Apps & Add-ons for Smartphone Photography

Camera apps, lenses, and tripods

By Mark Hirsch

Apps & Add-ons for Smartphone Photography

Photographer Mark Hirsch has worked with many cameras, but his favorite is the one is his iPhone 6. He is known for the coffee table book, “That Tree,” containing photos produced only with a smartphone.

Expanding on the sage advice he offered in How to Get the Perfect Shot with Your Smartphone, Mark has even more tips on how to get the most out of his favorite camera — the one inside your smartphone. 

Photography assistance apps

Make your smartphone smarter with these camera apps.

Magic Hour

Free app. Tracks the sun to alert you to when the light is best for outdoor photography
Available on the App Store for iPhones

Sun Seeker

Paid app. Useful tool for locating sun proximity for compositions
Available on the App Store for iPhones

Editing apps

Snapseed

Free app. iPhone or Android editing app – Mark’s favorite editing app
Available on the App Store for iPhones and on Google Play for Android phones

Digital Film Tools

Paid app. iPhone editing app, great for dodging and burning
Available on the App Store for iPhones

iPhone camera apps

Camera+

Paid app. One of Mark’s favorite apps for better exposure and focus control
Available on the App Store for iPhones

Slow Shutter Cam

Paid app. Timed exposure camera app
Available on the App Store for iPhones

Pro HDR X

Paid app. One of the better High Dynamic Range camera apps
Available on the App Store for iPhones

NightCap Camera

Paid app. Capture clearer photos at night or in dark places
Available on the App Store for iPhones

Android camera apps

Camera ZOOM FX

Paid and free versions. For HDR Mode Pro, fastest camera, scene modes, night
Available on Google Play for Android phones

Open Camera

Free app. Can auto-stabilize your pictures to the perfect level, expose your camera’s functionality via focus modes, scene modes, color effects, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation/lock, face detection, etc.
Available on Google Play for Android phones

Camera FV-5

Paid and free versions. Offers DNG Raw, intervalometer, exposure compensation, ISO, focus, white balance, shutter speed, long exposure support, scene modes
Available on Google Play for Android phones

Smartphone Hardware

Beef up your smartphone’s capabilities.

Add-on smartphone lens options

  • OOWA

    Mark’s favorite add-on lenses. Offer a 2.5x telephoto and a 15mm wide-angle lens

    oowa.life

  • Olloclip

    A quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and now the Samsung Galaxy S. 

    olloclip.com

  • Moment Lens

    An everyday, go-to lens for avid photographers and filmmakers.

    shopmoment.com

Smartphone tripods and mounts

  • Anycase

    6.0 Tripod Adapter for iPhone

    anycasephoto.com

  • Joby

    GripTight PRO Smartphone Tripod Mount

    joby.com

  • Zhiyun Smooth Q

    An inexpensive gimbal stabilizer to stabilize smart phone videos and stills

    zhiyun.us

About the Author

Mark Hirsch is a Wisconsin-based editorial and corporate photographer, artist, author of the book “That Tree," and a public speaker. Contact Mark.

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