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8 Best Apps for Photographers 2017

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August 09, 2017

With so many photography apps currently available, yet so few of them of pitched towards serious photographers, it can be tricky to work out which ones are worth installing. Check out our guide to the best photography apps and discover which ones are right for your shooting style.

 


 

Photography has never been more popular than it is right now, consequently there are plenty of apps catering for this market. The thing is though, most of these are designed for those taking snaps for social media, not shooting high quality images for demanding clients. Unsurprisingly then, the majority of photography apps available are geared towards making fairly average photos look more interesting by processing the living daylights out of them. 

 

There's nothing wrong with that of course, but if you're a serious photographer, another app full of dubious presets is unlikely to be of much interest. Surely there must be some apps out there that are designed to make life easier for pro- and semipro-level shooters? 

 

Indeed there are. But in reality, even among these, only a very few are likely to be of genuine use to the serious photographer. Take for example the crop of apps intended to help with location scouting, such as Panoramio, ShotHotspot, Spot a Spot, Map-a-Pic and Stuck on Earth. These all offer fairly similar resources, allowing you to search for a geographical location by means of overlays on Google Maps, then see what other photographers have shot there, and finally upload your own photos and location tips. 

 

Sure, it's often wise to check out a new location before you get there, especially if it's on the other side of the world. But a combination of Google Maps and a quick Flickr search already allows you to do this without the need to choke your smartphone with yet another app. 

 

What's more, after composition, use of light and people skills, it's details such as casting, props and location that set a good photographer apart from the competition. If you've found a great "secret" location, why would you want to share it with every other photographer on the planet? Conversely, what's the point of traveling half way around the world just to shoot the same view as everyone else?

 

Thankfully, though, not all apps available are quite so redundant. Given that we pretty much all walk around with smartphones now anyway, it makes little sense to carry unnecessary hardware if our phone can do these same tasks for us just as efficiently. To save you the hassle of sorting through all the dead wood and useless gimmicks, we've rounded up 8 of the best apps for professional photographers:

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8 books every creative should read

Tips & Tricks

July 26, 2017


Are the dog days of summer getting you down?  Do you feel like you’re in a slump lately when it comes to producing high quality materials? Is it time for an inspiration intervention? If this is you, then look no further than our article below where we describe eight art books every creative should have on their summer reading list.

 

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A Graphic Designer's Guide to Shooting Portfolio Photographs

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July 10, 2017

As a graphic designer today, you probably work solely using digital tools, and only ever present your portfolio to prospective clients on a screen. But unless you specialize entirely in web-based projects, it's likely that most of the briefs you work on are ultimately destined to be realized in physical printed form. 

 

But do the photos you take for your portfolio really show your print projects off at their very best? Read our guide to taking pictures of printed design work and you'll have your portfolio looking top notch in no time.

How to Take Photographs for a Design Portfolio

For anyone working in print design, tangible qualities such as paper stock, printing techniques, textures and finishes all form an integral part of what makes your work stand out from the competition. In this case, clearly a few screen shots from Photoshop or InDesign are never going to effectively communicate the quality of your creative output to potential clients. 

What do you want to say?

As with the design itself, you'll need to choose an appropriate creative direction for your photographs before starting work. What do you want your portfolio to communicate about you as a designer? Are you a clinical minimalist? Or a neo-classicist? A retro-futurist? Or a folksy whimsicalist? Do you want to show your work in situ, as it's intended to be seen and interacted with by users? Or would you prefer to keep things totally pared back so viewers can concentrate 100% on the work? 

How you answer these questions will dictate many of the choices you'll make from here on in. 

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The 3 most popular templates

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July 07, 2017

Thumbnails, horizontal, vertical or slideshow... you can scroll through a lot of options to find the perfect gallery template. If you don't know where to start, why not use one of Portfoliobox users' favourite templates? The gallery templates below have been well-tested by Portfoliobox users and are a safe bet.

 

Take a look!

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