15+ Best iPad Apps For Photographers

December 14, 2012 · 22 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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The great flexibility and mobility of iPad has made it an ultimate solution for people who want to be productive while on the go. However, this becomes possible only if the device has the appropriate apps to deal with the specific tasks that you want to perform. For that, developers are offering thousands of iPad apps to meet every conceivable task that can done while facing your PC or laptop. This is aside from the awesome apps that we can find only in iPad.

As photographers, we can gain access to a substantial array of apps available for our iPad that replicate the way we do our job with our PC. These apps will probably not replace our existing PC based applications entirely they certainly can be used as the next best option to make the most of our time while on the move. In this post, we are highlighting a set of really best iPad apps, which will help to you in your upcoming photography projects. Some of these are free and some are premium apps that you can buy for just a few bucks. These are very affordable nevertheless. We hope that these best iPad apps can make a difference in your job as photographer. Do you also have a online presence? Few will argue that awesome images also need a awesome website. With WordPress themes for photographers or photography website templates this is within reach even if you are not familiar with web design.

If you have you iPad with you on the run as a photographer there are some really nice and best iPad cases you need to check out! I just updated this article with new apps and checked all links to existing resources.


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Best iPad Apps For Photographers

1. Camera Awesome

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Camera Awesome takes your photos to the next level by shooting faassst and taking sharper, better-exposed shots. Make your memories come alive with stunning professional effects. 0-Tap sharing on the sites you love.

2. CameraBag

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Camerabag is a cool iPad app that enhances your photos using the many classic camera and film simulations. It is like having a dozen unique cameras all in one app! It creates stunning results by emulating styles and processes from some of the most interesting cameras of the past to enhance the mood of an image. Among the cameras which are included in CameraBag are: Helga, which is square-format toy camera with washed-out highlights and old-school vignetting; Colorcross, which gives you a hazy, chemical color-swapping straight from the darkroom; Magazine creates rich tones for glossy pages and many more. CameraBag is also available for the Mac and PC.

3. Adobe Photoshop Express

iPad apps for Photography

With Photoshop Express, you can now have fun while on the run with your photos. This is one of the best iPad apps and allows you to easily improve your photos by simply dragging your finger across the screen to crop, rotate, or adjust color. You can also add artistic filters like Soft Focus or Sketch. Like the PC version, you can undo and redo changes until you get just the look of the photo you want. All this with the copy of your original file saved. What’s more? You can also your online albums on Photoshop.com and display images that are not actually stored in your device thus giving you access to tons of pictures that does not in anyway consume the memory out of your iPad. The cool thing about this is that you can post these photos not only in Photoshop.com but also in Facebook and Twitter straight from your iPad.

4. 100 Cameras in 1 for iPad

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This iPad app is a storehouse of a lot of amazing effects that you can use to enhance the beauty of your photos. It features 100 different effects that use mixes of hardlight, overlay, and more with beautiful textures from around the world. It also has many additional features, including hi-res effects at 2000×2000 pixels that you can avail in your iPad. This is indeed an app that takes the editing process in a whole new, beautiful directions.

5. Filterstorm

iPad apps for Photography

Photoshop express by Adobe is somewhat an app that we know about because of the amazing functionality of its PC version. For its part, Photoshop express performs well for quick easy corrections but when you need more editing effects, call up Filterstorm. It contains a suite of powerful tools including curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and black and white conversion fine-tuning. This iPad app also includes the powerful ability to apply any of the available filters by brush, color range, and gradient.

6. PhotoSync – wirelessly transfers your photos and videos

iPad apps for Photography

PhotoSync is one of the best ipad apps and I’m sure it will transform your photo handling forever. It‘s the first iPad app that makes wireless transfer of your photos/videos from/to your Computer, other devices, Dropbox, and Flickr a breeze. You will never want to use a cable again!

7. LightKit

iPad apps for Photography

Lightkit is an app that transforms your iPad into a lighting system to give an ideal reflection for your subject just like in a real Photo Studio. This iPad app can give you 12 different lightsources to blend with the general lighting condition around your subject. It’s the simplest way to get great looking light and reflections on miniatures, packshots and pictures in general.

8. Easy Release

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As a professional photographer, more likely, you carry with you, model release and property release forms written in paper. Well, worry no more! This iPad app can give you these essential forms in digital format which saves you from trouble in carrying bulky papers just for the purpose. With easy release, you can have your own contract or release forms that allows you to attach a picture for each of your model. All this in an easy to release form that you can send straight to your model’s email, the property owner’s and yourself. It’s also a nice way to thrill your models by having them affix their signatures on their forms that got saved on this app. You can of course make their signing more realistic by providing them with a nice little stylus.

