Seven valuable iPad apps for photographers

Photographers of all levels—from professional to hobbyist—eagerly embraced the iPhone as a powerful shooting, sharing, and editing device: the sheer number of photography apps available for the iPhone and iPod touch is overwhelming. The iPad, however, has proven to be less popular as a device for the snap-happy crowd.

There are a few logistical reasons for that, starting with the iPad's size and weight. Lifting the larger device to take photos is far less convenient. Perhaps more importantly, the rear camera's resolution is less than a megapixel (a mere, and somewhat ridiculous, 0.7 megapixel) compared to the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera. But that doesn’t mean the iPad can't enjoy a predominant place as a photographic tool. Its larger screen facilitates easier photo editing, better photo display, plenty of light, and more.

Here are seven apps that take advantage of the iPad’s interface and size, and turn it into a productive photography tool (click on any of the images below for a larger view).

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Four ways to shoot night portraits

Oh, what a night it was. The stars were twinkling, the owls were hooting, and your date looked marvelous. Too bad your photos of the evening look like you are snowmen in a blackout.

Night portraiture is tricky because there are a lot of things to think about—exposure, flash, camera shake, and color balance are just the tip of the underexposed iceberg.

Most modern cameras have settings to help you take great nighttime photos, so why do some photos turn out great while others look like blurry or bright garbage? To help understand what is going on inside the camera in the dark of the night, I took my Nikon D-90 and my friend Peter Cochrane to San Francisco’s City Hall to try to take the best night portrait shots possible.

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How and where to get feedback on your photos

The great folly of expensive cameras is that they don’t take amazing pictures by themselves. Naturally, new photographers will want to hone their craft to translate their creative vision though the lens. But after combing through the instruction manual, the only way to tap into your inner artistic genius is practice, practice, practice. Getting constructive feedback from strangers and professionals is a great way to take your photo composition techniques to the next level, and the Internet is chock full of places where strangers enthusiastically give their (free!) opinion. While sometimes you get what you pay for, the right kind of critique can really give you insight. Here’s a guide on where to go to get constructive criticism on your new camera’s snapshots, and how to play nice with others seeking the same.

Where to get feedback on your photos

There are informational sites and community forums for every kind of photography one could ever be interested in. Of course the typical photo sharing sites will elicit comments from friends and family, but if you’re looking for more technical (and less biased) feedback, try these places.

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