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Mobile tools for the wedding photographer

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Image editing

Although you’ll probably want to do the bulk of your editing on a computer, if you decide you want to send the newlyweds off with a small slideshow (see below) that they can take on their honeymoon, you or your assistant may want to do some quick corrections on a handful of images during the reception. There are countless imaging apps on the market and most photographers have their favorites — including me, as you’ll see below — so it’s possible that yours may not be included here.

Filterstorm Pro
$14.99*

This full-featured iOS program has all the critical components for making advanced adjustments using familiar tools such as curves, levels, clone, masks and even layers, to name just a few. Edits can be saved as Automations (actions), iOS-supported RAW files can be edited and IPTC data can be created, edited and saved. Batch processing, digital asset management and numerous export options round out Filterstorm Pro’s extraordinary feature set, priced at $14.99.

Filterstorm Neue, the Pro version’s less expensive sibling at $3.99, offers everything except batch processing and digital asset management tools. Either way, both are equipped with a powerful set of features that meet most image-editing needs. 

*As of 3/28/14 Filterstorm Pro is unavailable for download. According to its website, the app is being updated and rewritten. However, Filterstorm Neue is still available for download. 

Filterstorm Pro offers a huge array of basic and advanced image-editing features, from brightness and contrast sliders to curves, levels and layers.

Also check out: 

Athentech Perfectly Clear, $2.99 for iOS 7.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android 2.3.3 or later

Leonardo$4.99, iOS 5.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

Photo Editor by Aviary, free (plus $1.99 in-app options) for iOS 7.0 or later (iPad and iPhone), Android 2.3 or later or Windows Phone 8

Snapseed, free for iOS 5.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android 4.0 or later

Slideshows

Putting together a slideshow for your wedding clients prior to the bride and groom leaving the reception (if you have time) so they can take images with them on their honeymoon is a gesture that they’re sure to remember. But if you don’t have time, or don’t want to add any more stress to your day, then you can always create a slideshow as either a paid add-on or as a gift to the couple when you sit down with them for the sales presentation. Perhaps the two most popular, and capable, slideshow apps are Pro Show Web from Photodex and Animoto Video Maker. Both are subscription-based services, with free (albeit limited) options, but I think that ProShow Web offers a broader set of features and creative tools.

ProShow Web
$30-150 annual subscription

ProShow Web for Windows, Mac and iOS offers a broad array of features and customization, including the ability to set custom timing, add effects to captions and create your own slideshow themes. The latter is particularly important so you can create your own templates for a consistent look to your motion projects.

Of course, you have access to music tracks as well and images can be downloaded from Dropbox, Smugmug and 500px among other sites. ProShow Web allows Plus and Premium members to create videos as long as 20 minutes or 500 photos (free membership is restricted to 15 photos per show, for example). Start out with the free membership to get a feel for the software, but you may find that you’ll want to upgrade right away. Subscriptions range from $30 to $150 annually.

If you've ever used any of Photodex's desktop products, you know that this company is one of the best slideshow software developers around. With ProShow Web, you get advanced features, ease of use and plenty of templates (there are three dozen templates for weddings alone). Of course, you can create your own templates as well.

Also check out:

Animoto, prices start at $5/month to $500/year (with commercial licensing), for iOS 6.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android 2.2 or later

Comments

Total comments: 8
Mani1953
By Mani1953 (2 months ago)

very interesting ... hope i can improve my skill on this. Thanks DPR.

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Yaneck
By Yaneck (4 months ago)

this is a pretty light list of mobile tools for wedding photographers. It would also be nice to split between different platform iOS, Droid, and Windows phones, because not all apps are available on all platform

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James First 007
By James First 007 (6 months ago)

If your not using Apple, you are not a wedding photographer -:)

3 upvotes
jackspra
By jackspra (5 months ago)

Why?

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Bagshanty
By Bagshanty (2 months ago)

if you are using Apple you have succumbed to marketing hype over common sense

1 upvote
rkenedi
By rkenedi (6 months ago)

Another app to consider, if I may be so bold, is Impressed, where you can create hardcover photo books (with voice!) on your iPad. We're partnered with Pikto and ship to Canada and the US. http://imprsd.co/get-impressed

3 upvotes
Regueira Photo and Film
By Regueira Photo and Film (6 months ago)

This article should be named "Mobile tools for the APPLE wedding photographer"... thank you anyway, I just know what I will be missing cause I use Android.

4 upvotes
Simon80
By Simon80 (6 months ago)

The Paypal card reader is £99 in the UK

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Total comments: 8
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