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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.

Device: iOS & Android
Price: $9.99
Current Rating: 5/5
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Easy Release by ApplicationGap is a clever concept which replaces inconvenient paper model release and property release forms with a slick, streamlined application designed by professional photographers. It works for both iOS and Android devices, meaning you’ll never need to carry around a stack of papers, and reduces the chances of being caught short.

Device: iOS & Android
Price: $9.99
Current Rating: 4/5
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Sun Scout shows you live what your phone's camera sees, but augments the image with where the sun will be at each hour of the day. To see everything that might cast a shadow on you, simply sweep your phone across the sky from dawn to dusk – an essential piece of kit for any photographer or cinematographer working outside on a shoot.

N.b: The app is dubbed Sun Position on the Google Play store.

Device: Android & jailbreak iOS devices
Price: $9.99
Current Rating: 4.4/5
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One of the neatest aspects of smartphones is their ability to interact with photography hardware on the fly. The DSLR controller app does just that, cutting out the need for computers and laptops. All you need is a Wi-Fi capable DSLR and you’re good to go.

It’s still in beta, but very functional in its current form. The app is available for iOS 7 enabled iPads, but requires the device to be jail broken.

Device: iOS & Android
Price: Free
Current Rating: 4.4/5
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The Canon Lenses app is a guide to Canon's current lineup of EF and EF-S Mount lenses used by both Canon's digital and film SLR cameras. It’s an extremely handy tool to keep as a reference point when you’re out on a shoot or looking to purchase a new lens.

The developer, Taggart Gorman, has released similar apps for both Nikon and Tokina lenses.

Device: Android & iOS
Price: $0.99
Current Rating: 4/5
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Many photo editing apps allow you to convert images to grayscale, but very few allow you to selectively blot out color from a shot this effectively.

Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. This effect draws the viewers' attention to the colored areas, and the app makes it exceptionally easy to achieve this striking effect even on the smallest of devices.

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.

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.

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
Device: Android 3.2 and up
Price: $2.49
Current Rating: 4.8/5
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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.

Device: Android 2.1 and up
Price: Free
Current Rating: 4.7/5
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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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