8 Great iPhone Apps for Photographers

There are hundreds of apps that can be useful for photographers. I have only tried a few dozen.  But there are 6 that I use on a daily basis that I want to share with you, plus 2 more that my kids love (see how you can tie them into your photography).

These apps are available on iTunes. Have fun shopping!


  1. PhotoCalc – This app has some super useful tools.  There is a glossary of photography terms which will help beginning photographers and definitions of rules like the Sunny 16 rule. The best part is a depth of field calculator so that you know exactly how much margin you have for focusing when you enter a specific focal length, camera type, aperture, and subject distance. Oh, and if you LOVE to shoot just after sunrise or just before sunset, the app will find your location and tell you the time of sunrise and sunset.
  2. SmugWallet – This is my new favorite app.  You do need to have smugmug galleries set up to use this. Now instead of having to upload photos to the built in photo library, I can sync whichever smugmug galleries I desire.  I hope in the future they have a way for me to set the photo as my screen saver/background.  For now you can browse photos and email a link to a gallery or specific photo to others.
  3. Camera Bag – This app will help you have fun with your built in iPhone camera. You can take or edit photos with fun tools like fisheye, helga, lomo, cinema, and much more.  Just fun!
  4. Photogene – If you miss photoshop and which they made it for your iPhone, try this app.  No it will not replace Photoshop, but it is fun to play with and for quickly editing photos taken with the iPhone camera.
  5. Tweetie – If you are one of the many photographers who love twitter, there are many apps available to help you tweet on the go.  I have two, “twitterific” and “tweetie” – but find “Tweetie” much easier to use.
  6. Facebook – If you are one of the many photographers on Facebook – this will make it much easier to check and reply to facebook on the go.
  7. Cover Styler – So… This one is fun for photographers who have kids.  My twins asked me to include this one and the next one.  This app allows you to take photos in your library or camera roll and put them inside a variety of Disney Magazine covers ranging from Hannah Montana to Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place.  This app may just give you leverage to “bribe” your kids into letting you take their pictures – if you agree to make them a movie star on your iPhone.
  8. Face Melter – This app is fun for kids – they can use photos in the camera library or roll to melt and distort.  Think of it as photoshop’s liquefy tool on steroids (though not quite as pleasing results).  I have to say that even as an adult, it can be fun to play…

What are your favorite iPhone apps for photographers?  Please add them to the comment section below and tell us about them.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Pam Reiss says

    Hi Jodi:

    How do you do it all? Thanks for putting it all in one place. Gave you a thumbs up on Skye’s forum page.

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    As a wedding photographer I’m trying to decide between Smart Studio and Second Shootr to keep track of bookings.

    I just go my phone, so right now I’m liking
    CameraBag, iPoseU, WeddingPose, RandomPose, Museum Locator, TheBecker.com, PhotoFunia, LED Message, Framed, Format 126, EveryTrail, PanoLab, DSLRemote, iFolio

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    Suze says

    I am excited to try these apps! I currently enjoy using Instagram, ColorSplash, and Water My Photo. Thanks for the great info!

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    Angie says

    I have not been able to find “Cover Styler” when I search and am wondering what happened to it. Anyone else able to find this app?

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    Hi,mthanks for the article. My favorite two Apps are “camera+ and Snapseed”. I do most of my editing on my pics with these two Apps. Picfx is also nice and easy to handly with a bunch of nicely designed frames to use with the pics.

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    kimc says

    I would like to add Eraser+ to the list. It’s a eraser/clone tool that works way better than I ever would have expected from an app. I think it was a buck.

    And as listed by others my votes also go to Snapseed, Afterglow, picfx, VSCO Cam

    TimeExposure gives the impression of a long exposure, takes multiple frames and layers them, as well as AvgCamPro.

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    Heather says

    I use Snapseed first. It is an easy to use app great for basic editing. I am in love with the “Drama” filter. It really ups the definition and detail. I also use King Camera for editing although it has it’s own camera. Includes lots of tutorials within the app. Others are PicFx, InstaEffect, ElementFX, Big Photo( great for resizing), more Beaute 2, and Filter Mania2. I should note that FilterMania is awesome IF it would not crash so much. Do not purchase this until a new version has been released. I’d LOVE it if it would only work. Over 700 filters!

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