There was a time when you needed a state-of-the-art DSLR camera to take gorgeous pictures. That slowly started to change, with more photographers adopting the iPhone. None were as prominent as professional sports photographer Brad Mangin.
He spent more than 20 years photographing everything from the World Series to the Superbowl, utilizing his trusty DSLR each time. Brad recently made the switch to the iPhone, touting its small size, honest-looking shots, ease of use, and sharing capabilities.
If you want to turn your iPhone into a photographer’s best tool, check out these apps.
Snapseed might be a free iPhone app, but it has a lot of tools that are useful for photographers. This photo editing app includes all the basics, such as cropping and sharpening, along with some advanced tools. The curves and brushes let you take your photos to the next level, and you can easily remove unwanted objects with the healing tool. Plus, with selective editing, you get to focus on the areas that are most important to you. You can even smooth someone’s skin or adjust the angle of a head with this robust editing application.
One of the most useful features is the “last edits” option. If you use the feature, it will apply the same edits to all the photos you open. That makes editing so much faster.
Unwanted objects are a photographer’s nightmare. You think you’ve taken a great set of photos, only to see a photobomb in the background. Fortunately, TouchRetouch makes it easy to get those unwanted elements out of your photos. A simple touch is all you need to make those objects disappear. You can even remove small objects easily. Just enlarge the area and pick out the object. It’ll be gone just like that.
3. Slow Shutter Cam
At one point, you needed a DSLR to capture slow shutter speed effects, but that is no longer the case. You can capture the same effects with the Slow Shutter Cam iPhone app. Set the exposure to 1, 3, or 10 seconds, and put your phone on a tripod. Then, it’ll be set to capture all kinds of cool effects, such as light trails, silky water, and ghost effects.
You’ve thought about renting out space at a photography studio, but you don’t know if your iPhone is studio ready. It will be if you download the ProCam5 app. This app basically turns your iPhone into a DSLR, making it ready to take to the studio. It has all your favorite DSLR tools, such as exposure adjustment, RAW formats, and ISO priority. At the same time, the interface is clean and easy to use. It’ll give you the DSLR experience without dealing with a clunky camera.
Do you need to find a way to make your photos more creative? You take a great picture, but you don’t know what to do with it after the snap. That’s where VSCO comes in. This app has hundreds of filters, allowing you to completely change the look of the photo with a touch of the finger. It also offers some outstanding in-app purchases, such as the Landscape Series of presets.
This app is like Instagram for photographers. It’s as easy to use as an Instagram filter, but you get so much more out of it.
6. Cortex Camera
If there’s one complaint about the iPhone, it’s that it doesn’t shoot great pictures after the sun goes down. You can fix that problem by using the Cortex Camera app. This app was designed for low-light photography. You can get the perfect low-light photo without using your tripod thanks to the app’s electronic image stabilization feature. Just grab your phone the next time the sun goes down and use this app to take amazing photos.
The Perfect Photo Is a Download Away
These apps will help you showcase your photography skills. Once you download these apps, you will be more than an iPhone photographer. You will have the tools necessary to be a real photographer. Everyone will fall in love with your work when they see what you can do with an iPhone and a couple of cool apps.