Best professional photography apps 2012

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The fast growing trend for iPhone photo hobbyists now has a name: iPhonography. With all the social media and mobile features of camera apps, the iPhone is growing a new world of social amateur photographers. There are even photo contests and awards just for the iPhone, such as the professional iPhone Photography Awards more casual Facebook iPhone Photo Competition. After checking out the quality of the shots, we can easily see some competing in Photo contests from social photography site Viewbug and the travel photo contests from Travel+Leisure. To give you a chance to compete and help bringing your iPhonography to a professional level, without leaving your pocket, here are 10 iPhone camera apps to help:

ProCamera – $2.99
The ProCamera app is a solid upgrade to the stock iPhone camera app. It offers more professional options, while still keeping it interface user-friendly. A fighter pilot-style HUD interface is used, opening up most of the screen for viewing. The HUD is marked with outlines for the zoom buttons, a virtual horizon and target reticles to set focus, exposure and white balance points. A compass can even be laid over the HUD. Once you get a hold of using the HUD, you can whip out your iPhone and take a photo with the focus, exposure and white balance quickly set to your liking.
The App also has a useful but easy-to-use editing system. With it you can make adjustments to exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation and colour temperature. You can crop and rotate your picture, along with add a range of filters.


Pro HDR – $1.99

Pro HDR lets you to take auto-HDR photos, like with the iPhone’s built-in HDR mode, but takes up a notch. This app lets you a couple more photos individually, by just tapping the dark and light areas of the screen you’d like to manually capture. This great feature makes is very easy to grab a very large range of lighting and color tones. You can then adjust more setting post-shot, with brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and tint.

Photo FX – $2.99
Photo FX is a long-time favorite photo app and is more casual than the other apps here, but still takes quick and quality shots. As the name suggests, this app main feature is a boat load of effects and filters, with a list growing close to 100, each with multiple presets in the 100s. Editing functions are also included, from simulated lighting adjustments, cropping and more. This app also integrates social sharing through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa. While not offering the more pro features of the other apps listed, for any filter addict though, this app looks pretty appealing.

Magic Shutter – $2.99
The iPhone camera doesn’t handle dark environments very well, as any owner knows. Thanks to Magic Shutter, you can take photos in low light or any object not easily lit up by the flash. What this app lets you leave the sensor turned on, allowing you to record light for longer periods and extend exposure. For convenience, there is an auto-mode with presets. You can also take over with manual control, to set up your perfect night shot.

When Apple launched the iPhone, most people realized there was about to be a revolution in mobile telecommunications, what perhaps, was not recognized was the quiet revolution in photography. Since the launch and the emergence of the iPad and Android devices, a huge number of photographic apps have become available, and in this article we will highlight some of the best apps for Apple’s IOS, although many of these apps may also be available on AndroidPhoto apps can probably be broken down into three defined areas, taking apps, manipulating apps and portfolio apps. Some cross the boundaries between all three and some may not fit into any.
Instagram – Unless you have been living in the jungle for a month, the chances are that you have heard of Instagram, but what exactly is it? Put simply its a free app that allows you to take photos, apply simple filter style effects to them and then share the results with your friends via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Camera+ – Somewhat more advanced than Instagram is Camera+. This inexpensive app is designed to help you take more creative images with your iDevice and features touch exposure and focus, a software image stabilizer, and compositional grid and digital zoom facility. The app also feature a simple image browser, the ability to geotag and like Instagram a sharing feature.
Camera Awesome – This app is a powerful image taking app that feature a number of tools to aid the photographer whilst shooting. These include a horizon tool, compositional overlays to aid setting up the image and the ability to select focus in one location and exposure in a different for the same shot.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris – This fantastic and underrated app is perfect for travel and location photographers. Using the phones GPS locator, and knowing the time of day, it can tell you exactly which way the light will fall across a scene at a given time. These can be done before traveling or if you have a wifi or data connection on location it can be measured live. The results are shown on detailed maps that can be saved. There is a free online version on their website,

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