Five More Great iPad Apps for Photographers


DECEMBER 20, 2010

By Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist

Last month we gave you our Top Five iPad Apps for Photographers and now here are five more apps we think pros will love for showing off their work and improving their imaging workflow with Apple's nifty tablet computer.

Thanks to all the PDN readers who wrote in with suggestions for their favorite iPad photo apps. Several of your recommendations made this list.

(If you have any other quality photo apps aimed at photographers you'd like to suggest, please email dhavlik@pdnonline.com.)


1) Foliobook
As we mentioned in last month's story, the iPad's gorgeous, 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen with 1024 x 768 resolution makes an ideal digital portfolio and there's a boatload of apps out there to help you show off your photos on the display. We named one we liked last month -- Porfolio for iPad -- and several readers wrote in to suggest others, including Foliobook ($7.99) an elegant, professional looking portfolio program that's a snap to use. With a clean and minimal interface, Foliobook produces presentation slideshows much like some of the best website portfolio services out there. (liveBooks, we're looking at you.) Images are loaded into the app from your existing iPad photo library and then drag-and-dropped via a friendly lightbox format. You can add up to 100 images per gallery for those who want to create a serious digital book. The homepage is fully customizable, letting you brand it with your company's name and style. All in all, a seamless, tasteful looking portfolio app that working professionals will appreciate.

More info and ordering here.


2) Padport
Another portfolio app with a similar Spartan and classy approach to displaying images is Padport ($9.99) which went live just this week in the Apple apps store. Some of the features include a custom splash screen (nice touch!) as well as a custom home screen which you can set with your own background images and brand (much like Foliobook). Padport allows for bulk loading of images and video via iTunes file sharing so you can get all your content into a thumbnail sorter in a jiffy. The app offers several different themes (with more to come) for your portfolios and it can display both stills and video with equal aplomb. And while some portfolio apps we've tried are annoyingly "open" so a client can accidentally access settings and change things around, Padport has a Kiosk Mode which prevents users from editing the slides. An end slide offers all your contact info much as on a portfolio website.

More info and ordering here.

3) Easy Release
Need to get model releases done on the fly but don't want to carry around all those f@#%ing papers? Why not have the models you're shooting just sign your iPad? Yes, we know that sounds a little dirty but it's no joke if you use the Easy Release app ($9.99) from ApplicationGap. With Easy Release you can get all the signatures and data you need and then have the app mail a PDF and JPEG of the release to your inbox. The app come loaded with industry standard model release forms in 13 languages that are used by most of the major photo agencies including Getty Images, Alamy, and others. You can also shoot and embed an ID photo directly into the release PDF and customize the releases with your logo image, company name, and contact info on top. So while you may not have to carry around a bunch of paper releases anymore, you will have to haul that f@#%ing iPad everywhere. Not a big deal though; the iPad is a lot of fun.

More info and ordering here.


 

 

 

 

4) Filterstorm 2

How about a version of Adobe Lightroom for your iPad? Well, we've been begging Adobe to create that, in some form, since the early days of iPhone apps but there's still no movement from San Jose. In the meantime, we have an excellent alternative: Filterstorm 2 ($3.99) which gives you a set of advanced image editing tools in a fun, touch-and-tweak interface. Though it doesn't have the organizational power of Lightroom, Filterstorm 2 takes advantage of the iPad's touchscreen to let you adjust curves to get the exposure you want. You can also color correct, reduce noise, add a vignette, sharpen, or convert to B&W just by running your fingers over the photo. If you like precision, Filterstorm 2 lets you apply any filter by brush, color range, and gradient to get the exact look you're after. Unfortunately, the processor speed of the iPad isn't fast enough to accomodate a RAW image workflow so Filterstorm 2 can currently only edit JPEGs. Though it's relatively intuitive, if you find Filterstorm's toolset overwhelming, some helpful tutorials can be launched right from within the app.

More info and ordering here.


 

 

 

5) WD Photos
And finally, here's a cool app from WD (Western Digital) that lets you beam your photo library from your home studio's storage onto your iPad. Yes, even if you're visiting a client 3,000 miles away, the WD Photos photo viewer app will let you tap into your studio's network drive to show off your work. There are a couple of caveats though: your photos need to be stored on WD network attached storage (NAS) drive at your studio, and you have to have an account with WD's MioNet remote service. The good news is that MioNet, like the app, is free and not difficult to set up. Once you're connected to your home drive, you can view all your shots on the iPad or sort them by folder or album. (And since the original files are on the studio drive, they don't take up any precious storage space on the iPad.) Images can be displayed either vertically or in wide-view when you turn the iPad horizontally. A built-in search feature lets you track down shots whether you're looking for an individual photo or an album. If you find yourself somewhere where online access is spotty -- hello AT&T! -- WD Photos lets you access previously viewed photos even when WiFi or 3G has cut out.

More info and ordering here.

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