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photography apps ipadThe iPad doesn’t have a camera, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a useful device for shutterbugs. The growing number of photography related apps for the iPad takes full advantage of the high resolution image display of the iPad screen. The touch technology of the device lends itself to interactive applications in which you can both edit images and show them off.

So without further ado, here a few free and practical photography apps for the iPad.

Portfolio To Go Lite

I’ve written before The iPad - The Best Device For Photographers [Mac] The iPad - The Best Device For Photographers [Mac] Read More about how useful the iPad is for displaying photos. Well, one app that does it well is the aptly named, Portfolio To Go Lite (iTunes Store link). This app allows you to showcase photos from your Flickr.com account.

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After syncing to your account, you can select galleries to display photos full screen. The app also includes an easy to use slideshow feature.

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Now, you may be wondering, how is this app different from the photo application that comes with the iPad and iPhone? Well, with a Flickr.com account you can connect to your images wirelessly from your mobile device instead of having to export them through a wired connection from your computer, which also results in taking up more space on the hard drive of your iPad.

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The pro version of this app has some other goodies, but the lite version is a very good start. The developer is open to suggestions for enhancing his application in upcoming updates.

PhotoPad By Zagg

Although the iPad doesn’t take photos, it still can be used for editing and enhancing them. Another very useful app in this regard is PhotoPad. This free app has a variety of capabilities for cropping photos, scaling them, adding color saturation, and applying various filters and brush effects.

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One of the essential editing tools for all digital images fresh out of the camera is the contrast tool. It is simple to use with just two sliders to adjust the contrast and brightness of a selected photo. In my experience with it, the tool works really well and can definitely enhance digital images.

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PhotoPad also includes image editing tools for tinting photos, making greyscale conversions, and adjusting for color levels. Tapping a button on the top-left of the application allows you to undo any edits you make, and there is also a history tool which, when tapped, will display the individual edits you have made.

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This app, as with the other two, makes a copy of the original, which means that all the edits you make to an imported photo are copied and saved to your photo library of your iPad.

The developer’s website provides no how-to support for the application, but you can learn a lot just by exploring the tools and letting your creativity run wild.

Colors Pro Free

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at selective desaturation effects, the app, Colors Pro, makes it easy to do so. This tool, which can be found in advanced images editors like Photoshop, allows you, for example, to turn a photo into black and white and then paint back in the original color of any part of the image.

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It includes a zoom and move tool for doing very detailed selections and fine tuning.

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Other features include unlimited undos, emailing of photos, and four different selection tools (circle, rectangle, lasso, and finger brush) for painting back in selections.

This ad-supported app is a powerful tool that traditionally could only be achieved in expensive editing applications like Photoshop.

With these type of free mobile photography apps for the iPad, you can do a lot of editing and enhancing of your photos absolutely for free.

If you have used one of these or a similar photography apps on your iPad or iPhone, let us know about it.  If you try out one of these applications, let us know what you think of it.

  1. Bakari
    July 30, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Zholy, thanks for the feedback.

  2. SpreadTheWord
    July 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Those are some great apps...definetly worth trying..but i have a little question for you gyus. I'm Polish and on one of our sites i've found this little baby - http://pobierz.pl/programy/win...

    Anyone know that they're planning to make an ipad version of this software?

  3. SpreadTheWord
    July 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Those are some great apps...definetly worth trying..but i have a little question for you gyus. I'm Polish and on one of our sites i've found this little baby - http://pobierz.pl/programy/windows/grafika/edycja-i-tworzenie-grafiki/Photoscape.

    Anyone know that they're planning to make an ipad version of this software?

    • Bakari
      July 30, 2010 at 4:42 am

      STW, you might write and ask the developer if they plan to do a iPad version. Let us know if they do.

  4. Peterhartwig
    July 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Hey, sorry for the plug, but after reading this I realized that this list needs my first iPad app in there...http://www.freelunch.dk/lightkit ... it's an app that 'turns the ipad into a light source'... you can select different gobos/reflections, such as windows, old windows, chimera's etc... kinda neat if i might say so ;)
    Anyone wants to review it, let me know...

    And thanks for the rundown of apps!!

    Peter

  5. Peterhartwig
    July 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Hey, sorry for the plug, but after reading this I realized that this list needs my first iPad app in there...www.freelunch.dk/lightkit ... it's an app that 'turns the ipad into a light source'... you can select different gobos/reflections, such as windows, old windows, chimera's etc... kinda neat if i might say so ;)
    Anyone wants to review it, let me know...

    And thanks for the rundown of apps!!

    Peter

  6. Georgia
    July 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Bakari, it's not a free app, but it is very cool. Just launched last week. CINQ! They also have an app for the iphone. cinq.tunaverse.com. If you take pics on your iphone they sync with your desktop automatically. Also, all your pictures on your computer are accessible to the ipad or iphone. You can also view FB images. Would love to know what you think.

  7. Georgia
    July 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Bakari, it's not a free app, but it is very cool. Just launched last week. CINQ! They also have an app for the iphone. cinq.tunaverse.com. If you take pics on your iphone they sync with your desktop automatically. Also, all your pictures on your computer are accessible to the ipad or iphone. You can also view FB images. Would love to know what you think.

  8. Bakari
    July 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Hmm, I'm not sure about a camera for the iPad. I can see the use of a video cam, but as for a still camera, it would be kinda weird trying to taking still photos with the device.

  9. ipad developers
    July 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the review, I think these apps must be really cool. iPad opens up great possibilities for editing photos, but I still wish it had camera. Maybe they will include it in the furher iterations.

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