4 Must-Have Apps for Photographers

There are so many photography apps available today that help photographers work and create more efficiently, and some not so much. Fortunately, I’ve spent a lot of time testing out different apps to see which ones are actually useful and which ones are just taking up space on my phone. So today I’m going to share 4 of my favorite apps for photography.


The first app on my list is VSCO. This app isn’t foreign to photographers. In fact, most photographers use or have used VSCO at one point in time. For me, it’s a staple app that I have grown to love and use more actively.

When I first signed up for VSCO years ago I was mainly a spectator, watching other photographers post their work. Today, I mainly use it to organize photos for social media and my website and to do light editing

VSCO has the same layout as Instagram so I love to use it to see how my photos will look on Instagram before I post it. In addition to this, I find that VSCO has a pretty good editing tool. I particularly enjoy using clarity, sharpen, and split tone features. VSCO even has some really nice presets. I don’t use these though because I prefer to create my own presets in Lightroom but for those that don’t want to spend their time creating them, VSCO has a nice variety.

2. Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is not to be confused with Photoshop Fix. This app is an extremely basic version of  Photoshop CC but it gets the job done, which is why I find it to be one of the most useful apps to have on my iPhone.

Photoshop Express is packed with a decent amount of features that will help you take your photos to the next level straight from your phone. You can create things like Bokeh, a grunge look, watercolor, and even cosmos.

I don’t personally use these features because I like to keep things simple but I do appreciate the fact that this app takes things a little further than your average photo app. It also helps you get an idea of things you can create when you subscribe to the actual Photoshop software.

3. Adobe Lightroom Editor

Next on the list is Adobe Lightroom Editor. What I love about Adobe Lightroom Editor is that they have a lot of the same features that you can find in the actual software. However, the true reason this app made it to my list has a lot more to do with the fact that I can easily transfer photographs from my phone into Lightroom.

I find this app to be extremely convenient on my lazy days. It’s also convenient when I connect my Canon 6d to my iPhone to take pictures. It allows me to save the images to my phone, upload them to the Lightroom app and it will automatically sync with the Lightroom software so  I can edit them there when I’m ready.

4. Plotboard – Frame Moodboard

The last app on this list is one I’ve only recently started using but is one I plan to keep around. Plotboard is not a photo editing app but it is an app I find great for making mood boards for any commission work or personal projects I’m working on.

This is convenient for me because I have something I can easily reference back to and build upon right from my phone. I find that having a mood board keeps me inspired and focused on my current direction and love that this app makes it easy for me to add photos to it.

Another benefit to this app is that if you click share you can easily send it to someone else through text or mail. So if you’re working on a joint project or want to share the mood board with a client for a shoot, this app makes it simple for you to do that.

I really love it when I find apps that help me cut down on time and work more creatively. For me, I find these apps to be the most useful all-around. What are some of your favorite apps?

Also, if you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to check out my article talking about the 3 best lenses for a Canon full-frame.