Gear Diary’s Best Apps for…Photography

Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography

With so many apps in the iTunes App Store it has become all but impossible to find the best of the best. To help you find the best apps we are beginning a series of posts highlighting some of the apps we personally use and rely upon.

Our process is completely unscientific. We ask the Gear Diary team to list up to three apps in a specific category… something like “Best Apps for… Photography” and then collate the responses. Those that get multiple mentions go toward the top.

So what are our favorite iOS photography apps?

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Camera+: It’s been at the top of the App Store charts for a while. The clarity filter does wonders for images with low saturation and makes anyone a great photographer.
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Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  ProCamera: This app was listed by a few of us. It has a decent zoom, anti-shake compensation, and is reasonably priced. It has both “Pro” and “I’m just taking snapshots, here” modes which offers great flexibility.
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Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Gear Diary's Best Apps for…Photography  Photoshop Express: This app packs a huge punch, especially for a free app. Obviously it can’t handle drastic image manipulation like its desktop counterpart, but it works great for refining snapshots taken with the iPhone camera.
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And here are a few apps we use that fall under the category of “Just For Fun”:

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.
  • Good post. Definitely highlights some really excellent photography apps. In addition to these, I also really like Diptic, Photoforge 2, Snapseed, and Bracket Mode.