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15+ Must-Have Apps for photographers to help your business in 2023

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Our smartphones have almost replaced point-and-shoot cameras, therefore we are prone to think of them as devices for quick shoots only. But today’s advanced technology of our smartphones offers plenty of mobile apps that can help all professional photographers. Even if most photographers use DSLR cameras and high-tech gear for the best possible shots, mobile apps on your phone can still be useful for many different purposes. From quick editing on the way, to watermarking and even to check the weather. These are our recommendations for the best apps for photographers in 2023, with a special focus on real estate photography.

15+ Best Apps for Photographers

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1. The Photographer’s Ephemeris

This app was designed as a tool for landscape, architecture, and astrophotographers. If you are planning an outdoor shot you know how important is the presence of natural light.
This app will show how the light will fall upon the property for the desired location. Knowing how the light will be will help you properly plan your shot if you wish to get outdoor shots.

Available for iOS 13.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch);

Price: $11.99

2. Yr.No

An additional weather app. This weather app notifies you in the case of impending bad weather, allowing you to safely pack your gear.

Available for iOS 14.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac with Apple M1 chip) and Android;

Price: Free

3. Exposure Calculator and Long Exposure Calculator

Shutter speed, exposure, and aperture are crucial parameters that need to be calculated before you press the shutter. Both apps help you calculate the shutter speed for long exposure shots, available for Android and iOS, respectfully.

Available for Android 5.0 and above (Exposure Calculator) and for iOS 9.3 or later – iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (Long Exposure Calculator)

Price: Free

4. PhotoPills

Using what is called augmented reality, PhotoPills calculates the location of the sun and the moon on any day and location in the world. This prediction call helps you plan the outdoor shot, real estate or not.

Available for iOS 11.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.1 and above;

Price: $10.99


Ubookr is CRM, scheduling and photo delivery software for real estate photographers.
It allows website bookings, team scheduling, photo albums, client accounts, invoicing, cloud storage and much more. A must-have for real estate photography businesses!

Available for iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.1 and above;

Price: Free

6. Sylights

Another app that can prove itself useful by allowing you to create diagrams based on your light setups. This app promises to simply help you remember your successful light setups. You can save your setups and look through other photographers.

Available for iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch);

Price: Free

Apps for photography editing

7. A+ Signature

People stealing photos is a problem most photographers face, A+ Signature allows you to easily watermark any photos you have by creating and saving your signature. This app allows you to also customize e-cards.

Available for iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Price: $1.99

8. Watermark X

Protect your work by adding all the copyright information to them. Watermark X not only allows you to protect your images but also edit them with some of the available features.

Available for iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Price: Free for a limited time only and in-app purchases from $4.99 to $49.99

9. Pixlr

Pixlr is your typical photo editor with an extra feature, a montage. With over 2 million combinations of effects, filters, and overlays it creates a perfect space to let your creativity shine.

Available for iOS 10.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.1 and above;

Price: Free with in-app purchases from $0.99 to $11.99

10. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

You probably are already familiar with this software, however, did you know that there’s also a mobile version of one of the most used editing software? If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to edit RAW images on your mobile this would be one of the best apps to use.

Available for iOS 14.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV) and Android 5.0 and above;

Price: Free and in-app purchases from $4.99 to $49.99

11. Snapseed

Named by many the best and most popular editing and retouching app, Snapseed has become a great choice for those who want to edit their photos using free and mobile software. It allows you to edit JPN and RAW.

Available for iOS 12.4 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android;

Price: Free

Apps for photographers: social media

12. Instagram

An app that is probably already on your phone. Even though Instagram is getting some heat due to its many changes to the algorithm and user experience in favor of video formats, it still can be the right platform to share your works. However, you will probably have to experiment with Reels and it will take more time to grow just organically. You can pick a trending sound and showcase your shots on beat, or show some behind-the-scenes!
Available for iOS 12.4 or later and Android;

Price: Free

14. Flickr

Flickr is a well known and respected photography platform allowing you to upload, edit and share your photos anytime. It is an app made for photographers, beginners, and veterans to share their passions. It allows you to upload up to 1TB of photos, create your groups and subscribe to other photographers.

Available for iOS 13.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 5.0 and above;

Price: Free and in-app purchases from $8.49 to $71.99

15. 500px

500px is a digital space with more than 15 million photographers, here you won’t find snapshots or memes. With this app, you don’t only share your photos but you can also sell them. The selling feature might not be interesting for real estate photography but it does allow you the choice to sell some of your photos.

Available for iOS 13.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 5.0 and above;

Price: Free and in-app purchases from $3.99 to $49.99

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16. CubiCasa

An easy way to create a property’s floor plan with nothing other than your smartphone. It normally takes 5-10 minutes to scan the property. After scanning all that’s left to do is send the scan and wait for 6 hours or 24 hours (depending on your choice of rush option or not) to receive the floor plan based on the scan.

Available for iOS 13.4.2 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 8.0 and above;

Price: Downloading the app and the first floor plan is free for all customers. From the second order, CubiCasa offers a free floor plan product for US customers: yes, you heard it right, you can scan your floor plans and customize them for free! For customers outside the United States, a starting cost of $/€9.99 will be added to your order. In addition, you can choose the following add-ons:

SLA is normally 24 hours, but you can pay an extra $15 for rush order and receive the floor plan in 6 hours.

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17. PhotoScan by Google Photos

It might not be an app to use for every listing, however in case you find yourself in need of uploading some older photos here is an easy way to scan them for digital uses.
Available for iOS 13.0 or later and Android 5.0 and above.

Price: Free

18. Instasize

If you want a mobile image editor that does more than the usual editing app, you’ll enjoy using Instasize. It is a creative toolkit for social creatives because it allows you to edit your photos professionally while allowing you to highlight your originality through additional customization features. You can select from more than 50+ trendy patterns to use as borders, make collages out of multiple images, and add your own text captions using stylish fonts. No need to download a separate app for these creative features!

Available on both iOS 13.0 or later and Android.

Price: Free and in-app purchases from $0.99 to 55.99


With each day, the real estate market values photography even more. Having the ability to plan, edit, and share your work on the go has become an advantage most real estate photographers exploit to produce the best end product possible.  There are many more apps targeted for photographers, and with each passing day more reach the market. All of these apps for photographers are designed and built for a certain type of client. We hope our list is helpful to grow and improve your business.

Author: Aarne Huttunen

Aarne is the Chief Product Officer at CubiCasa. His main priority is to ensure that CubiCasa's users love to use the CubiCasa App and related APIs. Most likely you'll spot him next to a coffee cup in Helsinki or meet him in a conference running a wild scanning demo!

We're building technology to digitize the real estate around us, and while doing it, helping families to find better homes, approve mortgages and renovate their homes. We are located in Oulu, Helsinki, San Jose, and Ho Chi Minh City. Currently we are especially looking for software developers to join our team.

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