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Why You Should Listen to ‘Who? Weekly’
Andy Warhol once said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” A few other people (who are probably fame whores themselves) have claimed credit for the quote, but they didn’t have the clout that Warhol did. So who cares?
Well, those “other people” would likely be much more interesting to Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger, the duo behind the Who? Weekly podcast. They get together twice a week to talk about “who-lebrities”—the people whose names you hear in passing but don…
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Instagram’s Facade of the Perfect Life Has Made Us Lose Our Empathy
Last week, it was reported that 3 Canadian YouTube vloggers had died while swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in Squamish, British Columbia. The trio were part of content creation channel High On Life, which has a current following of 560,000 subscribers, and a further 1.1 million followers on Instagram. As the tragic news broke, so did the influx of comments across news sites and social media.
What should have been an opportunity for public unity and a shared value of life, soon became a shocking and inexcusable insight into how certain people view social media influencers.
They had it coming. Good riddance.
Over the past decade, social media has become the platform for the facade of a perfect life. People are obtaining thousands of online worshippers as they sell them beauty, lifestyle, experience, and adventure. Many attempt to recreate the life of those they have started to admire so much and the result of this is millions of social media accounts filled with avocados, tranquil landscapes, and professional looking photos of people lounging at home in their comfy clothes.
But with the so-called perfect life comes resentment. Resentment from those that feel they don’t live in the same wonderful world, spared of sadness and pain, like so many influencers like to suggest they do. Jealousy begins to take over, as does the desire to see the image of perfection shattered into little pieces.
I read social media influencers and start to laugh.
The horrendous reaction to the death of Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper further highlights how detached society is becoming from reason, and more worryingly, empathy.
Prior to their death, the 3 vloggers seemed to live the life. They traveled the world and obtained memories that will last a lifetime. Granted, their behavior did not always fall in line with ethics and the law, with many of their social media stunts falling under scrutiny. Two years ago both Gamle and Lyakh were rightly punished by both law enforcement and the Internet for walking across Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring.
It is this kind of behavior that makes many people reject the lengths influencers are prepared to go so they can sell you the dream. But despite the questionable behavior of the pair, and many other influencers, surely it does not warrant the celebration of death, especially in such devastating circumstances?
Karma’s a b*tch. Don’t respect nature and this is what you get in return.
What the deaths do bring attention to is the world behind the lens. It is a rare moment where the fairy tale life is brought back into the reality and shown to be no different from just your average Joe living next door. And for those that make them, the hurtful comments are an opportunity to say, “not so perfect now, are you?”. It is a moment in which certain people can finally connect with the influencers, and rejoice in the knowledge that as is true for them, things are not always so ideal.
It is also the case that online content creators have to take responsibility for the current state we find ourselves in as a society. Life is not perfect, for anybody. Selling this package is clearly having a negative impact on humanity, with many suggesting that social media depression is on the rise. While it may look cool in the moment, everyone, on both sides, has to take responsibility for the damage it is causing.
I say we get rid of this ridiculous perception that the Utopian life is obtainable; all you need is a good camera, some makeup, and an Instagram account. I say we stop making it about us and them, and we tell more of a story that shows that all of us, no matter our status in life, are not too dissimilar at all.
If that could happen and resentment and jealousy go with it, we could all be in a healthier position in our minds. And maybe, in this not so perfect world, when such a tragedy happens again, everyone can come together and show both unity and empathy.
Wouldn’t that be a far better world to live in?
About the author: Dan Ginn is a street photographer based in London. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Ginn’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This article was also published here.
Image credits: Header photo by Becca Tapert
Instagram’s Facade of the Perfect Life Has Made Us Lose Our Empathy
Wet Plate Photography Makes Tattoos Disappear
Here’s something you may not have known about the 1800s wet plate collodion photography process: it can make certain tattoos disappear in photos. It’s a curious phenomenon that photographer Michael Bradley used for his portrait project Puaki.
