Most shutterbugs tend to be pretty tech savvy, but you still may not realize that the new Android phone you picked up can actually do some neat camera stuff as well. Of course, you’re not going to compose your next prize-winning photo on your cell phone, but you can explore pictures in a way that definitely goes beyond the stock abilities of your camera.
There are plenty of Android apps out there for photographers, but here are 7 of the most sizzling Android apps for photographers.
Who doesn’t like a free app? After all, you’ve probably spent good money for your Android phone, so it doesn’t hurt to have something that you can just add quickly to your phone to really improve your camera experience.
However, PHOforPHO is for people that already have mastered the basics of photography. If you need a program that will help you manage your SLR, this is definitely the app for you. What it actually does is
Another freebie Android app, and boy, what a freebie this one is! You can actually pick up CamCalc and instantly handle those little calculations every serious shutterbug needs to handle when you want to nail the perfect shot. If you find yourself on the road a lot with your “serious” camera and your phone at the same time, you’ll find that this is really a lifesaver.
3. Camera Magic
If you’re the type of person that isn’t impressed by the standard camera on cell phones, you’ll actually be impressed by Camera Magic. Instead of using the default camera, you will get a camera that also has true digital zoom as well as autofocus — great features that can help you really bring out the best in just about any picture you take. There are also plenty of filters available for you to use, making this choice a real winner for just about anyone that seriously wants to take some awesome pictures while they’re out experiencing the best that life has to offer.
4. RetroCamera — For nostalgia fans, here comes RetroCamera. You will instantly be able to apply some neat effects that really make you feel like you’re using one of those old school cameras. You still get the benefits of digital technology while still getting to remember the “good old days”, whenever those actually were.
5. Photoshop.com Mobile Edition — OK, we admit it — this app comes up on a LOT of different Android app lists, but let’s face it – who doesn’t like Photoshop. If you’re anti-Photoshop, chances are good that it might be due to the high price tag that’s traditionally associated with this program. However, if you choose the free mobile app, you won’t be disappointed. It’s by no means the full fledged Photoshop software that you paid a pretty penny for, but it’s really a lot more functional than you might give it credit for.
6. Vignette — When it comes to Android apps, you’re pretty much hard pressed not to find everything that you’re looking for within the free apps available. However, every now and then there comes a paid app that is definitely worth purchasing and looking into. This is where Vignette comes in — it’s a very good app that really takes your cell phone’s native camera to the next level. What it does is open up the effects that your camera has access to. In fact, you get over 62 effects and 21 different frames that you can use with your camera. There is a demo of the app that you can download for free, but after you use Vignette for a while you’ll definitely want to get the paid version — it’s only about $6, which isn’t bad when you’re really passionate about taking pictures.
7. Andropan – Raise your hand if you like panorama pictures! OK, you don’t have to get that excited about them — but Andropan helps you really take your panorama pictures to the next level. You can take, view, and share these awesome pictures to your hearts content. The app is still in the beta stages, but the developer takes an active role in handling bug fixes and getting community suggestions.
As mentioned earlier, there are plenty more Android apps out there, and more apps are being created every day. If you know of a rocking Android app that we missed, don’t hesitate to let us know — and have fun!