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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

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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)
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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.shot_1297288789094 Best Android / Droid Apps for Photographers Guest Bloggers Photography & Photoshop News

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 – $3.991297022511388 Best Android / Droid Apps for Photographers Guest Bloggers Photography & Photoshop News If 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  It offers modes that emulate high quality black and white prints, low quality toy camera shots with light leaks, out of date film styles, vintage effects and a wide range of available frames.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).

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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.
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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.
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Picsay Pro Editor – $3.98
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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 or at her blog


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  1. Jenney on May 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Melt my heart! These are so sweet!!!My favorite Mother’s Day gift today was my little boy promising to be sweet and good for me all day. We’ll see if he fulfills that promise. LOL

  2. Cindy Bracken on May 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    What treasures! Those are adorable. Thank you for sharing them!

  3. Tina on May 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

    That’s too cute, especially: my mom helps people take pictures with no red eyes! Her teacher was probably like, what the heck?

  4. Didi VonBargen-Miles on May 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

    OMGosh- love it!!!! The girls couldn’t wait yesterday and gave me a couple of projects early- and they too are priceless. I’m the first one up this morning and onjoying the peace and quiet before the chaos…. we are blessed to have such sweet kids in our lives! :)oops- they found me… hear them coming down the stairs now! and their cards and gifts just rocked! I’m a lucky girl indeed!

  5. carolbrowne on May 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Oh, that’s sweet. I like how they said, “Sometimes she works in pajamas.” Teehee! An excellent gift for sure. I’m not a mom, but I did enjoy this gift. Have a great Mother’s Day!

  6. Liz on May 10, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful! I especially like “My mom helps people take pictures with no red eyes”. Adorable!!You have two very special girls there. From one Mama to another…Happy Mothers Day!

  7. Jessie on May 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

    These are so sweet!My gifts were many this morning and all handmade – some tissue paper flowers my 2yo son made at preschool, a pot holder my 6yo old made at Girl Scouts, a photo in a handmade frame she also made at kindergarten, and several handmade cards. All very cute indeed.

  8. Jessica Hanaumi on May 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wendy M on May 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for sharing! I remember those days. My favorite mother’s day present was a set of handmade bookmarks that my oldest son made for me. One says, “Moms are like roses. Their beautiful, but sometimes their prickly.” I still use it all the time!

  10. Vicki on May 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Gifts like that are true treasures. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  11. Shuva Rahim on May 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, how lovely, Jodi! You’re lucky and blessed with such beautiful children! Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage on May 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Those are the sweetest Mother’s Day gifts ever!

  13. Sue on May 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Wow. I still have one from when my daughter was that young. You will NEVER tire of reading these! So precious! (makeup everyday? I’m impressed!) You find out what is so important to your girls through these and realize how special those little things can be. This year for mom’s day, my baby girl came in from Chicago and we shopped for her wedding dress! (yep, I was sniffling all day)

  14. laureen on May 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Fabulous! What wonderful girls (and teachers!)…happy mother’s day!

  15. Silvina on May 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    That was just BEAUTIFUL!! What awesome gifts…enjoy your Mother’s Day!

  16. MegganB on May 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I LOVE that Ellie told on you wearing your PJs!! Don’t we all! That is so cute! And I LOVE that Jenna wrote you help people fix red-eye – sooo adorable! What a priceless gift! 🙂

  17. Rebecca Whitney on May 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    These are sooooooo cute!!! I LOVE the “sometimes she works in pajamas”, so cute!!!

  18. amanda on May 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    That is an awesome gift!! Thanks for sharing it here. Hmm… maybe we’ll copy it for our Father’s Day gift!! I hope you and all the mommy readers had a great Mother’s Day!!

  19. Lolli @ Life is Sweet on May 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful books and tributes to you as their mom!

  20. Kristen Soderquist on May 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    What an awsome gift!!!! How sweet and what a gift to treasure forever!!! Something so fun to look at when the girls get older!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  21. Katy G on May 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I love the fact that Ellie used the word “often” in one of her sentences…it’s fun when little kids use words like that. 🙂 I got the flu for mother’s day and it stinks! My kids came up first thing this morning and gave me cards they drew themselves (my 3 year old’s was especially cute), so it brightened my day a lot.