“The idea was first sparked when I saw some wet plate collodion images from photographers around the world who had shot people with tattoos,” Bradley tells PetaPixel. “I had been shooting on the wet plate collodion method for a few months and was looking for a long-term project when I saw these images of people with tattoo’s and noticed that some faded away depending on the color of that tattoo.
“I noticed that the green/blue shades looked like they were most likely to disappear, especially on someone with slightly darker skin, and this sparked the idea.”
Bradley decided to focus his camera on the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand, whose traditional tā moko tattoos have been making a resurgence.
Tā moko is different from ordinary tattooing because chisels (called uhi are used to carve the skin and opposed to using needles and puncturing. As a result, the skin is grooved rather than smooth in the tattoo areas.
Bradley realized that when photographs of traditional tā moko were captured back in the 1800s, the tattoos themselves barely showed up at all and where therefore lost to history.
“The wet-plate photographic method used by European settlers served to erase this cultural marker – and as the years went by, this proved true in real life, too,” the project’s statement reads. “The ancient art of tā moko was increasingly suppressed as Māori were assimilated into the colonial world.”
To capture the rebirth of tā moko, Bradley captured two portraits of Māori individuals who have facial tattoos: one with a digital camera to show the tattoos as it looks in real life, and one with the wet plate collodion process to show the same subject without the tattoos.
Bradley’s 48 resulting photos (and the videos that accompany them) are currently being exhibited at the Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, through September 2nd, 2018. You can also find more of Bradley’s work on his website.
Image credits: Photographs by Michael Bradley and used with permission
Wet Plate Photography Makes Tattoos Disappear
Kanton DX35 is a Concept Machine for Easy At-Home Film Processing
One of the barriers to entry for people interested in trying film photography is the challenge of getting film processed. Finding a convenient lab can be tricky and pricey, and developing at home can be messy and laborious. Designer Thomas Müller thinks he has come up with a solution: an automatic film processing machine called the Kanton DX35.
The Kanton DX35 takes everything photographers use in the darkroom for film processing and shrinks it down into a tabletop machine that’s about the size of a laptop.
It’s a machine designed to support every step of the film development process without the photographer ever needing to be in the dark.
After shooting 35mm or 120 film, a photographer simply loads the film into the special film container used by the machine, which handles unwinding the roll in complete darkness.
Settings and controls are configured/operated through a dial and screen in the bottom left corner of the machine.
After specifying the type of film you’re developing, the photographer starts the system and is guided through the process.
The photographer pours each chemical into the film container, and a countdown on the screen shows how much time is remaining the bath is done. The Kanton DX35 precisely controls the temperature of each bath and handles film agitation for consistent results.
Once each step is done, each chemical is poured back into its bottle before the user moves onto the next one.
After all the baths are completed, the photographer can remove the developed film from the tank and digitize the photos. Here’s a step-by-step look at the Kanton DX35 process:
Here’s Müller description of his machine and his motivation for creating it:
Analog photography is getting more popular again nowadays at the same time as professional film services keeps disappearing. The only alternative is developing the negatives at home which can be time consuming and unreliable in the outcome, especially when it comes to color negatives. There is still an undeniable feeling to analog images which makes them worth preserving in a digital era. Having faced the struggle of using DIY solutions on my own I developed a device which precisely heats both film and chemicals while making a bulky dark room unnecessary. It consists of a base station with heating elements, the user interface, three clearly labeled bottles and a developer tank. The film can be put inside the tank during bright daylight and is winded onto a reel inside automatically thus simplifies the developing process tremendously. The project is still ongoing while I am in contact with possible investors.
Müller’s design was a winner at the 2017 Core77 Design Awards.
The Kanton DX35 is only a concept design for now, but you can sign up for updates through Müller’s website to be notified if he takes any further steps toward bringing the machine to market.
There are also other machines out there that may not be as elegant as the Kanton DX35, but they’re real and functional. One of them, The Filmomat, makes things even easier for photographers: it pumps each chemical bath in and out of the film processing take, resulting in a truly “set it and forget it” type of system. The Osiris F1 is another auto film processor that was set to launch in 2016 but has gone strangely quiet since.
