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In addition to the range of cameras and software any serious photographer needs to complete a job or project, the growth of cameras on smart phones and tablets gives photographers a wealth of new tools and tricks at their disposal. Whether it is editing a photo taken on a phone or tablet, or using these devices to alter a photo taken with a camera, here are some of the best photography apps available to photographers.


Luminance
Photo Editing App Device: iPhone & iPad
Price: $0.99
Current Rating: 5/5
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A versatile camera app, Luminance places a heavy focus on photo editing and effects. You can apply a range of special effects to your existing and new photos.

Once you've finished adjusting your photos through cropping, rotating and applying a filter, you can copy those edits to other photos in the series. You can then upload your photos easily to Facebook, Twitter or Email or even print them directly.

PhotoShop
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Photo Editing App Device: iPhone
Price: $4.99
Current Rating: 3.5/5
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No photo editing software is as useful and feature-packed as PhotoShop, and this app is Adobe's miniature version of the full program.

From building composite images to applying effects and manipulating layers, this app will do everything you need. When you're finished, you can save your work automatically to the cloud or upload to social media sites.

Magic Shutter V3 Logo Magic Shutter
Shutter Speed App Device: iPhone & iPad
Price: $2.99
Current Rating: 2.5/5
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Magic Shutter V3 exposure screenshot Magic Shutter V3 mode screenshot Magic Shutter V3 hue screenshot An essential tool for the smart phone photographer, Magic Shutter enables you to expertly control the shutter speed to capture images similar to a professional camera by creating blurring, long exposure, and double exposure photos.

Magic Shutter allows you to preview the exposure result to ensure you get exactly the effect you want. The Smart Exposure feature lets you take long exposure photos without risking over-exposure, making it the ideal app to shoot moving objects.

Light Meter
Lighting App Device: Android 3.2 and up
Price: $2.49
Current Rating: 4.8/5
Download App from Google
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If you're planning to shoot analog photography, you can still use your electronic devices to help out. Why bring any extra camera equipment if your phone can multitask? This app allows you to use your phone as a light meter, allowing you to calibrate your exposure.

The app is available in three versions, depending on the quality and functionality you desire. The LightMeter Free app will give basic functionality, but for $2.49, the no-ad full version is a bargain.

Pixlr-o-Matic
Photo Editing App Device: Android 2.1 and up
Price: Free
Current Rating: 4.7/5
Download App from Google

This free app was the winner of 2011's "Best App Ever" award, and for good reason: This app is filled with features for photo editing and sharing.

With more than 100 effects, 200 borders and 280 overlays, it's possible to create up to 5 million combinations for custom mood, lighting and more. Once you're finished, you can export a high-resolution image to your gallery or share through Facebook.




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