The Best Photography and Editing iPhone Apps for Photographers

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The Best Photography and Editing iPhone Apps for Photographers

Here is a list of some great iPhone apps for photography, along with a brief description of each and current pricing, which if course may change. If you are looking to have some fun taking pictures with your iPhone, these apps will get going.  You just may become addicted – don’t say we didn’t warn you! Many of these will also work on the iPod Touch and some on the iPad. The apps shown below will help you take and/or edit your photos. If you have other favorites, please list them in the comment section.

We hope to do future lists of apps for photographers in the following categories:

  • iPhone/iPad apps that provide photography and editing tips/tutorials
  • iPhone/iPad apps that help photographers run their business and keep organized
  • iPhone/iPad apps that provide tools for photographers, beyond photo taking and editing, for example “white noise app for newborns” or posing apps, information apps, etc.

These can be time consuming to compose and I am looking for a few volunteers who might be willing to pick an above topic and create a post similar to the one below. If you’re interested in putting a post together, please email me.

Also, Droid users have expressed interest in lists like this for their OS.  Since I do not have a Droid phone, I cannot test apps or get the information you need.  But again, I would love to have a Droid user compose some posts with recommend apps for that system. Contact me if interested.

Camera Applications (for photo taking):

‎8mm vintage camera ($1.99) – capture an old school vintage look, change lenses and films

Instagram (FREE) Take a photo and then apply filters and different looks to it. This app also allows you to quickly share with friends.

360-Panorama ($1.99) – Twirl around while taking your photo and let the iPhone build a panoramic image for you.
Camerabag ($1.99) -  Take photos and then apply more than a dozen filters from helga to fisheye and more.

Infinicam ($1.99) – add infinite numbers of photo effects while shooting, add fun frames and borders.

Hipstamatic ($1.99+) – Swap lenses, film and flashes, at the click of a button – snap a shot, then share with friends. You will be addicted! In app downloads are available at an additional cost, for more hours of fun.

Pocketbooth ($0.99) – Fun photobooth style pictures in seconds. Super fun and easy to do.

Shake It Photo ($0.99) – Take a photo, shake the phone, and out comes a fun, Polaroid type image. It’s extra great since you do not have to pay for all that film!

Night Shot ($0.99) – Take photos at night using this camera app for the iPhone. It can improve your night time photography.

Photo Editing Applications:

Photogene ($1.99) – It’s like having a mini Photoshop in your hands, well almost. You can crop, sharpen, correct exposure, do levels, and more – then upload to share on sites like Facebook.
Tilt Shift Generator ($0.99) – Get a toy camera effect, with selective blur. Edit all your photos to be miniature worlds.

Percolator ($1.99) – turn your photos into mosaics and works of art.

Tiffen Photo Fx ($2.99) – The company known for its filters, now “has an app for that.” This app has more than 70 filters that you can apply to your photo to alter the appearance.
Diptic ($1.99) – if you love putting together mini storyboards and collages in Photoshop, you will enjoy this app for your iPhone.  Combine photos easily on your iPhone.
HDR Photo ($1.99) – Simulates the look of high dynamic range photos.  While it is not as good as doing it by stacking photos, the results are good for an iPhone image.

Photoshop Express (Free) – While the app is made by Adobe, it is not really like the real thing. It is limited in what it can do.  But the price is right, and you can do basic editing on it.

Fx Photo Studio ($2.99) – possibly every filter you could need for the iPhone. Hundreds of effects to alter the look of your images.

Picture Show ($1.99) – Lighting, frame, photo styles and more – make editing fun and creative.

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 The Best Photography and Editing iPhone Apps for Photographers

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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  1. 1
    Mikkel says:

    Glad to see I’ve downloaded a lot of these and I’ll have to get the rest later. Thanks for the great list!

  2. 2
    bobbie says:

    thanks for this list..i have some of these and they are fun..will be checking out some that i dont have..thanks again

  3. 3
    ShannonKay says:

    Hipstamatic is da bomb. I’ve had it for a while now and use it all the time. I ended up buying the whole package.

  4. 4
    Rockin says:

    This is a great list. I am especially going to try 360-Panorama. I also love the i Phone app, Camera+. I especially like the stabilizer, flash, and white balance adjustment.

  5. 5
    klsphoto says:

    I have already started looking these up for Droid. I would love to help write about Droid apps, will email you about it.

  6. 6
    Nitin says:

    This looks like a list of must have photo apps. I would also add ClearCam, MagicShutter for taking pictures and PerfectPhoto, which is best for editing (far better than PhotoShop to me). Thanks for the hints!!! PS Some apps are actually cheaper now than you listed:)

  7. 7

    Heya
    Your opinions The Best Photo Taking and Editing iPhone Apps for Photographers MCP Photography Blog is helpful & well considered,
    I will likely return frequently in order to check your posts.



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