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8 Essential Apps for the Best Travel Photos
Photography Apps for Travel
For me, photography apps are my friendly little helpers and you can never have enough of those. Whether I’m traveling with my DSLR or I rely on my iPhone for my travel pics travel photography apps will help me to create the best images possible.
I’ve put together a list of travel photography apps I’ve come to rely on when I’m traveling to help you do the same. Some are specific for smartphone photography like the camera and editing apps. Others are for getting lost, planning, and sharing your adventures.
It may seem a little odd to you that I’m starting off this list with a navigation app. But bear with me and I’ll explain why.
This app is based on GPS which means that once you’ve downloaded the maps of the places you’re gonna visit you don’t need an internet connection to find your way around.
But what does that have to do with photography you might be wondering? With this app in your back pocket, you can afford to get lost. One of the greatest things to do when you’re in a new place is to follow your curiosity. When you’re going from one great photo spot to the next you might lose track of your whereabouts and get lost. If that happens this app will bring you home. That’s a reassuring feeling especially for those of us who don’t have a navigation system built in. I know my sense of direction is completely non-existent and this app has saved me numerous times.
Ever got up really early to catch the sunrise only to find out that you’re at the wrong spot or the sun is already up? This app will help you to determine exactly at what time and where the sun will rise and set. It’s a great app if you want to keep track of the golden hour, the blue hour, the moon, and the weather. It will even tell you if it’s a good day for chasing sunsets!
I really like this app and whenever I’m in a new place I use this app to check the weather and the time of the sunset. Not a morning person so I hardly shoot the sunrise 😉 I also use it to see where the light is coming from in relation to a specific place I would like to photograph. You can find the direction of the light in the maps section of the app.
If you’re serious with your smartphone photography the first step is downloading a camera app and ProCamera is one of the best camera apps for sure.
Your native camera app doesn’t give you manual control over shutter speed and ISO but ProCamera does! You can still shoot in Auto Mode but you’ll have the option to shoot in manual mode and in semi-automatic mode as well. Another great advantage of shooting with ProCamera is that you can shoot in the RAW file format. A RAW file gives you way more editing possibilities than a JPEG file.
Learn More: In the Fabulous Phone Photography course, you’ll learn how to photograph with ProCamera!
Your native camera app but also a camera app download like ProCamera doesn’t allow for extreme slow shutter speeds. In low light situations, this can be annoying. And if you want to create those silky long exposure pics with your smartphone you’ll need an app that will leave your shutter open for a few seconds at least.
When you use this camera app you should mount your smartphone on a tripod because the shutter speeds this camera app produces are very slow. It’s not possible to shoot without a tripod. Also, keep in mind that the slow shutter speed will result in blurry movement of your subject if it’s moving. It’s part of the attraction I would say but you need to be aware of this.
This is a great editing app especially if you’re starting out. It has good filters and a lot of editing possibilities in the adjustments section.
VSCO comes with a build in camera app but I do not advise you to use it. Better shoot with your native camera app or a camera app like ProCamera.
Another great thing about VSCO is that it has its own community. When you create an account you can upload your best shots to the community. You can also discover accounts from other photographers. This can be a great way to get inspiration for the next places to go to.
Snapseed is the mother of all smartphone photo editing apps. It has everything you could possibly desire in an editing app. Snapseed is my go-to editing app for smartphone photography.
One of the features that sets it apart from other free photo editing apps is the possibility to make adjustments to a small part of the image using the Brush Tool or the Selective tool. This is great for brightening up a face for instance or darkening an area that is too bright.
A list of photography apps for travel is not complete without Instagram although it’s an obvious one …………. I know.
Still, Instagram is the most popular photography-focused social media app out there. It’s a great way to keep in touch with people back home, to connect with people you meet on the road, and to create a travel diary of your adventures. It’s also a great way to meet new people, to discover new places, and to get inspiration for your next trip.
Learn More: Check out our From Instagram Newbie to Instagram Star Course
I recently discovered Steller and it was love at first sight. It’s a beautifully designed social media platform with a strong focus on showcasing your photos.
What I like the most so far is the magazine like feature of the app. It’s all about creating stories with your photos. And it is a great way to publish a body of work instead of 1 photo at the time as you do in Instagram.
The app comes with a large variety of themes and layouts and you can add text and videos.
As I said it’s a social media platform so you can share your stories and you can enjoy the stories of others. You can also follow, and like people just like any other social media platform. The big difference is that it does not feel hyper at all like Instagram can be. It feels meaningful, authentic, genuine, and above all human.
People that publish on Steller pay a lot of attention to the quality of the pictures, the sequences, and the layouts They also share background information about the photos and the places.
I get the feeling the app and its community value creativity and purpose over algorithms and numbers. And that’s a breath of fresh air.
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Hi, I'm Karin!
A pro photographer bringing 25+ years of experience to your table. Dedicated to teaching you how to capture your wonderful world in expressive photography using ANY camera. Because honestly…..it’s not about the camera. It's about your vision!