5 Photography Apps for the iPad

We recently explored Ten Fun (and FREE) Photo Apps for the iPhone and while many (if not all) apps these days jump back and forth between the two Apple touch screen siblings, it's time to turn our attentions to the younger, larger brother. The iPad. What's interesting to note, when talking about photography on the iPad, is that it's always been a fantastic photo viewing screen, and is growing in popularity for on-the-go editing and cataloging. Yet, with the release of iPad 2 last March, now there's a Camera on board (two, in fact), which means not only can you edit and share your pics on the tablet's shiny display, but also snap a few. The caveat here, of course, is how awkward it is taking pictures, which is probably why many people are not using the iPad 2 for picture taking.

Regardless, as we explore iPad photography apps, it seems important to draw a distinction between the iPhone apps, which primarily seem to be driving by literal snapping shots, and the iPad / iPad 2, which seems to mainly be an editing machine. And now, in no particular order, our apps:

HDR photography is all the rage these days. Personally I think we're all suckers (in the good way!) for bright, stylized, detail-rich imagery. Call it eye-candy. Yet, sometimes we didn't have time (or the right tools) to properly get the wild, artistic shots we intended. Enter 100 Cameras In 1 -- iPad edition, a super fun app which retails for less than $4, and gives users over 100 different camera effects, some of which allow you to get that great HDR-look. With over 300 5-star reviews in the iTunes App Store, 100 Cameras in 1 is affordable, easy to use, and fun. The only caveat, it seems, is the 2000 x 2000 resolution limitation, but let's be honest, how often do you share full-res photos with friends and family?

REQUIREMENTS: iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.

For those in need of a simple to use, on-the-go editor , check out Photogene for iPad. Cropping, resizing, sharpness, color curves and saturation adjustments are just a handful of the available tools and effects. This program allows you to edit photos as well as compile them for collages, share with friends and family on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and if you make a few mistakes? No worries, there's a way to undo and redo just about anything. Also retailing for $3.00, Photogene for iPad has over 1,400 5-star reviews in the app store.

REQUIREMENTS: iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.

Tired of hardwiring your iPad to another device to sync up all your photos? Then PhotoSync might be the perfect tool for you. It allows users to share photos between all your devices, including computers, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, or upload them to the net for sharing on Dropbox, Flickr, or an FTP-server. With over 180 5-star reviews in the app store, PhotoSync is RAW + JPEG friendly and even allows any computer on your Wi-Fi network to look at photos via a web browser. Lastly, if you're Wi-Fi is down, no problem; it runs on Bluetooth as well! Definitely a must have iPad app.

REQUIREMENTS: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad with iOS 4.2 or later.

FREE really is the best price for an app because even if it's terrible, you didn't waste any hard-earned greenbacks in the process. Here we have a feature-filled editing software, with such tools as Rotate, Resize, Color Swap, and Crop. Users can also adjust color, contrast, tine, saturation, and remove unwanted Red Eye. It's not a perfect app for everyone (I've heard it strips EXIF data from images), but with its price and over 630 5-star reviews, why not give it a shot and see if it works for you?

REQUIREMENTS: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad with iOS 4.0 or later.

Here's something a little different, for the comic book / serialized adventure fan in us all. This $1.99 Universal app has over 380 5-star reviews in the app store, and it allows users to turn any photo into a pulp comic book frame, complete with text graphics. Customizing choices include "27 paper styles, nine built-in layouts, two caption styles, six different speech balloon styles, 24 stamps, and the ability to choose from three fonts." I'd love to see some of these comic panels up on Steve's Facebook page!

REQUIREMENTS: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad with iOS 3.2 or later.