Kanton DX35 is a Concept Machine for Easy At-Home Film Processing
3 Travel Vloggers Killed After Plunging Off Waterfall
Three popular Vancouver-based travel vloggers and social media influencers were killed this week in an accident in which they plunged off the Shannon Falls in British Columbia, Canada.
CBC reports that Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh, and Megan Scraper were at the falls on Tuesday when, according to witness reports, Scraper slipped and fell from the rocks above the falls and into the strong current. Gamble and Lyakh then both reportedly jumped into the water themselves to save their friend, but all three were then swept off the waterfalls, plunging nearly 100 feet (30m) to their deaths.
All three people were members of High On Life, a travel blogging collective that has an enormous presence on social media, boasting over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 1.1 million on Instagram. The members travel the world, getting paid to stay at luxury resorts, and share videos and photos online of their adventures.
Gamble and Lyakh made headlines for the wrong reasons a couple of years ago when they shared photos and videos of themselves and two other members walking on Yellowstone’s iconic Grand Prismatic Spring. The incident sparked outrage and investigation by authorities, and both men ended up being fined $2,000, sentenced to 7 days in jail, and banned from US Public Lands for 5 years.
Those who were outraged by the men’s actions then scoured their social media accounts for more illegal activities, reporting their findings to US authorities. This resulted in additional tickets for infractions in other parks such as Death Valley and Zion National Park.
Other members of High On Life have posted a message as a tribute to their three friends:
The group has also launched a GoFundMe fundraising campaign for a memorial service for the trio.
Image credits: Header photos by High On Life via GoFundMe
3 Travel Vloggers Killed After Plunging Off Waterfall
This Waterfall Photo Was Lit by Headlamps
Photographer Carley Nelson was backpacking at the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon last weekend when she asked her friends to point their headlamps at the falls while she captured a long-exposure photo. This is what resulted.
Using her Nikon D5300 DSLR and a fisheye lens at ISO 3200 and f/2.8, Nelson captured a 25-second exposure and had her friends illuminate the waterfall with their headlamps for 10 seconds during the exposure. This allowed her to properly expose both the starry night sky in the background and the waterfall in the foreground.
“Friends who will stand in the cold mist of a waterfall at night and hold completely still to help you get this shot… those are some good friends,” Nelson writes.
“This was the second attempt, and I stopped after 2 because it’s a little difficult to get 7 people to be in sync!” Nelson tells PetaPixel. You can find more of her work on Instagram.
Image credit: Photograph by Carley Nelson and used with permission
This Waterfall Photo Was Lit by Headlamps
Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist
Jeff Mermelstein’s photographic practice of making presumably private text conversations public by photographing people’s phones while they are texting and then posting the results on Instagram has made a splash recently. Of course the highlight that ran in Business Insider was framed as a question in a PetaPixel article: is Mermelstein’s practice ethically sound?
First, I think it’s important to note who Jeff Mermelstein actually is: a photography giant who has influenced generations of Garry Winogrand’s disciples with his work. He’s faculty at the International Center of Photography in New York, which would also suggest some level of thought is going into this enterprise. He’s not some dick with an iPhone 6 chasing a runaway gimmick.
Mermelstein is a photographer’s photographer for the “In-Public” set. His photography of other people’s publicly visible smartphone text conversations, from the mundane to the scandalous, is made on New York’s sidewalks and subways, and if not aesthetically, it is very much in the spirit of not only his seminal photobook, Sidewalk, but of a whole strain of street photography. It’s a series that gives insight from a master about where to look if you really want to capture the essence of our society today.
Just like everything else in this age, it’s never been easier or more direct to reveal something about a person’s immediate state through photography — instead of getting at how people are feeling and expressing themselves by reading into the subtleties of urban movement and human interaction we now can go right to the source these days and get the goods wholesale — they’re spelling it out in a new way that is utterly universal.
