Have you ever swooned over mouthwatering food photos or jaw-dropping nature images and wondered how these stunning images were captured and shared with just a few clicks? I sat down with professional food, travel, and lifestyle photographer Eric Benjamin Kleinberg to find out the must-have apps he keeps on his phone. These are the five apps he is currently obsessed with!
Eric's first suggestion is one many of us probably already have on our phone: Instagram. Eric says, "What's not to love about this iconic image-based app. It's a great way to share one's vision with a community of millions across the globe." Instagram isn't just about the filters and features, though. It really is more about building an audience for your images. Plus, with the recent release of "Instagram Stories," it's fun to share a bit of your personality and maybe even a peek behind the scenes while traveling or on a photo shoot. In addition, with just the touch of a button, it is easy to share content from Instagram to other social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
Instagram is available to download for free on iOS and Android devices.
When it comes to tweaking your mobile images, Eric says, "Snapseed is a powerful editing app that goes a few steps further than what can be done with Instagram." This app is geared to the more serious mobile photographer. Since it is more complicated than Instagram, be aware that it might take a little longer to become familiar with all the capabilities. Snapseed offers numerous features to take your images to the next level. The filters are clearly marked and easy to navigate, and you can even return to your editing history if you prefer a filter you tried earlier. There's even an option to save your project and revisit it later in case you'd like to edit it more. Snapseed also offers users the ability to share the images directly on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram with ease.
Snapseed is available to download for free on iOS and Android devices.
3. Easy Release
Eric often works on location, and an app called Easy Release allows him to replace inconvenient paper forms with a streamlined app. "This is a great app for on-the-go model and property releases," Eric says. Easy Release allows a photographer to collect all the necessary data and signatures right on the phone, then e-mail a pdf and JPEG of the release. It's easy to sign with the touch screen using your finger as the stylus.
Easy Release is available to download for $9.99 on iOS and Android devices. There are also additional in-app purchases available.
Shake is a legal document app that is as easy as a handshake agreement with the security of a legal contract. Eric likes to keep this app on hand to quickly and easily create, sign, and send legally binding agreements. He says, "When I am carrying all my photography equipment and gear, the last thing I want is to be weighed down with paperwork. Shake is a great paperless tool to gather all the information I need while keeping everything neat and organized." The app allows you to choose a free, customizable template. There is even an option to consult with a law firm if you have any questions.
Shake is available for free on the web, as well as for iOS and Android devices.
5. Slow Shutter Cam
"When I am out with only my phone in my pocket," Eric says, "I like to use the Slow Shutter Cam app for cool effects that once were only possible with DSLR." Slow Shutter Cam offers three capture modes to re-create the features of a DSLR camera. Motion Blur is the equivalent of shutter priority mode on a DSLR. It can suggest movement in your photographs by adding blur. Light Trail allows you to essentially paint with light. This is great for shots of fireworks or car light trails. My favorite is the Low Light feature, perfect for capturing every photon of light hitting the sensor in your phone. If you have ever struggled to take the perfect shot in a dimly lit restaurant, this is the feature you have been looking for.
Slow Shutter Cam is available to download for $9.99 on iOS devices.