There has never been a better time to get into photography than now. Digital cameras are more affordable than ever, platforms which allow budding photographers to share their work online are a dime a dozen, and there is also a ton of free photo-editing software which can turn your snapshots into works of art.
Another factor contributing to its popularity are Smartphones, which now feature advanced cameras with high megapixel count. Of course, DSLRs are still in a league of their own as far as image quality is concerned, but smartphones are giving compact digital cameras a run for their money in a lot of categories.
Whether you own a digital camera or not, smartphones come in really handy if you want to take a snapshot of something, without having to lug around heavy digital cameras, lenses, spare batteries and flashes. But, you can use you Android cell phone to create serious work as well. If you don’t believe me, check out some examples of cell phone photography out there. You will be floored, I promise you. But, I’m not here to teach you about photography, but to show you some of the Android apps that you may find helpful if photography is your passion or a hobby. Let’s take a look.
Photaf Panorama Pro
Panoramic photography is one of the most striking types of photography, and its popularity in a world of wide, high-resolution screens makes more sense than ever. Unless you have a tripod with you, creating a panoramic photo on your own might prove to be a challenge. But, with the help of the Photaf Panorama Pro, creating hand-held panoramas on your Android cell phone is a breeze. You can create both horizontal and vertical panoramas. Just remember to keep your hand still.
Pro HDR Camera
In case you are not familiar with the term, HDR stands for high dynamic range. HDR images are created by taking the same shot at different exposures. The images are then combined into one, which contains an incredible amount of detail which would have been lost otherwise.
Now you can do that with your Android phone, without spending countless hours learning post-production. The Pro HDR Camera gives you a great deal of control over the shots you took. This app is especially useful for creating images out of shots takes in low-light conditions. Avoid taking pictures of people in HDR though, because it gives the skin an unpleasant, artificial tone. Landscapes and city streets, on the other hand, will look stunning.
The golden hour occurs twice a day – around sunrise and sunset, but the exact time changes during the year, and having an app that reminds you of this comes in really handy. The Golden Hour app will make sure you never miss the perfect moment to take your photos. The app does this by taking into account your current location, date and season. On top of that, it has a weather forecast feature, as well.
There you go, three great Android apps which are essential if you are serious about cell phone photography. Have fun and share your work with the world!