iPad Photo Editing Apps & Photography Resources | The Best

Using iPad in Business

iPad photo editing is one of the things that makes it such a great tool for professional and amateur photographers. Here we dive into the top 3 best of the best ipad photo editing apps and some of the best photography learning resources…

The photo editing apps, along with the iPad camera connection kit and the portability of the iPad itself all make for the perfect tool to load up photos and then do the following:

  • Edit them in multiple ways
  • Share them via Email, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Create a slideshow
  • Do a presentation
  • Show them on the bigscreen
  • Hold the first-ever iPad Art Show

Photography Planning

I want to point out two great resources in case you want to learn more about photography in general.  Head over to Darren Rowses’ Digital Photography School and hang out there for awhile. You will learn something new each day. Even if you know a lot about photography this is a great resource.

And if you want to have a great photography resource loaded right on your iPad then you might want to check out Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet iPad app.  This is like having your own personal photography instructor right there with you.  He takes over 30+ years of professional photography and packs it into an amazing app for $8.99.

Here is a post that I wrote which goes into how you can transfer your photos from your iPhone to your iPad via WiFi or Bluetooth and here are some great iPad Photo Tips and Tricks.

If you are an outdoor photographer then you will most definitely want to check out LightTrac ($5.99).  This is a tool you can use to find when and where the light is perfect to shoot your subjects outdoors at any location.  You can even find locations ahead of time with the sun & moon elevation/angle feature. Include real-time maps and azimuth chart.

The Top 3 iPad Photo Editing Apps

Now. On to those apps.  Grab a cup of coffee or a drink or a beverage of your choice and enjoy.  These are not in any particular order, rather they are just the top 5 rated photo editing apps currently available.

Photo fx Ultra ($5.99)

Photo fx Ultra

This has a definitive set of optical filters you can use for your photos.  This app is for amateur as well as professional photographers.  It has a visual work flow and easily accessible tools.  Here are a few of the multiple features:

  • 68 filters organized into 7 different groups
  • Over 800 presets
  • 65 different color or black and white film looks
  • Realistic Diffusion
  • Natural lighting effects using over 117 patterns
  • 27 Grain presets
  • Supports resolutions up to 3072 pixels
  • Edit in portrait or landscape mode
  • Integrated help system

Filterstorm ($2.99)


Filterstorm is a professional photography editing application that uses a very intuitive editing system designed specifically for touch-based interfaces.  The developers designed this to be a contender for one of the best photo editing apps used by professional photographers.  And judging by the comments they delivered!  Here are some of the features:

  • Apply adjustments to entire image by brush or color range
  • Curves: Luminance, RGB
  • Edit brightness, color balance, saturation
  • B&W fine tuning
  • Vignetting
  • Sharpening
  • Clone Tool
  • Image straightening

In addition to the photo editing apps, Filterstorm also offers some really great ways to get transfer your photos from the iPad:

  • Send images through Email
  • Send images via FTP
  • Add IPTC Captioning to images sent through email or FTP

PhotoPal ($2.99)


This app looks a little “less than pro” but, it does have top ratings for editing and includes a pretty impressive set of features.  It is made to be very user-friendly and probably suits an amateur photographer very well.  I list it here because of the array of photo editing apps out for the iPad this is a current favorite.  Here are some of the features:

  • De-noise function to remove spots
  • Cropping
  • Exposure, color temperature
  • Hue, saturation, gamma, brightness, sharpen
  • Photo effects
  • Supports resolution up to 2300
  • Share photos via Email, Facebook, or Twitter (no FTP support)

Now you have some great resources for your photography learning needs and some of the best apps out to edit all your photos.  So what do you use to edit your photos? Have any unique ways you are using the iPad for your photography needs?

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