9. HelloPhoto

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HelloPhoto is an iPad app that can effectively resurrect photos taken on slides and negatives, reviving an art form that’s slowly being overlooked in this digital era. Whether you are nostalgic, a photo purist, or have boxes of slides and negatives to sort through, HelloPhoto can rescue your film from dust.

10. The Guardian Eyewitness

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Guardian Eyewitness is a free app for iPad that showcases the world’s most distinctive and provocative photographs, providing a daily, visual reflection of global events. Using this iPad app is therefore a nice way to be inspired with the way other photographers from around the world capture their subjects.

11. Impression

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Impression lets you add a watermark to photos on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. You can resize the watermark text, position it in any location on the photo and change its transparency. Through an in-app-purchase option, you can also change the font and the color of the watermark text. Download this free iPad app and begin watermarking your images.

12. Eye Color Booth HD – Multicolor Eye Changer

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This iPad app can let you change your eyes into amazing multi-colored eyes with a beautifully textured iris. The results are mesmerizing in which a halo is created with multiple colors to create the most realistic stunning results! You can create single, multi-colored or full-spectrum eyes and save the results to photo library or share via email, Facebook or Twitter.

13. Folio HD

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Personally connect through the “Folio” App with Models, Makeup Artists, and Hair Stylists while viewing vivid fine art image examples created in collaboration with photographer Jason Hallmark. An ever-growing collection of exotic photographs and abstract art images will capture your discerning eye. Waiting for you is a visual experience sure to amaze with its clarity, saturation, and talent.

14. Instagallery – browse Instagram photos

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With this iPad app, you can view a gallery of Instagram photos in comfort on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. See some popular photos or sign in to to see photos from the people you follow, view your own photos, “like” photos, read and add comments, see what users your friends follow, etc.

15. DecoSama

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Using DecoSama to decorate your pictures or design your own cards. Including more than 300 illustrations for you and keep updating.

16. Photo Slides

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This iPad app puts your iPad into good use by transforming it into a digital photo frame showing slideshows of stunning images from Flicker. Whether your iPad is sitting idle on the office table or near the bedside, Photo Slides is a perfect app to run when you are doing nothing at all. All this for free.

17. MobileMonet Free

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Give your photos an artistic touch! MobileMonet Free converts a photo to a beautiful artistic rendering employing a creative interactive process. And it’s a FREE iPad app!

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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jacob white March 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I’m afraid screens will always remain uncalibrated on a device like an ipad … you cannot, ever calibrate a screen like an ipad … you need a desktop type of screen… Enzio may no longer be necessary in most cases – but to be safe forget anything that is mobile, including laptops cannot be used.

That doesn’t mean ipads can not be useful for photographers, quite the contrary – but they need to integrate into the early stages of a shoot. I.e. syncing with the camera while shooting so that you can immediately see the image on a big screen, being able to use the ipad as a sorting tool before you hit the studio for further processing, etc.

Nothing like that exists without huge compromises that I and other professionals are willing to take.

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Jacob White February 25, 2013 at 1:58 am

Hi,
First of all it seems that you have generated a list of apps thaat many, dare I say, amateurs are indeed enjoying and thats a great achievement.

However as a professional I must admit that so far Ihave yet to find an app that actually does what I need – of which there are a few apps that look promissing but just don’t deliver.

1- Editing: Anyone who uses photography as a professional will know that any editing on a non calibrated screen is a big no-no. You just don’t get the result you or your clients need consistent manner. Thats why all apps that promisses any form of editing (apart from cropping, renaming and labeling for further processing in the studio) can be safely ignored. So what a photographer may find useful is more of a pre-process workflow app that does just that – you get out of a shoot, you’re on a plane, train, backseat of a car and you upload your photograph to your ipad for some simple labeling and rating so that you’ve made a pre-selection, you get to your studio and that information is synced back into lightroom, aperture or capture one. This app does exist but only works with lightroom which isn’t my main organiser… I mainly work with Capture One and Aperture.

2. Managing a Portfolio: the Photo App by Apple does let you sync folders from Aperture on to your app… Its abit cumbersome to not be able to make changes in app – but I could almost live with that. HOWEVER for some reason (probably out of lazyness and because Apple is straight out arrogant) it crops images on the sides if the format of your image doesn’t fit Apples pre-defined size(s). That is such a big no-no that this app reduces itself to useless ness and in fact has simply outraged me. How dare you Apple, decide on how to crop images from a photographer without asking permission. I had embarrassing meetings with a client where he pointed out that it’s strange that croped out something on the side – and I was at a loss of words – it didn’t look good at all, it looked like I was careless! I almost lost the account. Fotofolio promisses the idea that You can create folios / galleries but it is cumbersome and a lot functions don’t work

It is those simple things that after 5 years of existance the ipad still can’t deliver and a main reason why I’m close to binning my ipad altogether because its primary use (ie portfolio and pre-sorting) promissed to me by Apples cunning advertising, simply isn’t good enough for professional use and in some cases is detremental for your reputation!

