If there is one thing that I can say for certain, it is that it is an exciting time for mobile photography. Every year the phones and tablets we use get faster, lighter and more efficient When it comes to mobile photography, both IOS and Android are continuing to push the boundaries of what we think is possible in sensors that are incredibly small. Having a powerful camera that fits into your pocket has never been more practical.
While Apple and IOS (iPhone & iPad) have been the products championed by photographers and the photo industry for years, things are continuing to change. Google’s Android mobile devices now equate for roughly 72% of ALL smart phones worldwide (SOURCE), while Apple’s iPad is quickly losing ground in the tablet market to the likes of Samsung, Amazon and Google’s own Nexus line. In the end, this competition is good for us all, as each company continues to try to out do the other. These days I use the entire Android Nexus line of devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10) as well as a Samsung Galaxy SIII.
In February of 2012, I published the article “Twenty Apps Every Android Photographer Should Have” to much fan fair. To this day, it continues to receive a large amount of traffic. However as you know, 12 months is a long time in the technology world and much has changed since then. With that in mind, I am happy to present to you Twenty Apps Every Android Photographer Should Have Vol 2!
*Many of these apps have free versions, but if you like the app, purchase the full version and help support the app developers.
Recommended Apps for Photographers
Snapseed is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day. It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips.Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software. Built-in Google+ capabilities make it even more powerful to share your images with your friends and family.
Pixlr Express is a fun and free photo editor that lets you quickly crop, re-size, and fix any picture, remove red-eye, and whiten teeth. Then choose from more than 600 effects, overlays, and borders to personalize any image—all for free. From the makers of Pixlr-o-matic, Pixlr Express will make you look like a pro, even if you’ve never edited a photo before.
Touch Retouch is an award-winning photo editor that allows you to remove unwanted content or objects from any photo, using just your finger and your phone. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. That’s all there is to it. Photo editing has never been so quick, easy and convenient.
PicsPlay Pro contains 200 presets and all editing features which allow you to express the best moment of your life. 200 Professional presets in 10 themes, Live Tilt-Shift, Time Matrix with temporal photographic effects, Powerful Editing Tools for both beginners & professionals
Perfectly Clear is the industry leader in Automatic Image Correction, currently correcting over 20 million images each day for our licensees! Our powerful and intelligent Desktop and LAB software have led the way for an award winning iPhone app and now Android app.
Camera360 is a worldwide popular camera app. It is ever honored as one of Top100 Technology Products all over the world by PCWorld in 2011. It is easy and fluent. It has rich Effects and has won 70 million users around the world so far. It is pioneering in phone photography.
Paper Camera is the ultimate collection of cartoon/sketch/comic book/half tone/noir/neon and many other effects painted directly in your camera, no more boring post-effects, it’s all real time, you simply won’t stop wandering, wherever you are, having a look at things and cartoon-ize them!
Camera FV-5 is a professional camera application for mobile devices, that puts DSLR-like manual controls in your fingertips. Tailored to enthusiast and professional photographers, with this camera application you can capture the best raw photographs so that you can post-process them later and get stunning results. The only limit is your imagination and creativity!
With Photo Grid you can make your photos collection into amazing collage. Features Include: The best collage creator on Android for Instagram, High mode，Wide mode，Free style collage, and PhotoGrid, Shake or select layout to rearrange photos, Edit Mode you can Move, Swap, Rotate, Zoom, Lots of layout templates, frame and background, Share your collage to:Facebook, Instagram Twitter, Flicker, Picasa, Blogger, Tumblrand other social media.
Pic Collage lets you easily create fun collages from your mobile photos, Facebook photos and from the web. Use simple intuitive touch gestures to rotate, resize, edit and delete photos. Add text and photo effects to your collages, and share them via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Instagram – A beautiful way to share your world. It’s fast, free and fun! 100 million users love Instagram! It’s a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your Android. Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
Create and share beautiful photos. Streamzoo your moment! Streamzoo is a free, fun and easy way to create and share beautiful photos that’ll have your friends begging to know how you did it. There’s a filter and border combination for your every mood, and with so many other awesome editing options, Streamzoo is the only photo app you need in your toolbox. And once you’re done, share your photo in one shot with your friends and family on both Streamzoo and your favorite social networks.
Pinterest allows you to Discover, collect, and share inspiration. Pinterest is a tool to find your inspiration and share it with others. Use it to collect things you love, organize and plan important projects, and more. Features include: Pin images from around the web, Explore pins and boards you’re interested in, Get inspiration from DIY, Travel, Food and other categories, Pin with your camera.
With AfterFocus, you can create DSLR-style background blurred photo by simply selecting focus area. Also, various filter effects offer you to create the most natural and realistic photo. Selecting a focus area more precisely, you can achieve more natural and professional image. Just mark the areas you want, AfterFocus automatically recognizes the focus area precisely even for an object with complex shapes.
F-Stop Media Gallery makes organizing your photos and videos has never been so easy and intuitive. F-Stop is the ONLY Android application that uses the information already saved inside your photos (known as metadata) to manage your media. F-Stop uses industry standards so it can read metadata created by popular desktop applications such as Picasa™, Windows Live™ Photo Gallery, Lightroom®, Aperture®, or any program that uses these standards. This allows you to keep your tags and ratings that are created outside of F-Stop Media Gallery and sort by the actual date taken — not the date last modified like most apps.
With the GoPro App you can now control your GoPro camera (Hero 2 with WIFI back or any Hero 3) remotely using an Android or Apple device. Features include: full control of all camera settings; live, remote viewfinder/preview of your mobile device for easy shot framing, and more.
With Sundroid you have everything you need to know about the movements of the sun, moon and planets! Calculates sunrise, sunset, twilights, golden hours, length of day, the path of the sun and moon, moonrise & moonset times and more for any date, anywhere in the world. Handy for astronomy, photography, outdoor activities, planning gardens, holidays, hunting, and more. Four widgets are included so the information is at your fingertips when you need it.
PayPal Here is a free app combined with a pocket-sized encrypted card reader. With it, you can accept many forms of payment on your Android smartphone* – wherever you are, even on the go.I use this app to secure payments from workshop clients when out in the field or for print sales at art shows.
Lapse It allows you to capture amazing time lapse and stop motion videos with this award-winning app. Lapse It is an award-winning full featured app for capturing amazing time lapse clips with your Android camera, simple, fast and intuitive.
Photo Sphere – While you can not purchase this feature, it comes stock with Android 4.2. In my opinion, it is by far the most prolific feature/app to come to mobile photography in a long time. I use this feature to create 360 degree panoramas that can be turned into a Google “Street View” experience at a given location. I highly recommend that you upgrade your phone to one that either has or will get Android 4.2 so that you can begin to take your own Photo Spheres.
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author that specializes in landscape, travel and wildlife photography. His photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. He has worked as a photo instructor for National Geographic and founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.
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