With more and more photographers using tablets and smartphones to pursue their hobby, even the most ardent purists are learning the word ‘apps’. We took six of the most popular photography apps for iPad and iPod Touch and put them to the test to see how well they really help photographers.
The best camera is the one you have on you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the snapper in your pocket. Apple’s iPhone is the most widely used “camera” on Flickr, while the number of photography apps has probably reached the thousands by now. But you don’t have to shell out hard earned cash (or iTunes credit) to pimp out your iPhone, as we take a look at the best free photography apps for iPhone right here.
There are plenty of decent image-editing tools for the iPad that enable you to carry out basic adjustments and enhancements or apply special effects.
However, Photoshop Touch is altogether more ambitious. In Adobe’s own words, it provides the core features of Photoshop in an app designed for tablets. It’s already available in an Android version, but now you can get a version for the iPad, too.
At £6.99, it’s a fraction of the price of the ‘real’ Photoshop. But then it also has to make do with a fraction of the computing power of a desktop computer, a fraction of the storage space and a much smaller screen. Can it really match the desktop version in features and performance?
Facebook have now introduced filters to its non-smartphone app; one Sepia and one Grayscale. You might think that this had something to do with Facebook acquiring Instagram for the not-to-be-sniffed at sum of $1 billion, but you’d be wrong.
Photo sharing site 500px finally comes to Android. The app is geared toward beautiful image display and looks as slick as the site. The built in slideshow is a particularly nice feature and turns your device into a digital frame.
The mobile photo network Instagram has passed the 25-million-user mark, making it the largest mobile-based social network, according to new claims.
Dirk Singer, who heads UK social media agency Rabbit and writes the blog Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics, claims that his analysis of Instagram’s two web viewers, Statigram and Ink361, show that the photo network has overtaken rival Foursquare, which boasts 22 million users.
Adobe has launched its Photoshop Touch for iPad users.
Adobe Photoshop Touch is now available for the iPad 2 and offers core Photoshop features, as well as new functions for creating and sharing images in an app that was custom-built for tablets, Adobe says.
The Camera MX free Android camera app from MAGIX MX offers creative filters such as sepia, negative or Lomo effects.