Photography is a broad topic. Tons of people dabble in it as a hobby. However, it’s a perfectly good career when you can find your niche. Most photographers use DSLR cameras and high tech gear for the best possible shots. However, there are many more who lean on their smartphones as well. Phone cameras are good enough for a lot of stuff. Additionally, there are a non-camera apps that help photographers as well. We’ll take a look at both varieties in this list. Here are the best photography apps for Android!
Adobe has a suite of desktop apps for creative types. They have a similar group of mobile apps for mobile photographers. Their wares include a fairly decent mobile version of Adobe Lightroom. Additionally, you can find a scanner app (for real photos), two Photoshop apps, and more. Lightroom is the most professional among them. The Photoshop apps are more for simple things like filters and stickers. However, even they have some basic stuff. The apps are free. You can expand functionality with Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription.
Google Photos is an excellent app for photographers. It offers unlimited storage for your photos. There is a caveat, though. It uploads them in high quality resolution, but not maximum resolution. Thus, those who are very particular about stuff like that may not enjoy Photos. Otherwise, it’s a perfectly good cloud storage space. You can access it from your phone or computer. It has some other features as well. We don’t recommend it for photo editing or anything like that. Otherwise, we can’t find much wrong with it.
Google Play Books isn’t a normal photography app. It’s very useful for photographers, though. There are a variety of ebooks and audiobooks for photographers. That includes guides on using your camera’s manual controls, how to frame photos, various rules, how various functions work, and more. The books vary greatly in price and there are a lot of them available. Google Play Books is a free app. You can browse with it at the very least and see if there’s anything you want to read.
HyperFocal Pro is a different style of photography app. It doesn’t take or edit pictures. It helps with calculations, mostly. You can keep track of things like your camera settings and shooting conditions. That includes depth of field, angle of view, field of view, and hyperfocal distance. The UI is a little bland, but entirely functional. There isn’t a lot to complain about, really. This is an excellent app for DSLR photographers. Plus, it’s completely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Magic ViewFinder apps are also useful photography apps. They let you scout locations and shooting scenes without dragging all of your gear around. There are a variety of them from this developer. That includes ones that emulate Canon, Nikon, Lumix, Red, and others. You can find things like focal length and prepare your shots before going through the process of setting up all of your gear. The prices vary, but none of these apps cost more than a couple of dollars. They’re above average for photography apps.
Moment Pro Camera is one of the newer photography apps. This one actually takes pictures. Some features of this one include RAW file support, manual camera controls, a live histogram, a leveler, EXIF data support, and more. Usually we recommend the stock camera app on most phones. OEMs know how to tune apps for their specific camera hardware. However, this may be a decent option for those who want something a little different. It’s newer and it needs some fixes. However, we expect this to grow into one of the best camera apps on Android like it is on iOS.
Snapseed is probably the best free photo editor on Android. It comes with a variety of both simple and advanced tools. That includes support for RAW files, simple stuff like red eye removal, and tons of stuff between the two. It also has a fairly powerful auto enhancement capability. It works well sometimes, but it usually depends on the photo itself and the type of scene. There are also over a dozen filters for those who like simple stuff. Every mobile photographer should have this app. It’s completely free, after all.
TouchRetouch is an interesting photo editor app. This doesn’t focus on basic stuff like contrast or red eyes. Instead, it lets you remove small imperfections from a photo. We’re talking about telephone wires, people, blemishes on a wall, and more. It works best on minor imperfections. The app doesn’t do well with major changes. However, this is a good way to remove the occasional issue and make photos look a little better. It runs for $1.99 with no additional in-app purchases. It’s definitely a unique photo editor.
VSCO is an all-in-one photography tool. It works as a camera app as well as a photo editor. It also has some tips, tricks, and various fun filters for use. The filters emulate various types of film. They’re pretty neat, but they are still filters at the end of the day. This one is a little harder to recommend than most. It doesn’t do anything the best, but it does several things extremely well. There is a subscription for $19.99 per year. It adds additional features, but it’s a little hard to justify with so many other tools out there. It might be up your alley, though.
YouTube is an excellent spot for photographers. You can find a variety of tutorials, reviews, comparisons, and other such info on YouTube. Plus, it has a visual element and photography is a visual medium. That makes it a little better than stuff like books for things like tutorials. You can also find more video content for stuff like Lightroom, Photoshop, Gimp, and other photo editor apps. It’s usually a matter of a few searches and skimming through some videos. There are far too many photography personalities to list here.
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