  22. aimee on May 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    absolutely priceless jodi! my two youngest made me books last year at school for mother’s day, they are awesome. my youngest wrote things like ‘my mom taykes awesome pictures’ and ‘she can’t live without cofee’ 😀 – oh i treasure those books so much. happy mother’s day, sounds like it was perfect!

  23. Barb Ray on May 10, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    What a priceless gift!!!!! TFS!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy what is left of your Mother’s Day…hope your allergies/asthsma is better!!!

  24. Amanda on May 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes!! What a priceless blessing!Amanda

  25. Free Mother's Day Gift on May 10, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Great article! I love Mother’s Day because it’s a day to give appreciation to all the hard working mothers out there.If you’re a mother, go to the link below for your free Mother’s Day gift!

  26. JenW on May 10, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    That is the BEST gift ever!!!!!! What fabulous teachers they have!!!! What great kids you have!Happy Mother’s day!

  27. Christy CM Photography on May 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    For moms day this year they brought me flowers & my step daughters and their little ones all came over. It was a great mothers day!What a special sweet gift! I cried when my daughters gave me something similar when they were about the same age as your girls. It seems like yesterday but now they are 19 & 16. They grow up so fast Jodi, even when it doesnt seem like it at the time, looking back, it seems like it all went so quickly!

  28. Becky Stillions (Still Sweet) on May 10, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my goodness…I just read their books and this so blessed my heart. I have two daughters also, but mine are now 39 and 32! They are a joy to me and I can so relate to how you feel.You will cherish these forever! Happy Mother’s Day to you and thank you for all your awesome tutorials and inspiration to help the rest of us out here!!! Blessings to you!

  29. apryl on May 10, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    jodi, these are wonderful! how lucky you are!my guys made me handmade cards & a wonderful lunch after church. it was great day – i loved it!

  30. Michele on May 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I couldn’t imagine what could be better than a new camera or new lens…..until I saw these! You will treasure these all your life (you will have many new cameras and lenses, but this will be the best). I know.

  31. Patti on May 11, 2009 at 1:20 am

    This week my daughter paid me a surprise visit from college! Today I was blessed to be in church with my son and husband…and afterwords went to lunch and my teenaged son even patiently went shopping with me! It was a lovely day!

  32. Sylvia on May 11, 2009 at 1:30 am

    All of them so sweet. I have saved loads of these things made by my daughters over the years, you will treasure them forever!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  33. Mim on May 11, 2009 at 4:08 am

    that is so precious! I especially like “my mom helps people take pictures with no red eyes” … adorable!

  34. Kathy on May 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

    What great gifts!! I got a new fridge because mine died the day before Mother’s Day. And even better, I got a nap!

  35. MariaV on May 11, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day. Thank you for sharing your cards.

  36. Wendi P on May 11, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    My 6 year old son Jaden did something similar at school. My favorite was when he said “My mom loves it when I sleep.” You’re right, these are priceless. …although I loved getting a new Canon flash and transmitter for my camera from Daddy and the boys too. I’m thinking daddy wants something big for father’s day next month maybe :O)

  37. Brandy on May 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    My kids are 2 and 10 months and I CAN”T WAIT to get gifts like those! How precious!

  38. chris on May 12, 2009 at 3:13 am

    wow! this is a precious gift! my most treasured gift is the one i received from my daughter this mom’s day… check it out at

  39. Navy Sou on May 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    OMG…these ARE priceless!!! I guess that was the word I was looking for when I blogged about my Mother’s Day gift! I can’t wait ’til my pre-schooler is old enough to write! These ARE better gifts than a lens!!! I wholeheartedly agree!

  40. Wendy on May 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

    These are so precious it got me choked up 🙂 This was my FIRST mothers day my baby is 10 months and so far he is the best mothers day gift ever!

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