This is a short but useful list of best apps that help me significantly during my job as professional photographer by making things much easier. Nothing to do with editing apps, weather apps or must have photography apps like Instagram or Lightroom but tools, I’m sure, many photographers around would benefit from during their work. Some are free, others not, some work for Android only others also with Apple iOS. Certainly, there are more useful apps for professional photographers around and I would be really pleased if you would take your time to let me know. In the meanwhile, these are the best apps for professional photographers I have installed in my smartphone.
Available for both Android and Apple iOS, Sun Surveyor is one of the best existing apps to know in advance when sunrise, golden hour or twilight will be or to make sure the subject you want to photograph is shown in the best natural light available for the best photo. Thanks to its Live Camera View and Interactive Map you have the double option to make use of your phone’s camera and also to see the overlays over Google’s Street View for other desired locations. Particularly, this app offers among its many functions:
- The view augmented reality projections of the sun and moon paths, pinpoint the time the sun or moon will be at a particular location in the sky;
- Predict and plan for the golden hour, blue hour and every sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset;
- Prepare night photography shots with the Milky Way & star trail features.
There’s also a feature-limited, free lite version though I suggest to buy the pro edition as I consider it one of the best apps for professional photographers.
Hyperfocal Pro is an ads free must-have app aimed for on-field photography calculations about hyperfocal distance, depth of field, field of view and more useful functions. You can easily configure your shooting parameters and view all the relevant focus information right in one app only. This must-have tool for the pro photographer ensures perfect focus & zone of sharpness and keep out the guesswork from focusing to framing. The app can also generates hyper-focal distance table for different f-numbers and lens focal lengths for your camera setup. With the latest update available, now, you can obtain angle of view and field of view values for an even more accurate composition and preparing your photography gear for specific scenarios. The app includes also a highly configurable hyper-focal distance table generator module in order to produce customized tables for your camera and lens combinations.
Photographer’s Companion is a free app that allows you to find a basic setting to refine to get the best image you have in mind. Particularly, the app offers the comprehensive tools to calculate the alternative/equivalent exposure (manages the ND filter and long exposures), the depth of field, hyperfocal and simulation of Bokeh, the shutter speed to freeze the motion of a subject and more useful functions. Also, you can track sunrise and sunset, golden hours and blue hours or check the moon based on the phase of the day.
MODEL RELEASER – MODEL RELEASE MAKER/CREATOR
Model Releaser is a must if you are into commercial photography and you need model release. A model release is the proof that the person you took pictures of gives you his permission to sell the images. The document aims to protect the photographer from any legal problem when he uses the images for commercial purposes. Then, Model Releaser is the app you’re looking for. I used to use another not free app, Easy Release, but as they decided to abandon it for a new (and more expensive) app named Easy Release Pro without any chance of upgrade, I decided to leave it and opt for Model Releaser. The app let you attach model photos to the forms and also has a model database you can transfer via cloud in order to see the single files from any device. Though it comes for free, the professional package is highly recommended to benefit of all its functions.
NIKON MANUAL VIEWER 2
The Nikon Manual Viewer 2 is a useful free app that allows you to download and view manuals for all Nikon SLR cameras and flashes without the hassle of bringing the paper editions with you. The app let you access the instructions of your camera or flash at any time from your device even if you’re offline. Manuals come in all languages available from Nikon.
MY GEAR VAULT
My GearVault is a free app designed to help photographers to store in their device all the information about their photographic equipment they have and what it’s worth. This useful tool allows photographers to check any time purchase receipt, date of purchase, serial number and more information of every item and save all of them into a specific category (such as cameras, lenses, etc.). The app aims to protect your gear. For example, if your camera is stolen, simply click the “stolen” button inside the app and your serial number will be entered into our stolen database. If someone tries to verify your lens as their own, My Gear Vault will be notified. Unfortunately, their full comprehensive insurance coverage is limited to residents in the USA only at the moment.
LIGHT POLLUTION MAP
This useful app is mainly aimed for night photography as allows easily locate all those dark sites not affected by light pollution for shooting star gazing, milky way or other subjects for night photography. The app has an integrated light pollution map to find the darkest places for the best viewing of the night sky. Also, you have an integrated cloud cover map and temperature indicator. If you are going shooting Aurora Borealis then you get an Aurora overlay to see where the best viewing of the Northern Lights currently is and also live Aurora webcams from around the world. The app is completed by other useful information such as a night sky calendar and the moon position tool.
FotoTool is one of the best apps for professional photographers. It’s really a must have app that contains several useful tools for professional photographers. Coming for free, this app has many useful features including also:
- A rich cameras database (over 3,800)
- Parameters and values of flash
- Calculation of stellar traces (startrails)
- Calculation of exposure value (EV)
- Comparison between different exposures
- Calculation of long exposures
- Calculations for night shots and BULB mode
- Calculations for Timelapses
- Moon Phase Calendar
- Moon/Sun Rise & Set Calendar
- Planner: Blue Hour, Golden Hour and Magic Hour
- Neutral Density Filters (ND)
- Depth of field (DOF)