In July 2008, Apple introduced its second generation iPhone along with the creation of the App Store with both free and paid applications. The App Store delivers third party programs that can run naitivy on the iPhone devices. The App Store has been a huge success for Apple and by April 2010 hosting supposedly more than 185,000 applications.
The Andriod operating system for smartphones was released in late 2008, backed by a Google platform, along with major hardware and software developers (such as Intel, HTC, ARM, Motorola and Sumsung, to name a few), that form the Open Handset Appliance. The first phone to use Andriod was the HTC Dream, branded for distribution by T-Mobile as the G1. Third-party apps are available via the Android Market (released October 2008), including both free and paid apps.
Photography has come a long way in the last 5-10 years since the introduction of smart phones such as the iPhones and Andriods (to name a few). The list below has been compiled from a variety of popular online sources (mentioned at the end of this post) as well as suggestions from our customers. There is something here for everyone from basic to advanced smart phone and photographers. If you feel that we’ve missed any must-have applications for photography, please let us know below this post.
Camera apps are designed to work with your images on capture. They may also provide you with extensive image adjustment features (such as colour adjustment, cropping, rotating, etc), but their primary purpose is to become the way that you shoot pictures on your device.
Hipstamatic ($2.49) - iTunes Rating: 4/5
“Digital photography never looked to analog. The Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of the past! The Hipstamatic keeps the quirks of shooting old school but gives you the abilty to swap lenses, film, and flash settings all with the swipe of a finger.”
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Instagram (Free) – iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
“Instagram is an amazingly fun & simple life-sharing app for your iPhone. Snap photos wherever you go to show the world what’s going on in your life. Follow your friends’ photo updates as they move through the world. Select from photo filters that transform regular ol’ photos into works of art you’ll want to keep around forever.”
Pocketbooth ($0.99) – iTunes Rating: 4/5
“Turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a vintage photobooth with Pocketbooth: the photobooth that fits in your pocket. Pocketbooth perfectly replicates the intimacy, spontaneity, and hilarity of a traditional photobooth. Take it to your next party and watch as your friends’ inner-divas emerge.”
TwitPic ($1.19) – iTunes Rating: 3/5
“TweetPic app lets you share photos on Twitter. TweetPic for Twitpic Uploader is a specifically designed minimal iPhone/iPod Touch app to upload images to Twitpic and optionally share then via Twitter.”
Photoshop Express (Free) – iTunes Rating 4.5/5
“Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device. Enjoy having your photo and video library right in your hand – without wasting your device’s valuable storage space.”
Wink (Free) - iTunes Rating 3/5
“Wink is a new service from Shutterfly that lets you create printed photostrips with your iPhone, facebook, Shutterfly and Flickr photos. We print them up on high quality photo paper and deliver them anywhere in the world in our Wink mailer.”
Find a Photographer (Free) - iTunes Rating (not rated yet)
“Download Find A Photographer to connect with members of ASMP, the premier association for the world’s most respected photographers. Search by location and specialty area to find a quality professional for your next photography assignment.”
Note: Doesn’t seem to do country search very well yet, displays only USA results for Australian search.
(Credit: Apple AppStore)
More photography tools coming soon… If you have any suggestions, please let us know.
Remember that your smart phone is the camera that’s always with you, so make sure that your camera bag is full of the right tools!