The impulse to reveal something true about someone by just pointing a camera at them, by just being there with them, close enough to take their picture, is the spirit of wide swaths of the street photography genre. There is perhaps an unspoken faith street photographers have that their work will somehow reflect the current zeitgeist by its inherent nature but this doesn’t always bear out. Jeff Mermelstein seems to be the only one concentrating on accumulating the most relevant cultural artifacts of our time.
The arguments against Jeff Mermelstein’s work (see this PetaPixel article and its comments) seem to be on grounds of privacy, which should be part of a larger nuanced questioning on the ethics of shooting street that many wrestle with already. There is I believe a knee-jerk reaction to this series simply because it goes so far in pushing the boundaries of an art form and documentary practice. It’s also likely being conflated with the serious privacy exploits of digital institutions like Google, Facebook, and Apple.
But back to the merits of the work beyond the displaced bashing it received. I’ve secretly thought to myself for awhile now that many of the most talented people working in the genre today are missing something fundamental about life on the streets of the 21st century, and that Jeff Mermelstein is the only one who’s found it. Many of us might as well be out there trying to remake Jeff’s 1990s era work, using cameras from that time even. Jeff Mermelstein, the legendary street photographer who of course shot his classic stuff on film Leicas, is now making this important work about a smartphone society with his smartphone and it’s searing.
One thing the active street photographers here in New York City love is that we get to share the streets with Jeff Mermelstein, even if he sometimes seems aloof or (I’m projecting here) borderline freaked out when we cross his path and take a photo of him (the universal street photographer’s show of affection to other street photographers). We sometimes share the photographs we’ve taken of Jeff in the wild when we’re all together in a digital backroom somewhere — Jeff stalking the streets like an alien investigating unknown lifeforms, following his oversized cellphone in perfect traction — and we have a laugh, always well-meant. O sweet brush with greatness!
If there’s any mischievous feeling of having caught the old man at his own game when we get a candid snap of him the reality is as cold as a wet duck. The truth may be that Jeff Mermelstein is the only one doing real work in New York right now and that we’re chasing his old dragons while he’s got his sights on what’s really going on.
Twenty years, fifty years, a hundred down the line, whose photographs will they go to to map the psyche of this generation?
About the author: Frank Multari is a photographer in New York and a member of the NYC Street Photography Collective. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can see his work on his site and on Instagram. This article was also published here.
Image credits: Header photo of Jeff Mermelstein at work by Frank Multari
Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist
Hugo Goes Back to Its German Roots
As more and more creatives flock to Berlin to become a part of its bustling artistic community, German brands are aptly looking at their own roots for inspiration. People describe it similarly to Paris in the 1920s and ’30s, when prominent painters and writers saw the city as a home base and new artistic frontier. So last night, Hugo Boss showed the HUGO Spring/Summer 2019 men’s and women’s collections at Motorwerk, a warehouse outside of Berlin that once …
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16 of the Best Apps for Landscape Photography
In this article, I’ll share my top 16 favorite apps that I use almost every time I have to plan a photography session, a photo trip, or a complex spot with a long hike in the mountain to get there.
What’s one thing almost every photographer has on their person every time they shoot? A smartphone. Smartphones can act as fully-featured photography assistants that are capable of helping you capture the best possible shots with your dedicated camera. This post isn’t an in-depth review or a guide for every single app. I just wanted to make a list of the apps that I use the most for all sorts of situations, from editing photos to performing in-depth location scouting and calculations in the field.
Note: I’m not getting paid by any of these companies to promote their apps. These are simply apps I find useful for my workflow.
The most complete suite to plan your shooting sessions
PhotoPills is my favorite app ever. It’s an awesome and very robust app with tons of features, especially for landscape photographers. PhotoPills can help organize your planning, including saving and sharing your plans and managing locations.
You’ll get access to plenty of info about the sun and moon to be in the right place at the right time with just the right lighting. It also includes augmented reality for viewing the position and path of the sun, moon, and Milky Way.
