The iPad has made a noticeable impact on how photographers work and how they use this new technology, so I have put together a list of ten must have apps that photographers need for their iPads.
Easy Release – This easy app allows you to have a model or property release with you at all times. You fill in the models and your information in the field provided, they sign it right there and it gets e-mailed back to you and the model.
Portfolio – The iPads photo viewing app is OK, but it doesn’t let you arrange your photos the way you want. With Portfolio you can arrange your images in the order you want them viewed and you can add your logo so clients will see it first.
Adobe Photoshop Express – A very pared down version of the ubiquitous photo-editing tool, yes, but handy none the less for making basic corrections such as rotating photos, cropping, straightening and even more creative functions such as saturation, tint and convert to black and white.
Sun Seeker – As an architectural photographer I love this app, but If you are a nature photographer or you shoot outdoors this is a must have app. It will tell you when sunset and sunrise is and show you with a compass on the screen exactly where the sun will be.
HelloPhoto – This iPad app that can effectively resurrect photos taken on slides and negatives, reviving an art form that’s slowly being overlooked in this digital era. Whether you are nostalgic, a photo purist, or have boxes of slides and negatives to sort through, HelloPhoto can rescue your film from dust.
Fotopedia Heritage – 20,000 photos from across the world’s 890 World Heritage Sites and 3,000 points of interest – if travel, landscape and architecture photography is your bag you could easily find yourself lost in this app for hours.
Filterstorm – It contains a suite of powerful tools including curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and black and white conversion fine-tuning.
DSLR Camera Remote – DSLR Camera Remote lets photographers control a long list of compatible cameras from a distance. You can remotely adjust the white balance, shutter speed, aperture and exposure. You can look at images sitting on the camera’s memory card. And you can even look through the viewfinder to see what the camera sees when you’re on the other side of the studio.
Camera Manual – This is not an app but if you have an PDF of your camera manual you can drop it into iBook and have it with whenever you go.
Square – Photographers who sell they’re images outside the studio, Square is both a unique and invaluable way to take payments on location. It allows photographers to accept credit card payments on their mobile devices.
Of course it’s possible to shoot efficiently and well without an iPad, and Apple’s tablet is never going to replace the laptop. But a few well-chosen apps can make life easier for photographers.