One of the sectors that have been most affected by the technological evolution of mobile phones has been photography. On the one hand, many amateurs have wanted to pose as true professionals just by putting an Instagram filter at sunset on their vacation in Bali. But on the other, applications have been created for professional photographers that go further and deepen in this field.
Very useful tools that they carry in their smartphones accompanying their SLR cameras, tripods and filters. Do not miss it!
The best apps for professional photographers
Dark Sky Finder
The night photography requires several things: a good team, a lot of patience and knowledge of the night. One of the great difficulties that city photographers face when leaving when the sun goes down is that there is too much pollution.
It is an app designed not only for professionals but for all sky lovers who, with their telescope, want to see beyond the clouds . The application locates you with GPS and marks you by colors (very easy to understand) the darkest areas from which you can photograph the moon, the milky way and whatever lies ahead.
Calculating the exposure in manual mode is one of the great headaches, especially for those professional photographers who still do not have enough experience to do it almost automatically. This Android app for photography professionals (there are many other equivalents for iOS) is perfect for that purpose: it does it for you.
You just have to enter the current values, the ones you have in your camera at this moment and it will give you the exposure equivalence for nights or for neutral filters (you choose). Likewise, you can also calculate the ISO and the aperture, just click the corresponding button, it is very easy to use.
Photographer’s Tools Pro
The same developers recommend that you use the free version of this app for professional photographers before leveling up. We have consulted several professionals in this field and they all agree that if you are proficient in the subject, the Pro version is perfect.
Among its functionalities we find the following :
- Calculation of hyperfocal distance and depth of field – interesting to play with focus and blur in landscapes
- Know the hours of sunrise and sunset , as well as the phases of the moon and their schedules.
- Know the golden hour , known as blue or magic, which is before and after sunset and sunrise and what is the best position to photograph it.
- Exposure settings with certain filters and densities.
- White balance with a different gray card.
Without a doubt, one of the best apps for professional photos .
Let’s not forget that this article is focused on applications for professional photographers. Therefore, it is also necessary to include in the list an app to sign documents and image rights permissions.
If you are going to go down the street taking pictures of people, or if you are going to work regularly with models for portraits, you are going to need this. It is much easier and more convenient than always carrying papers with you, don’t you think?
The app is paid, having a cost of € 10.99 .
Adobe Photoshop Express
Without a doubt, Adobe Photoshop is the program that professionals use to work with their photos par excellence . That has happened for years, and not only with the photography sector, but also with trashy advertising or journalism. However, did you know that apart from the program there is Adobe Photoshop in the App Store and in Google Play?
Yes, and it is not as heavy as the computer program. It has the basic functionalities of the original program, but adapted to a single finger touch. Come on, it will not be so precise but it will be very helpful if we are traveling or at a live event.
You can crop, fiddle with everything that has to do with light, contrast, color, brightness, etc., give an automatic correction – in case we are in a hurry and much more. For example, it is one of the best filter apps for photos, as they are the closest thing to professional filters (not those of Instagram, despite being “very cool”).
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Before we mentioned Photoshop, but the application that we recommend below is one of its “little” sisters: Lightroom. It is a lighter and easier to use version, specifically designed for photographic adjustments.
It is considered one of the best applications for professional photographers , since it allows working with high-quality images and its results are impeccable. Its advanced settings allow, with a single click, to modify photos with amazing results – yes, you have to adjust everything to your liking beforehand.
The possibilities are endless, and you can make it automatic or more manual. Inside the app there is an integrated camera with which you can capture the moments directly to work with the images immediately. In addition, you can synchronize your mobile with the web or desktop version of Adobe Lightroom.
Sun Surveyor is an app for photographers using Android that will be very useful to know the movements of the sun and the moon. The application predicts the position, height and azimuth through its built-in tools, such as the compass , the map view or camera (augmented reality), the 3D and details.
The app allows you to plan and preview the golden hour, and allows you to find the best place on the map for your sunrise and sunset photos. Your photos will be the envy of all! It also allows you to organize night photography with star maps and the Milky Way. Without a doubt it is very complete and we recommend that you take a look at all the features and functions that it has, which are not few.
In addition, it is multifunctional since apart from photography it can be used to install solar panels, for gardening, scientific projects and even building construction.
Currently, the app is also available for iPhone .