PhotoPills can also help you to calculate exposures, depth of field, and compute the parameters need for time-lapse sequences. This app is a MUST for every landscape photographer, and that’s why it occupies the first place on my personal list of the Best Apps for Landscape Photography!
Brings Sun Tracking to a New Dimension
The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a very popular app that allows you to plan landscape photography shots by showing you the position of the sun and moon. The original app allowed you to see the direction of the sun or moon at any point in the day from a given location (more or less the same functionality as Photo Pills). The brand new 3D version is a game changer and it will let you see how the light itself falls onto the topographical landscape.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D, allows users to watch a sunrise or sunset from the future. You can view land anywhere in the world in 3D and watch the light fall onto it as it will in real life. The new app also offers the ability to watch the stars in 3D movement. So, finding the Milky Way and keeping it in your sights will be a breeze. As will tracking sunset shots behind mountains. So in TPE3D you navigate to the area you are interested in by swiping, pinching, etc., and then place a ‘marker’. You can then double-click on the marker to get a view at ground level (and if you’re slightly wrong, you can “walk” your viewpoint around to get a better vantage point).
Along the bottom of the picture, there is a strip that shows the current time, the elevation of the sun and the moon and some markers to show sunrise, sunset, moonrise, etc. You can swipe this left to change the time and the sun will move around in the picture and show the landscape lit correctly including shadows. Absolutely one of the best apps for landscape photography I ever used.
The app is not perfect of course, the detail of the top and overlaid satellite imagery in Google Earth is light years better, but it is not intended to be used in this way. In my view, it is best used when you already have an idea of where you want to shoot, but you want to better visualize how the light will land on the landscape prior to your shoot, or find out exactly where the milky way will be in relation to the landscape. This app has become an indispensable tool in my planning kit, I highly recommend it!
Download the app: iOS
Instant weather forecast and rain radar for your location
Weather & Radar is one of the most comprehensive free weather apps available. The app delivers current, hourly and 8-day forecasts from million locations around the world. You have an accurate radar, wind, temperature, alerts, pressure, humidity and rain: probability, quantity, duration.
The weather for your location is instantly displayed with the weather forecast, rain radar or weather radar. Looking at the weather forecast for the next hours and days, you can instantly see if there will be rain or sunshine. Swipe to the left underneath the radar to see the weather outlook for the coming hours and days.
The weather radar shows you where the sun is shining at the moment, or where it is cloudy. you can also see where it is raining, snowing or hailing, and where there is currently thunder and lightning. The extensive details provided by the weather radar also include temperature information. Using the search function you can easily find every location and it will automatically be added to your favorites and called up directly. When you tap on the weather radar it will display in a fullscreen view.
Locate dark sites where the sky will not be affected by light pollution
Light Pollution Map allows you to easily locate dark sites where the sky will not be affected by light pollution, allowing the best observance, star gazing, and photography of the night sky.
The map automatically locates you via GPS, and you can find locations with an easy search. Or just look around the map! It’s easy to save your favorite dark sites, just push and hold a spot on the map and click the save button. Is the light pollution map overlay too much? You can adjust the opacity to your liking! The map also features an easy to use legend, so you can be sure you are getting the darkest skies possible for star gazing or night time photography.
Also included is information on the Moon, such as the Moon’s phase, moonrise time, and moonset time! And guess what? That moon information is not only good for the current day but any day in the future!
Note: Free version is ad-supported, has lower resolution/accuracy, and does not allow you to save your favorite locations. Free version also has limited zoom levels. Upgrade to the pro version in-app for a very small fee to remove ads and unlock all pro features.
You have both the desktop and mobile version.
The names of all mountains and peaks with a 360° panorama display
The Dolomites are my favorite place to shoot, and this app helps me to learn step-by-step a lot of the peaks’ names. Peak Finder gives you a 360° panoramic view identifying mountains nearby and further afield (up to 300km). The app works offline with GPS, so no mobile data required. You simply launch the app, point your phone towards your desired direction and Peak Finder will identify the mountains and hills in front of you.
