color light.

In addition, Snapseed has some killer HDR, Textures, and other special edit filters to give your images a unique look and feel.

iPhone // Android



Cropic by Lotogram // Free

I love Instagram. But it’s square! What do you do when you want to showcase your full image without losing or cropping out details? Cropic is the answer. Easily import your image and send right to Instagram.

Visit their website for more information.



Hipstamatic by Hipstamatic // $1.99

Fun fun app. Lots of filters via their Hipsta-Pak feature. With so many apps out there that really do the same thing, Hipstamatic really allows you to experiment and have fun with a different perspective.

Visit their website for more information.

New on my phone.

Always looking for new apps, here are some that I have recently started using in the last few months. Defeintly worth checking out.



Mextures by Merek Davis // $1.99

AMAZING app! Killer pre-sets and unlimited options for layering edits and adjusting their intensity levels. Can’t say enough good things about this app.

Not many photographers I run into know about this app, but it’s sure to get the attention of camera phone junkies shortly. Really allows you to create some unique looks  fairly quickly and easily.

Visit their website for more information.




Slower Shutter by Michael Wong  //  $.99

If you are into landscape photography or long exposures at all… THIS IS THE APP FOR YOU! Using ND filters to limit the amount of light coming in to get those amazing long exposures is nothing short of mathematical epileptic shock treatment – I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds painful.

Placing the filter on your camera is the easy part, calculating the proper exposure is not always straight forward and when we are talking about a 20min to 1 hour exposure making a mistake can cost you an entire day waiting for the light and weather to be right again.

This app makes it simple to figure out your exact settings for any long exposure. Best $.99 I have EVER spent.

Visit their website for more information.


Map-A-Pic Location Scout by Sea to Software // $4.99

Ever find an amazing location and wish you knew how to get back there? Your prayers have been answered.

Map-A-Pic allows you to take multiple images, name the location, store GPS location, and add notes along with a host of other options.

This is a powerful app that really allows you to easily keep track of all those locations you have found and easily click to get directions when you need to get there for that next great shoot.

Visit their website for more information.


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Derek Lamoureux

    This is great. As a pro photographer this article is informative!

  2. Ann

    Thanks for these. I love how your screen shots focus on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest 😉

  3. David Terry

    Don’t forget Shootipedia – available both as a mobile app and via a browser. The more people use it, the better it gets.

  4. Rebecca Nash

    Love this post!
    I have snapseed, downloading Map-A-Pic now but the others don’t seem to be available for android :S

  5. John C. Driskill

    I’m sharing this will my friends on Facebook who take horrible pictures of themselves and post the bad results for all to see.

  6. Thunderfunk

    Shame that half of these apps are iPhone only, as I’m liking the look of Mextures.

  7. Abbie

    Fab apps! I have been wanting one for light/time/sunset and there are so many are you all using any good ones? For andriod

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