Best photography apps for ipad 2012

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The new iPad’s high-resolution screen with superior color saturation makes it a natural fit for photo viewing. But those qualities, along with its better graphics processor also make it a respectable platform for photo enhancement. And the device’s multi-touch interface, while not as suited to fine-detail editing as a mouse or stylus, is used to advantage by the apps in this roundup—the award-winning Snapseed, iPhoto ($4.99, 4 stars), Adobe Photoshop Touch, and the fun Pixlr-o-matic—all make clever use of it.
It’s no accident that the iPad form of Photoshop contains nowhere near as many functions as its desktop counterpart. The far larger screen of a desktop means you have more room for toolbars and option panels. And some functions, like Liquify, just take more processing horsepower. That said, you may be surprised at how much you can to with the iPad version.
While Photoshop Touch is more of a specialized pixel-level photo manipulator, the other apps here are more about either getting your photos to look their best or jazz them up with film-like or retro effects. While Instagram (free, 3 stars) is the 800-pound gorilla in the room here, that’s only optimized for phone interfaces. But iPad users, fret not: You can more Instagram-type effects than Instagram itself with either Pixlr-o-matic or Snapseed.
More iPad photo apps are showing up regularly in the iTunes App Store. We’ll be sure to add the best of those as we continue to review the category. Meanwhile, the sampling of excellent iPad photo apps below will get you off to a great start. Delve into the slideshow and linked reviews to see which ones suit your needs.Whether you are professional photographer that likes to travel light (i.e. without a laptop) or a casual photographer that simply likes the convenience of using the Apple iPad, there are a number of apps in the App Store for editing photos. We have sifted through the bunch and selected some of our favorites.

Please keep in mind that most of these have not yet been updated for the new iPad’s retina display, but we expect most of them to do so in the upcoming weeks.For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found seven great apps for professional photographers. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.
This week’s category is: Apps for Professional Photographers

1. LightTrac ($4.99)
– LightTrac is a must have tool for all photographers who take photos outdoors. Using this app, you can quickly determine the time and location for the perfect light conditions to shoot outdoor subjects. LightTrac calculates the elevation and the angle of the sun and the moon for any date and time on any place on earth and plots it on a satellite map. Plan your photo shoots months in advance and position yourself at the exact right spot for the perfect photograph.

2. Photographers Contract Maker ($2.99) - Forget carrying stacks of paper to a photo shoot or a client meeting. This app allows you to create, edit, sign, and email photography contracts and releases right from your iPad. You an create a contract and then embed your own personal images and brands. The app comes with four starter contracts including a photo shoot contract, a copyright release, and a work for higher release.

3. Easy Release ($9.99) –
The Easy Release model release app replaces inconvenient paper model release and property release forms with a streamlined application designed by professional photographers for professional photographers. With this app you can collect the data and the signatures that you need on your iPhone, and the app then mails a PDF and a JPEG of the release to your email address. It comes bundled with industry standard model and release forms used by leading photo agencies.

4. Snapseed ($4.99) – Snapseed, from Nik Software, is arguably the best photo editing app available for the iPad, which is why it was voted iPad app of the year by Apple in 2011. With Snapseed’s advanced features and powerful tools, you can turn your photos from blah to amazing in just a few taps. This app’s one-touch auto correct is by far the best of any photo app, and its filters, like Drama, Vintage, and Grunge, consistently produce amazing images that can’t be achieved with any other photo editing app, desktop or mobile.

5. Photoshop Touch ($9.99) – With Adobe’s version of Photoshop for the iPad, you can manipulate your photos and images in all new ways. The app includes popular Photoshop features like layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters, all of which can be combined to create the perfect work of art. Adobe’s new Scribble Selection tool makes extraction editing on the iPad a breeze – just draw on the item you want to remove from a photo, apply the Refine Edge tool, and you’ll have desktop quality edited photos in no time at all.

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