I’ve been using Peak Finder for three years and I’m really impressed. The app fires up quickly and dependent on how fast GPS works on your phone, the app usually finds your location within a few seconds. With all apps that require GPS, occasionally you might have to calibrate your phone.
The rendering of the landscape drawing is sharp and it is easy to pick out mountain peaks and ridges.
NiSi Filters App makes it easy to shoot long exposure photography
The NiSi Filters ND Calculator App is the most intuitive neutral density calculator I have used. This app is designed to calculate your image exposures. The idea is you can set the shutter speed you’re by a meter reading without any filter on the lens, the ND filter gradation that you are planning to use, and from there you can calculate what the shutter speed would be if you added the ND filter chosen. It’s a very straightforward and very intuitive process.
I could use the specific function within PhotoPills app (below on the right, the interface in PhotoPills), but I prefer the simplicity of the minimalistic controls in the NiSi app and help me to be a bit faster on the field.
The ultimate smartphone camera remote control app
A Wi-Fi–enabled DSLR or mirrorless camera, paired with a smartphone or tablet, offers several advantages, such as wireless transfer of images, the ability to review shots on a screen larger than the LCD on the camera body, remote shutter control, and other features. All of that requires good software, and too often the manufacturer’s efforts are basic or unreliable.
In my case, Fujifilm has a terrible mobile app to control X-Series cameras, bad Wi-Fi connection performance, problems with synching images between camera and smartphone, and so on. Fujifilm, I love your cameras from the bottom of my heart, but what are you waiting to make the app up to expectations?
Cascable 3 (available only for iOS) is the better alternative that adds features many of the camera companies don’t. It’s available for free with a limited but solid set of capabilities. An in-app purchase adds Cascable Pro features.
Even better is the ability to adjust the image settings from the app itself. Tweak shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation using easy to use controls. Tap on the screen to set the camera’s focus point. You can display a live histogram to help you avoid over- or under-exposing areas and a focus peaking option highlights sharp areas in red to aid in getting your focus correct (especially helpful when shooting in the camera’s manual focus mode, although then you need to be near the camera to adjust the lens manually). Definitely one of the best apps for landscape photography.
Download the app: iOS
A responsive image-editing app with a range of useful tone-adjusting presets and photo sharing community
This is the “go-to app” I use to give a look to the BTS shots captured with my smartphone before I share them on social networks like Instagram or Facebook. The user interface of VSCO is very minimal, in spite of having a large number of tools, with a wide range of gorgeous filters inspired by film look. The main menu is easily accessible as you can swipe to the right, across the screen. In this menu, you have access to different features and areas within the app.
The Visual Supply Company is well-known for their sets of Adobe Lightroom presets — for Windows and Mac — that mimic specific kinds of film, like Kodak Portra 160, Fujifilm Xperia 400, and Ilford HP5. Most of the presets in VSCO for iOS have a similar film look, but, unlike the desktop packs, don’t reference specific films. They come in families with cryptic names like M or C — M, VSCO says, is a set of “moody” and “underexposed” filters numbering M1–M3, while C is both “vibrant” and “classic” in C1–C3, and “chromatic” in C4–C9.
C1-C9 and M1-M6 are my favorite series of presets. The first one has a Teal & Orange flavor, while the second one is more suitable for muted tones (like forests, foliage, mountain landscapes, etc…).
VSCO is a brilliant photo editing, sharing and camera app. You can create quality and subtle edits using this app. Even though VSCO camera doesn’t have different modes like the stock iPhone camera app, you still have access to manual features for better control. Also, you have a platform where you can discover and share photos. The community is brilliant and it is a great place to discover new talents and get inspired.
The editing solution for the cloud-based workflow
Lightroom CC is a brand new application that works across all platforms: desktop, web, and mobile. The new software offers nearly all of the same editing features we’re used to, but with an entirely new organizational structure reliant upon the cloud. There are so many photo and camera apps, and all work pretty much the same: Take an ordinary smartphone photo and jazz it up with colorful filters. You know the names (in this article I mentioned VSCO and Snapseed).
