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Five apps for the tech-savvy photographer

The past decade has seen an obvious change in how accessible hobbies, such as photography, have become to the general public. When talking to older family members I’m told about the days of film cameras and the struggles of developing a photo, with all the dated regimes that came along with taking one photo and achieving a disappointing, grainy copy.

Funnily enough, taking photos from a film camera is now the new trend in photography, even with all the new digital cameras that are so accessible to us!

However, if you prefer a more contemporary and immediate approach, you don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money on an old film camera, rather, you can do it from the comfort of your own smartphone. With the right apps and a good quality smartphone camera, you can use filters to add to the vintage style that many professional photographers are trying to create just with the swipe of your finger.  

Here are some of the best apps that will help you capture, edit and share your photographs:

  1. Snapseed

Snapseed is a professional photo editor that was developed by Google. It lets you add filters and touch up any errors that may have occurred. This app simply allows the complex to seem easy; the amateur photographers learn how to adjust exposure, colour and sharpness. The ability to touch any part of the image that you want and the sleekness of the app allows any photographer of any level to understand and pursue photography.

  1. VSCO

VSCO is a free app that has a wide range of beautiful effects that mimic the classic film look. Although VSCO is free at first it offers you additional payments to buy more effects.  Not only can you add filters to previous photographs, it includes a built-in camera that has the ability to play around with shutter speed, ISO, white balance and manual focus. After capturing and editing your photograph you can share it with the VSCO photography community.

  1. Cortex Camera

Cortex Camera is an app that allows a new and intuitive way of being able to take sharp night-time photos without the need of a tripod. This is an essential application for any photographer, regardless of the level of skill they have. Cortex Camera is vital for the nightlife seekers that enjoy capturing architectural or portraits of people at night or any low-light setting. The way it works is impressive, capturing more than one photo it then blends them together to get rid of some of the grain.

  1. Enlight

Enlight is an app that consists of a wide range of editing skills. This app is for those photographers who also seek a creative and unique way of editing their photos. One of it’s main effects is that it allows you to edit your photos with it’s double exposure. This mixer tool allows you to digitally manipulate your photographs without going into the troubles of using photoshop. This is for those who seek a distinctive way of capturing and editing their photos.

  1. Instagram

What use is it taking and editing photos without having a platform to share them on? Instagram is the largest photo sharing platform with over 500 million monthly users. This is why Instagram is one of the most popular social media amongst photographers. There is a sense of freedom of expression and it allows any snapper to share their work and connect with other users. Instagram allows you to edit photographs within the app, message others privately and allows you to build your own community of followers that appreciate your work. Instagram isn’t only for photographers, but for anyone who seeks to find inspiration.

Last month (June 2017) saw the tenth anniversary of the first ever iPhone going on sale to the general public. In a report on Recode, Rani Molla is quoted as saying that; “the iPhone transformed photography from a hobby to a part of everyday life” and I think we can all agree. Major advancements in mobile tech has made photography more attainable to everyone, not just for the professional. Has mobile tech actually changed the way we approach photography? The fact that we now have the opportunity to take and edit photographs all from one pocket device says it all. Not only that, but being able to share photographs and gather an audience on different sharing platforms is tantamount to the creativity and accessibility that mobile tech has allowed us to discover whilst developing photography skills.

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