5 Apps The Android phone photographer will love


Your smartphone camera may not be the best, but there are ways to enhance its features. Android phone camera apps can breathe life into photos you've already clicked, and also help you click photos like a pro.

Smartphones have changed the way amateurs (and even professional) photographers take pictures on the go. Phone cameras can range from brilliant to terrible. But with the following Android phone camera apps you can tweak just about any aspect of photography, from adjusting light exposures before taking photos or videos to tweaking images you are not happy with.

The list below shows you some of the best android apps for clicking photographs on your mobile devices. And, trust me these apps are simply going to blow your mind away.

Photo Tools


If you know the basics of camera metrics and photography principles, then Photo Tools is a useful app to have. It lets you calculate depth of field, exposure reciprocation, bellows extension, flash exposure, minimal shutter speed and other elements that can help you improve the photos you take with your phone. It also includes nifty weather tools like Moon Phase calculator, Sunny 16 (EV) calculator etc. You can download the free version of the Photo Tool at Google Play.

Touch ReTouch


Have you ever wished there was a way to touch up photos a la Photoshop, look no further. Touch Retouch is an excellent tool to remove blemishes and other undesirable elements on images. With the app you can even remove objects and touch up the background for a seamless result, use a clone stamp tool to fill in gaps in the background after you have removed intrusive wires, banners, people or things that are marring your photo, and then directly share your photo via email or post to major social networks. Video tutorials and unlimited re-do and undo actions makes this an easy to use, and an exceptional app to have on your smartphone. There is a free version that offers you some excellent features, or a paid version that can be yours for less than a dollar; if you want to show your appreciation to the makers.

Camera FV-5


Camera FV-5 is a remarkable tool that is so simple to use, you would wish you had thought of it. It brings built-in camera functions that are usually buried and hard to find in menus, and puts them on your screen in DLSR fashion. It also includes a live RGB histogram that more experienced photographers will find useful. Of course, smartphones have a fixed aperture, so you do not get aperture priority and there is no manual mode. But as for giving you a professional viewfinder on your smartphone, Camera FV-5 is one-of-a-kind. You can get it in a free Lite version or pay Rs.199, the equivalent of $4 for complete features .

ProCapture


ProCapture 1.7 was a big hit among photographers last year and brought in several improvements with version 2. Similar in functions to Camera FV-5 but much more DSLR-like in its interface, it gives you a simple UI to access camera features without having to dig into menus. You can choose from several advanced shooting modes, such as Burst, Timer, Reduced Noise, PhotoSphere, Panorama and Wide Shot. You also get time lapse video capabilities, an RGB histogram and Fibonacci spiral or grid composition aids. The app is a must have for pre-shooting preps, and is priced at less than a dollar.

Snapseed


Snapseed is not an app only for applying filters to images before you share them. It also has some amazing Auto Correct features as well. This app makes images look sharper, fixes some common issues and improves the photo in general. You can do it on your own too, using Tune Image feature which lets you control brightness, contrast, color saturation as well as white balance. You can also adjust the Ambiance or light balance, useful to balance light in photos where the subject was backlit, for instance. Tune Image is useful when the image has been shot in less than ideal light conditions. Snapseed lets you crop, resize, rotate and apply tilt shift and use Selective Adjust to fix specific parts of the photo. All of this is completely free to use for Android users since Google bought it over. True, Snapseed has not been updated since October, 2013, but it is a wonderful app to have on your phone, nevertheless.

Gone are the days when smartphone photography apps were only about applying vintage filters. Bring on the real tools with these android photo apps and take the photographs you snap beyond Instagram, maybe even to competitions!

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Comments

Guest Author: Photoxor29 Dec 2014

On Android have a look at "Photoxor Calculations & GPS". It is a tool for exposure calculations, depth of field calculations, circle of confusion calculations, and also provides GPS tracking and sun and moon ephemeris calculations.

I first developed this tool set for myself, but it is now available for free on Google Play
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photoxor.fotoapp

Blog: http://photoxor.blogspot.com.au/



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