Tablets are gaining ground in many industries, and 34 percent of adults own a tablet, according to Pew Research Center. They have proven to be a big benefit for photographers, especially when it comes to field work. Instead of lugging around a five to seven pound laptop, you have a light tablet that performs a number of the same functions. While you aren’t going to be rendering on the tablet anytime soon, you are able to edit photos, create portfolios, and transfer raw footage from your camera to external hard drive storage with ease. Some Lenovo tablets can even link with much of the existing software packages you already use on your home computer. For Android and iOS tablets, app developers have created a range of products to take care of your photography needs.
The name that’s on everyone’s tongue when it comes to tablet photo editing is Snapseed. Snapseed provides a range of photo editing features, effects and filters to turn your photos from mundane to magnificent. You can pinpoint the areas that need adjusting and easily share the finished products on social networks. The auto-correct feature compensates for plenty of problems in photos, while the image-tuner gives you finer control over the end result. You can also quickly crop your photos and add creative enhancements, such as a center focus or tilt shift. It supports Android 4.0 and higher and costs $4.99.
Adobe Photoshop Touch is the other photo editing mobile powerhouse, bringing the Photoshop experience to the tablet. Laptop Mag recommends this app for mobile access to the standard set of Photoshop editing tools. You also work on the image at its actual size, instead of scaled down to fit on the tablet’s screen. Like Photoshop, Photoshop Touch does do a number on the tablet processor. If you don’t have a top-of-the-line tablet, you’re going to experience some performance issues. When you do have a table that can handle it, it’s like having your work machine at your side in the field. It costs $9.99 and is worth every bit of it, whether you’re an amateur photographer or an experienced pro.
Camera Zoom FX makes the built-in camera on your tablet even better with a variety of features. In an ideal world, you’d always have your DSLR at the ready with the proper lens, but that’s not always the case. For quick and dirty photography you can’t pass up, Camera Zoom FX gives you the features you’ve always wanted out of the default Android camera app. Camera Zoom FX features customizable controls, allowing you to change the capture button and other features. You can set up voice activation, burst mode, time lapse and many other unique shot patterns. It costs $2.99 and provides you with a variety of basic editing features.
Image used with permission via Flickr user Robert Scoble.