Lightroom CC takes the darkroom approach to photography. Instead of primarily adding colorful filters to dramatically alter the look of the image, you adjust the things photographers care most about: exposure, shadows, blacks, whites and color balance, as well as cropping, curve adjustments, split toning, HSL color panel.
Editing on the mobile app is free, but you won’t get Adobe Sensei, web galleries and selective editing. But you’ll still get a decent set of high-quality tools for making adjustments, and an app with a superb sense of focus, rather than throwing as many tools at the wall as possible to see what sticks. It comes with 1 terabyte of storage yearly as part of the subscription price.
The most powerful and intuitive “On the go photo editing app”
Load a photo into Snapseed and it first resembles any me-too one-click filter tool, with you prodding a thumbnail to update the look of your pic. And even if that’s all you download it for, it’s a good choice, because the presets are pretty great. As an editor, Snapseed excels. The range of tools is wide, covering the basics (tune, crop, rotate, heal and vignette), adding pro-level stuff (curves, DNG support, precision masking, perspective), and enabling you to be properly creative (double exposure, frames, text and grunge overlays).
Working with tools is wonderfully tactile, with you dragging up and down to select a property and then left or right to adjust an effect’s strength. Best of all, you can visit your edit stack and amend any of your previous steps at any point – everything you do in Snapseed is non-destructive. The big plus over Lightroom CC, it’s totally FREE!
Countless routes for all sorts of Outdoor activities
What makes this app one of the best apps for landscape photography? GPSies lists countless routes for all sorts of Outdoor activities. Using various search parameters of the request, the tour can gradually narrow down. In the App, the selected path is displayed in color, and the Track appears in a different color.
The great, free tour community GPSies has provided for each of the matching Track to bearing, he invested a little time in the search.
With GPSies you can view and download tracks which have been recorded by a GPS device. Whether you are searching for running courses or hiking tracks, with GPSies you can see what tracks others have recorded. And you can download all the tracks and put them onto your GPS device so you won’t lose your way.
It’s a very useful app when I have to scout some location in the Dolomites or difficult spots where a mid-long hiking is needed.
The best hiking app all around. Find trails, plot routes, and download info for offline use
Why it’s on my personal list of the Best Apps for Landscape Photography? Terra Map is the app to satisfy all my hiking’s needs. You will be able to download the best topo maps and enjoy your new outdoor season. Press the RECORD button, put the phone in your pocket and record your day. Amazingly clear maps, thanks to the Retina technology usage. Easy to use user interface. You can download maps (for FREE, no additional purchase is required) on the device, to be used later without any internet connection. Topo Maps for US, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, Oceania (the whole world.).
Share tracks, tours, markers and photos in various formats (KMZ, KML, GPX). Share your track together with all the photo taken along in one single file. Store an unlimited number of tracks, tours, and markers. Optimized battery usage with battery monitoring. Store your track without the need for cellular data or phone signal. Customize your Marker’s icon and Track’s color. Switch between Map display modes (Offline, Satellite, Roads) and different map coloring. Customize the map selecting the information to be displayed. Measure distances on the map. Load any track, tour and marker from internet communities (KMZ, KML, GPX even if zipped). Search objects around you and around a point selected on the map. Search world places by name. Graph of the elevation profile. Graph of speed and pace.
The new mode will greatly extend your display; you will have the details you need for a safe navigation seamlessly integrated with a large overview area. Using this new mode you will see a map 64 times larger than the standard mode without losing any detail in the center part of the screen. Terra Map lets you download for FREE the best topo maps with elevation contours, trails, huts, parks, etc.and all it is necessary to enjoy your best outdoor experience and no additional purchase is required. You can download the maps at home within your device and then use them without any Internet connection need.
