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Best Android / Droid Apps for Photographers

Best Android / Droid Apps for Photographers

MCP Actions recently featured the top iPhone apps for photographers.  If you missed it, it’s here.  The Android market has some of the same apps and a few similar ones.  Here is a list of some of the great apps available on your Droid phone, and best of all – most of them are free!

Camera Apps:

Camera 360 Lite – Free

With a range of effects including black and white, Lomo, simulated HDR, tilt shift, dreamy effects and night enhancement, this is a great all inclusive camera app. The app saves both the original photo and the enhanced photo.

While the “Lite” version of the app is free and does not limit resolution, it does limit which enhancements and filters can be used. The options menu will still show thumbnails of all filters, but the cart icon indicates that you must buy Camera 360 Pro to use those filters.

Retro Camera – Free (Ad supported, or purchase Pro for ad-free version)

Retro camera includes 5 Lomo and Pinhole inspired camera modes.  Shown above, pinhole mode features a full bleed film frame.  Also included is the FudgeCan (soft edge square photos with low saturation), the Xolaroid, which emulates old Poloroid photos with cross processing color casts and the famous white photo frame, The Little Orange Box (example shown below) edits photos to appear as though the film is scratched and edges are damaged, and the Barbl, which has low saturation and a brown film border.

While Retro Camera has only 5 modes and the presets aren’t customizable, this has been one of my favorite apps for interesting camera pictures.

Vignette – $3.99If you’re looking for fully customizable modes, Vignette is possibly the best app out there for Droid photographers.  It offers modes that emulate high quality black and white prints, low quality toy camera shots with light leaks, out of date film styles, vintage effects and a wide range of available frames.   (Shown above: SX-70 film with Instant Classic Frame.  Shown below: Toy Camera “Leaky” mode).

One of the better features of the app is that effects can be changed prior to saving the photo (you can also apply different combinations of effects and save copies as you work).

Want to see all the app has to offer before committing to buy?  Vignette offers a demo version with all the features; however the resolution is limited to .3 megapixels.

Photaf 3D Panorama – Free

While some Droid phones come with video related panorama features built in, my HTC Incredible does not.  So I found this nifty app which uses your gyroscope to line up photos.  Once you’ve started, it will direct which way to move the camera and snap the shot once it’s lined up.  It struggles with some lighting changes across the panorama (shooting across my office which has a bright window for example), but I was impressed with its stitching capabilities.  Here’s a lovely shot of the chaos that is my office.

This is one program that I can’t wait to take outside once our Northern California rain gives us a break.

Photo Editing Apps

Adobe Photoshop Express – Free

A much welcomed crossover from the iPhone apps, Adobe Photoshop Express allows you to make basic adjustments such as cropping, adjusting color and exposure and adding some effects to photos.

Picsay Pro Editor – $3.98

Along with all the basic edits you could possibly think of (color and exposure correction, sharpen and distort), this app has a color pop feature, modes that convert photos to Lomo, HDR, Cross Processed, Tilt Shift and soft glow.  Including filters, frames, painting and the ability to cut and paste areas of photos onto other photos, and I’d say this is a great in-phone editing app.

Photography Tool Apps

Pho for Pho – Free

This app includes a depth of field calculator, exposure calculator (which is great for figuring out program shifts in night photography), a timer which can pull directly from your exposure calculations, EV calculator for multiple exposures (think in the field calculations for Diana shots) and a hyperfocal calculator.  This comes in pretty handy for field photography and should help photographers obtain more precise results.

Hope you find these apps both fun and useful in all your photographic endeavors!

Kelly Samuelson is a photographer and blogger from northern California.  While portraiture and event photography are her main passions, she likes to deviate artistically into Lomographic photography and outdated processes.  Kelly’s work can be viewed at www.klsphotography.com or at her blog http://shastabetty.blogspot.com.

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6 Comments

  1. 1
    mhsands says:

    Great post! Thanks so much for the info… just downloaded them all! :)

  2. 2
    Aparna E. says:

    I only have Vignette Demo. I didn’t pay for the full on one, because the demo version, which is free, has been able to do what I need/want it to do. It’s pretty sweet! I like that you can create a setting and save it as a favorite so you can pick and choose what effects you want. My go-to setting is using the Toy filter with the Instant 1 photo effect. They work great together so I can do this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aechempati/5189907896/in/set-72157623292628232/
    or this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aechempati/5446229851/in/set-72157623292628232/

    Thanks for posting all the other apps! The only other one I had heard about was Retro :)

  3. 3
    deann says:

    thanks for the suggestions! one of my faves is goldenpiclite.

  4. 4
    Melissa H. says:

    Thanks so much! Just got an EVO 4G & am looking forward to taking advantage of the great camera. Nice to be able to immediately weed through the overwhelming amount of apps.

  5. 5
    Kelly says:

    While the Vignette Demo might look good in your phone, they are only saving super low resolution files, 0.3 megapixels. The quality won’t hold up if you upload to the web. It’s really worth spending $4 on.

  6. 6
    Ron says:

    I second Deann’s vote for GoldenPic. It provides the times for sunrise, sunset, golden hours, blue hours, and the local weather based on your GPS coordinates. The full version offers additional features to choose other locations (for planning your next photo shoot) and allows you to save various GPS coordinates to bring back up at a later time! Well worth the $1.99

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