9 Useful Apps For Photographers

by Zara Mohammed, Lifestyle Columnist


Published in Lifestyle and Money on 16th January, 2020


Whether you are a professional photographer looking for useful tools to aid you in your professional work, or whether you are an amateur photographer just looking to play and have some fun with new gadgets, these top 10 apps for photographers will give you something to think about.

WiFi Photo Transfer

WiFi Photo Transfer is available on iOS. If you are an iPhone user and you create albums in your camera roll, then this is definitely an app for you. This app is actually a bit of a Godsend for iPhone users since Apple decided to make it incredibly difficult for us to pull off individual photo albums that we have made.

wifi photo transfer

If you use your iPhone, like many other photographers, to collect and organise your images for either inspiration or to build mood boards and document location scouts, then being able to transfer an album as a whole is essential. With the WiFi Photo Transfer app, as long as both your iPhone and your computer shae the same WiFi connection, then you can use a web browser to access your phone and download all of the contents of an album into a convenient zip file, that can then be passed on to a client.

Yr.no

IOS / Android

Yr.no is available on both iOS and Android. It is essentially a weather app. But not just any old weather app! This is from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK, and it is highly reliable in comparison to the many other weather apps on the market.

And as a professional photographer who loves to practice photography outdoors, and even if you are an amateur photographer, I'm sure you will appreciate this. The weather forecast may look bad when using other weather apps, but Yr.no will tell you if the rain will stop, meaning that you may not have to cancel a shoot after all!

Despite being a Norwegian app, the content provides information for over 10 million locations from around the world, and is written in full English. It's GPS function can find the weather forecast for your nearest location. This is so much more accurate than typing a city into the search engine, and comes in real handy when you are out on a random shoot in a new area, or location scouting.

GorillaCam

GorillaCam is available on iOS. It is a camera app by Joby with plenty of fun features to play with. You may find it more useful than your phone's native camera app.

gorilla cam

Some of these include:

  • Time-lapse
  • Self-timer shots
  • Rapid-fire photo series
  • Remote shutter control

The remote shutter control deserves a special mention. Essentially it allows one device that contains the app to trigger the camera shutter on another phone via remote.

If you want to creatively document your shoots then this could be a useful feature for you. The time-lapse is great too because it offer precision by allowing you to dial in the capture time and playback duration, which can be useful for things like recordings for Instagram where the current maximum time for content is 60 seconds.

Note that your phone does need to continuously be awake during recording. You can easily adjust your settings to cater for this, just disable the auto-sleep function on your phone in the settings section. If you lower the brightness of your screen to the minimum setting then you can still save power.

Pocket Light Meter

IOS / Android

The Pocket Light Meter app is available on iOS and Android. We always have our phones with us, and so installing apps like this one mean that we can also always have access to the things we need, without having to bring extra equipment out with us, or rummage through our kit to find things.

Just install this app on your phone, and then whip it out to get a ballpark reading whenever you need to. The app may not necessarily replace your original equipment, but it can offer more convenience when you need it.

Here are some of the functions this app offers:

  • The ability to log light readings with the setting, time of day, and a handy picture of the location
  • The ability to upload logs to Evernote as well as being stored in the camera roll

My Tide Times

IOS / Android

My Tide Times is available on iOS and Android. This app is ideal if you are a photographer who lives near the sea, or you have a shoot that is located near the sea. It will help your shoots run smoothly, and it will keep you safe, what more could you ask for? In a nutshell, the app can tell you the heights and times of the tides in pretty much any location.

So if you have a beach shoot and you want to be able to maximise as much time that will be available, you can use the My Tide Times app to tell you will accuracy when the tide will be out at it's furthest point.

Hyperfocal DOF

Hyperfocal DOF is available on iOS. If you struggle with mathematical calculations, then the Hyperfocal DOF app may be of interest, as it will do all of the hard work for you.

hyperfocal dof

Once you have entered all of your details, including your camera make and model, the focal length and the aperture, the app will tell you what the closest distance is that the lens will focus, whilst keeping the object at infinity at an acceptable sharpness. You can save so much time on the day with apps like these that can help you work things out ahead of time, like what lens and camera combination to use for a certain setup.

Dark Skies

IOS / Android

Dark Skies is available on iOS and Android, and is one for the stargazers amongst us photographers. If you like to capture clear star formations in the sky, but want to avoid long star trails, then this is your app. The Dark Skies app will calculate for you how long of an exposure you can get away with. Just input your camera's details.

The app also has a "Night Mode", which means that when using it out on the field you can dim the brightness and colour so that it doesn't interfere with your night vision as quickly.

Sylights

Sylights is available on iOS and their website. Alas, we don't all have photographic memory. Now with the Sylights app we don't have to keep forgetting how we set up our various lighting setups.

sylights

You can create lighting diagrams using the app and therefore not risk forgetting where everything was on the day. If you ever have to recreate previous shoots, perhaps for a client, you will be very thankful of this little memory jogger.

Its easy to share diagrams with an assistant as well so that you both know where you are at on the day, and they can ensure that you won't leave a crucial piece of kit at home. Just refer to your diagrams as you pack up your gear the night before the shoot!

Releases

The Releases app is available on iOS. It is a must-have app for any professional photographer who needs release forms for models or property. Release stands apart from other apps of this nature that offer very generic release forms, because it includes all of the industry standard templates from Snapwire, ASMP, SHutterstock and Getty Images.

The app is super simple and quick to use. It generates the release forms for everyone involved to sign. People can sign electronically with their finger on your touchscreen. You can attach a picture for reference, and a PDF file is sent out via email automatically.

The convenience of using an app for this function over traditional methods is not only the ease, but also the reliability as documents are not going to get lost or misplaced, and copies can easily be generated. The app caters for spontaneous shoots too because a release form is just a few clicks away.

Magic Hour

Magic Hour is available on iOS. We all love that golden hour, you know the times of day when the light is all hazy and atmospheric, and just right for some great photography, around sunrise and sunset. This app is here to tell you everything you need to know about that magical time, so that you can really make the most of it.

magic hour

Here are some of the things it will tell you:

  • When the golden hour starts in your current location
  • How long the golden hour will last there
  • A brief weather summary
  • Sunrise and sunset times

But that's not all. The app also has a moon watch section, if you are interested to know when the next moonrise will be, and when to expect the next full moon.

The alerts are also a great feature as they can remind you to pick up your pace if you are taking a little bit too much time to get to your destination. We all know how quickly those precious moments can come and go.

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