There are a huge amount of photography apps for iPad available, we pick the very best of the bunch. The main things we are looking for in a good app are a good range of features, functionality and a smooth and friendly user-experience. The apps we’ve selected below tick all those boxes.
Snapseed is one of my favourite photography apps for iPad, made by Nik software (recently acquired by Google). The touch controls and localised enhancement system is both clever and completely intuitive. I’ve used Nik’s desktop software plugins for Photoshop for many years and always been very impressed, so it comes as no surprise they have done such a good job with mobile software.
There are a range of high-quality image effects available, black and white conversions, tilt-shift and a number of image-framing options. Once you’re done with your edit you can share directly from the app to Facebook, Twitter or good old email.
I have iPhoto on both my iPad and iPhone. I prefer Spapseed for image editing, but iPhoto has a range of other great features. I mainly use it as a portfolio as it’s a excellent app for showcasing your photos, there are lots of excellent slideshow and gallery options for displaying your work in a variety of ways. One really handy feature is the ability to ‘beam’ photos wirelessly to another iOS device, so you can transfer photos from your iPhone direct to iPad for editing etc. The use of touch controls are superb, as you would expect from a native app designed by Apple.
Adobe’s photo-editing app for iOS features a good range of image editing options, including filters (sketch, sharpen and soft focus), eight different borders and cropping at various ratios. You can also capture images directly from within the application. There are a few in-app purchases available if you want to extend functionality further. There is the facility to share your images directly to Photoshop.com or Facebook.
Beautiful free app that showcases stunning photography from The Guardian newspapers’s photographers. Optimised for retina displays on iPad this app is a pleasure to use. One new photo is added each day. You can add images as favourites, and also share them via social media. Another nice feature of this app is that you can get information of the camera details and settings used in each shot. You can get more details on this app here.
500px for iPad
Superb (and free) app from the guys at 500px. Retina-optimised so it looks gorgeous on iPad, you get almost the same functionality as the desktop versions, which means you can browse popular photos, recent photos, as well as view your own photos, profile, and also get notifications when someone comments of favourites one of your shots. I use this app on a daily basis, it’s a shame Flickr can’t develop an iPad to match this. More details on this app.
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