Smartphone Photography Cannot Replace Traditional Photography, But Can Replicate The Experience
Once upon a time there was a different device for each function, There were cameras for photography, phones for calling, calculators for performing calculations. Now, everything is integrated into one and we easily forget the dedicated device that we grew up using our whole lives.
Smartphones are the all-in-one package, and every smartphone company strives to make the integrated functions even better while giving us the traditional experience as well.
Photography has been improved and is still improving in each upcoming release, but this art is something the professionals still don’t have fun with while using a smartphone for the purpose.
The feel and whole process of picking the settings for each picture and managing to capture what you see from your own eyes is very unique and exhilarating, and implementing that in a smartphone is usually harder. However, apps have been designed to replicate the experience in both iOS and Android:
For the professional photographers who love to manually adjust the settings, this app is perfect while using a smartphone for photography.
Now instead of relying on the camera’s rigid settings, users can play with the shutter speed, exposure white balance and a whole lot more through Manual only for $2.
For the novice photographers, manually selecting the settings for a picture can be difficult. Especially with a smartphone.
In such cases, Expositor is the answer to professional photography without guessing the settings. This intelligent app calculates the exposure settings based on the information you provide regarding the environment, just for $2.
Android: Photo Tools by Hcpl
This app is similar to Expositor, but is free and contains more features for planning the shot. Photo Tools includes a depth-of-field calculator and flash exposure calculator, and even aids in getting the correct settings time-lapse shots.
iOS: Photographer’s Ephemeris
For outdoor shoots, that too with a smartphone, the angle of the sun or moon usually changes the whole look in pictures. can change the look and feel of photos.
In such cases, this app can calculate the sun’s angle at any moment of the day based on location, and even show you how the shadows will fall at that time.
Available for $9, it might be pricier than the other apps, but since this app is solely focused on outdoor shoots, it’s not that bad a deal.
Android: Sun Surveyor Lite
This app is a good Android alternative for Photographer’s Ephemeris, but has fewer features. Though it is free.
What is photography editing without Photoshop nowadays? This widely used software has been translated for both iOS and Android devices, and is free, providing us with the nirvana we all have been waiting for.