With the standard ASMP model and proper-
ty releases at hand, along with Getty Imag-
es standard stock releases, you can easily
get the information and consent you need
on your mobile device. An image of the
model or property can be added and a PDF
of the signed release can be e-mailed from
within the app. And you’ll never get caught
without a release form when unexpected photo ops pop up.
Filterstorm Pro 2.5
This full-featured app offers a wide
range of tools, including curves and
levels. Better yet, changes can be ap-
plied selectively via masks and layers.
Automations (similar to actions) can be
recorded and re-applied; and you can
resize, straighten and crop images as
well as add borders and text. Export options include e-mail,
FTP and social media sites. FSPro also offers batch process-
ing and digital asset management.
Price: $15 (Filterstorm Pro 2.5); $4.99 (Filterstorm 4. 5)
Packed with a well-balanced assortment of features, Snapseed offers global control over brightness,
contrast, saturation, ambiance and white balance, with U-Point selective adjustments for the first three.
Straighten, crop, sharpen/blur, an effective Auto Correct are complemented by more artistic options such
as B&W conversion and vintage films. With an overlay that explains where to swipe and tap, there’s virtually no learning curve for this highly intuitive app.
Price: $4.99 (iOS; release date for Android TBD); $19.99 (Mac/Windows desktop)
Although PhotoForge2 doesn’t have the
batch processing options of Filterstorm Pro
2.5, it’s just as powerful and is equipped
with a full feature set that, in some ways,
exceeds that of FSPro—especially with its
broad range of creative effects and its geo-
tagging features. Layers, masks, curves,
levels, channel mixing and a host of other
Adobe Photoshop-like tools will appeal to pros and enthusiasts
alike. And, it’s much more intuitive than Filterstorm. Skip the 99-
cent version; go straight to PhotoForge2.
Price: $0.99 (PhotoForge); $2.99 (PhotoForge2)
Website: www.photoforge2.com; www.ghostbirdsoft.com
This intelligent little app that, as the
name implies, tracks the sun (and
moon), calculates angle, elevation,
sunrise, sunset and more for the
location, day, year and time of your
choice, so you can plan the perfect
lighting, down to the minute. Multiple location information can be
saved and, with the iOS version, it
can be shared.
Price: $4.99 (iOS); $1.99 (Amazon/Android); $2.99
Xtrafolio turns your iPad into a virtual collection of your greatest hits. It accepts a variety of image file forms,
including JPEGs, TIFFs, GIFs and even H.264 video. Just about everything in the app is customizable: image sequence, captions, folder size and color, background images and more. You can designate one app as a “master”
and have other iPads with Xtrafolio automatically sync to it to propagate changes reflected in the master portfolio. There are several presentation pages, all of which offer customizable transitions and layouts. The “settings”
function of the app can be password protected to prevent third parties from inadvertently (or maliciously) fiddling
with your presentation. The app also supports videos too, provided they’re encoded in H.264. —Greg Scoblete