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: