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Top apps for photographers

Our smartphones have become as important as our wallets and keys, they keep us connected to friends, family, and work. With so many technological improvements there are more than enough apps for all kinds of things, including real estate photography. This blog includes some of the most used and respected apps for photographers. Most of the apps listed below are available for both iOS and Android – keep reading to discover which one suits you the best.

Apps for Photographers: Planning the shot

Collection of photography equipment

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 it 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 12.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 5.0 and above;

Price: $9.99 and in-app purchases from $5.99 to $44.99

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 10.3 and watchOS 4.2 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android;

Price: Free

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 6.0 or later – iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (Long Exposure Calculator)

Price: Free

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 10.3 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.1 and above;

Price: $9.99

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 8.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch);

Price: Free with in-app purchases of $3.99

Editing and watermarking for social media

Apps for photography editing

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

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 with in-app purchases varying from $2.99 to $4.99

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

Price: Free with in-app purchases varying from $0.99 to $2.99

Fused

Blend videos, photos, or a combination of the two and easily obtain stunning double exposure effects. Fused is the app you would want to use when you need to blend videos. With 20 different blending modes and tools, you will be able to draw and erase as you see fit, to later save your work in high resolution.
Available for iOS 9.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch);

Price: Free with in-app purchases varying from $0.99 to $2.99

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 12.3 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 $9.99

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 10.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.4 and above;

Price: Free

Apps for Photographers: Sharing your work

Apps for photographers: social media

Instagram

An app that is probably already on your phone, Instagram is undoubtedly the biggest social media platform at the moment, perfect for photographers as the main focus of attention are pictures.
Available for iOS 11.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android;

Price: Free

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 9.3 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.4 and above;

Price: Free

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 10.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.4 and above;

Price: Free

Apps for Photographers: Quick floor plan maker

CubiCasa

An easy way to create a property’s floor plan with nothing other than your smartphone. It normally takes up to 10 minutes to scan the property. After scanning all that’s left t0 do is send the scan and wait for 1 business to receive the floor plan based on the scan.

Available for iOS 12.2 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 8.0 and above;

Price: Free, with a cost of $34.99 each floor plan

Extra apps that might be useful

Sharing top apps for photographers

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 9.0 or later and Android 5.0 and above.

Price: Free

Lenstag

Not exactly a photography app, Lenstag is a database of all your photography materials. This app is useful In case of robbery, as it will notify you if your equipment’s photos are found online. The only thing you must do before registering your equipment is to prove ownership of it by uploading pictures of the gear you wish to register.

Available for iOS 10.0 or later ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 5.0 and above;

Price: Free and in-app purchases from $2.99 to $29.99

 

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 a growth-oriented full-stack developer and marketer, and has 5 years of experience in the real estate industry. He believes that there's still a lot to be done in the world of real estate and the industry changing trends are yet to be emerged.

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