The effective battery duration depends on the battery condition, the temperature, other apps currently running in background mode, and the device usage. Like any GPS, the signal quality can vary very much depending on the amount of visible sky, foliage, weather condition, etc. GPS is not reliable indoors. The continuous GPS usage, also in the background, can drastically reduce the battery life.
The free app-based GPS navigation with its robust location database and smooth interface
No matter if you’re planning your next photo road trip or you’re scouring the city streets looking for the perfect viewpoint, Google Maps is the most valuable tool to add to your arsenal for finding the perfect photography location.
While planning a trip from home, you have much more time to explore the area in a virtual capacity instead of being out there with boots on the ground. Nothing can compare with actually being there, but the tools available to you are getting better every day and the ability to nearly frame your shot is a real time saver. Time to turn the volume on your pre-visualization up to 11. It may seem obvious, but for me, Google Maps App is without any doubt one of the apps for landscape photography and I couldn’t live without it.
Another incredible tool integrated into Google Maps is My Maps that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing. I can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps. Moreover, I can also have layers and customize the items in each layer with uniform styles and having labels for the name or description. There are many different objects you can have as your points, such as the town point, accommodation point, bus point, car park or a hut points. You can change the color of anything and change the thickness as well.
Fly over a virtual globe and view the Earth through high-resolution graphics and satellite images
Good old Google Earth. If you’ve spent any time near a computer in the last decade or so you’ve probably played with Google Earth, but did you also know you can also use it on your phone?
Google Earth is an incredibly useful tool for scouting out locations from afar. It allows you to easily see buildings, geological features, and other areas that might be of interest to you in planning a shoot. Google Earth uses a very simple interface that you’re probably already familiar with. There’s not much of a learning curve here. Just download the app, start getting the lay of the land, and get ready to shoot away.
I would typically use Photo Pills in conjunction with Google Earth to understand how the light and shadows would look on the mountains, but Google Earth’s representation leaves something to be desired as well. Anyway, it’s a fantastic tool that I love to use and which is a perfect choice that complements the TPE 3D app, and with Google Maps it’s one of the best apps for landscape photography.
The simplest and most elegant cloud storage and file-syncing services
Google Drive is my favorite app for images and documents storage and file-syncing. I use it intensively to store images master files, documents about planning and custom google maps, images sharing with photo magazines and web magazine, to backup my smartphone data, and so on. It gives you access to your files from nearly anywhere.
You can install Google Drive on virtually any computer or mobile device. Dozens of apps integrate easily with it, too, making it highly versatile. Google Drive is much more than just a cloud-based storage and syncing service. It also excels at letting you create, edit, store, and collaborate on documents. The service is truly impressive in just how far it goes to help you create and edit files, whether you’re working solo or as part of a team.
Compatibility is rarely an issue with Google Drive: You can upload files, convert them to Google’s file format to edit them online—or create new documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations in the Web interface—and export the finished products to standard file formats, such as .doc, .rtf, .pdf, and so on. With the recently introduced Microsoft Office plugin for Google Drive, you can now use your Google Drive as storage for files you edit with the installed Microsoft Office apps, removing any chance of incompatibility. The first 15GBs are free!
Input, organize, and protect your camera gear
Professional landscape photographers travel a lot and one of the most important thing when you are on the road, or before to running a photographic tour, is the gear inventory. Manage your gear in the proper manner is a crucial part of the photographer’s life. My Gear Vault is an app designed to let you catalog all of your photography equipment in one location. You add data, images and serial numbers for all your cameras, lenses and other items via the app so in the event of a theft or loss you have all the insurance-relevant information you need in one place.
With My Gear Vault, users can search through the app’s illustrated database of contemporary digital gear and assign those items to virtual “kits” along with the serial number of each item. The list of cameras, lenses, and accessories in the app is exhaustive, but you won’t find your precious analog Leica or medium format cameras there. For older or unique items, My GearVault has a manual input option that allows users to photograph their more novel equipment and record serial number information.
About the author: Andrea Livieri is a photographer based in Venice, Italy. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.
16 of the Best Apps for Landscape Photography