For professionals Apple has become a bit more rotten – I’m sure that for home users Apple will remain a lot of fun. But for me that’s not enough for such an expensive tool.

Cheers!

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Lars February 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Jacob, thanks for sharing your view on this. If you find the secret editing prof weapon please share it with us 😉

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malik February 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I have taken plenty of photo shots in superbowl and edited them with plethora of built in effects, cool text messages and share with friends on social media with photo splash Fx. Indeed this is awesome app.

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smalik January 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I have used this app and found it very cool. being an experienced photographer, I found these features really useful Being an experienced photographer are you looking for some impressive iPhone/iPad app to make your photographs masterpieces instantly with a few taps? Try Photo Splash Fox that has the following unique features that you can’t find in any other app altogether.
• Make shots awesome, no matter if they are old vintage black and white or new high resolution colorful images, by applying a plethora of special effects
• Use selective colors, variety of brush sizes (either manual or automatic), gestures like Pan/Zoom/Splash, unlimited undos, Colorize, Tintalize, Recolor, blends brush to create custom effects and text blending in the image.
• It supports both landscape or portrait mode and options like loading/import photo from Cloud, instead of just from the camera or photo library.
.Choice of 130+ built-in effects on different parts of the same image with numerous attempts and still having the option of creating your own custom effects .
• The option to make a favorite list of built-in effects to choose them easily for future.
• Share your masterpiece with your friends through Email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, even export to photo and photoshop or post it in the form of card to anywhere in the world

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smalik January 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I have used this app and found it very cool. being an experienced photographer, I found these features really useful Being an experienced photographer are you looking for some impressive iPhone/iPad app to make your photographs masterpieces instantly with a few taps? Try Photo Splash Fox that has the following unique features that you can’t find in any other app altogether.
• Make shots awesome, no matter if they are old vintage black and white or new high resolution colorful images, by applying a plethora of special effects
• Use selective colors, variety of brush sizes (either manual or automatic), gestures like Pan/Zoom/Splash, unlimited undos, Colorize, Tintalize, Recolor, blends brush to create custom effects and text blending in the image.
• It supports both landscape or portrait mode and options like loading/import photo from Cloud, instead of just from the camera or photo library.
• Choice of 130+ built-in effects on different parts of the same image with numerous attempts and still having the option of creating your own custom effects .
• The option to make a favorite list of built-in effects to choose them easily for future.
• Share your masterpiece with your friends through Email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, even export to photo and photoshop or post it in the form of card to anywhere in the world.

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Herbert December 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hi,

what I miss in the list is an app to post process or shrink apps for the final usage in the web.
Something like this one, which resizes, sharpens and limits the file size:
http://www.tobiaswiedenmann.com/reduce/

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thoms September 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

For a photographer, you should not miss “Photo Slideshow Director HD” which makes great photo slideshow presentation and airplay on big screen TV.

AppStore link:

http://itunes.apple.com/app/photo-slideshow-director/id457847244

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wally August 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Who love photography will love this app!
http://itunes.apple.com/app/about-photography/id545247219

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Abel V. Riojas May 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Do you recommend an app that displays your work? I want to be able to show off what I’ve done to potential customers using the iPad.

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miaojh May 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

AirPhotoViewer Can lets you view photo form your pc over wifi with out sync  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airphotoviewer/id524118762?ls=1&mt=8

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Taz February 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

Great list however I would add 500px to it as it’s an amizing app.

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MeerkatMac February 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Great list! I’d add Photo Shack Pro in the category “Photo Management” for professional quality photo management and organization without having to duplicate any photos or videos.

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acrlo February 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

another great one is tadaa

so much fun to use and its free! =D

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Ryuji January 1, 2012 at 2:53 am

I want an app that I can pre-program to become my second shooter haha. That’s why the unemployment rate doesn’t go down…

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zorbitor November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Lo-Mob is cool too. You can pinch the screen. $1.99 (no I don’t work for them)

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KnogGlog November 11, 2011 at 8:08 am

I found this app to be very creative. It’s great for iphonographers to create more meaningful things by combining alphabet shape photos
http://itunes.apple.com/app/fontography-hd/id440966636?mt=8

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Steve November 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’ve just tried it and it’s a really great app indeed.
Thanks for sharing

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Anastasia July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

ty so much :)

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Nikhil July 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Very much detailed and appreciable.. Great share!!

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hyya July 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

and to show the world your masterpieces
http://itunes.apple.com/app/pixelex/id356469015?mt=8

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Eldon June 26, 2011 at 4:20 am

Totally agree with your app list… Only thing I would add is Snapseed from Nik software, it really is a sweet app.

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