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Top 10 Best Apple iPhone Apps For Landscape Photographers

David Clapp recommends ten top apps for the Apple iPhone.

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Here are 10 top iPhone apps recommended by landscape photographer David Clapp, they are not all necessarily photography related but cover mapping, weather, photography fun and travel! Best of all, to get all of them it will only cost a total of £7.27.

For mapping:

Memory-Map - free

Memory-Map Free turns your iPhone into an outdoor GPS and allows you to navigate with Ordnance Survey and many other full colour topo maps, marine and aviation charts:
  • Ultra-fast dynamic map scrolling
  • Map data is stored on the phone and may be used without a phone signal
  • Topo Starter Pack including your choice of OS Landranger & OS Explorer maps
  • See your GPS position, course and tracklog on a moving map
  • Trip computer records time, distance and average speed
  • Upload, download or email GPX routes and tracklogs
  • Buy and download additional topo maps directly through your iPhone
  • Automatically downloads free base maps of your current location
  • Compass Bearing displayed with iPhone 3GS compass sensor
  • ‘Search and display’ place name index
  • Add POIs/Marks directly to the map
  • OS Grid, Lat/Long, or UTM grid display


The Photographers Ephemeris - £5.49

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan outdoor photography shoots, particularly landscape and urban scenes.

It is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, be it day or night, for any location on earth.

Advanced features including visual sun and moon search, automatic time zone and elevation detection, correction for atmospheric refraction and height above the horizon, ensuring that you have the best possible information for planning your shoot.

You can even determine when the sun or moon will be visible behind nearby hills and mountains.

TPE desktop version has been a favourite of photographers around the world for over a year. Now you can carry it with you.






Met Office - free

As the UK’s national meteorological service, the Met Office provides the most accurate and reliable weather forecasts on TV and radio, in print, and online. Now, you can get their forecasts wherever you go with the Met Office iPhone application.

  • 5-day forecasts
  • National severe weather alerts
  • Daily national and regional weather maps
  • UK rainfall radar and satellite imagery
  • Save and access your favourite locations





Photography fun:



Tilt Shift Generator - £0.59

This is the 5th release from the ToyCamera series and this software will allow you to create retro miniature pictures.

By adjusting various parameters, it allows you to apply many ToyCamera effects on your pictures: from miniature pictures to vintage styles images.

It is an indispensable app for all the ones who like fashionable ToyCamera style pictures.

With TiltShiftGenerator you'll also be able to take a simple photo and adjust the details of each picture taken with camera apps such as my ToyCamera.

Originally, it was published as a free web service and AIR app. Now the awaited iPhone version has finally been released.





Hipstamatic - £1.19

The Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of the past! The Hipstamatic keeps the quirks of shooting old school but gives you the ability to swap lenses, film, and flash settings all with the swipe of a finger.

You can swap lenses, flashes and films for hundreds of different effects as well as instantly share your best prints to Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr.

Characterised by vignettes, blurring, over saturation and discolored images, Hipstaprints have a casual and seemingly accidental snapshot feel.

Pictures taken with the Hipstamatic have their very own look and unique character. Artistic and painted with light and quirk, Hipstamatic images are sometimes surprising and offer a delicate beauty turning any iPhone into an instant art making machine.



Pencil Illusion - free

Pencil illusion is a camera application that lets you process photos in real-time, previewing and taking amazing pictures with pencil, chalk and emboss filters.
  • Filters - pencil, chalk and emboss
  • Effect - horizontal mirror and
  • pixelization
  • Mask - cork board and bricks
Not sure what combination you want? Press the dice button and the app will choose for you. You can even use the front camera to take an interesting self portrait.




PSExpress - free

Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you quickly edit and share photos from your iPhone. Choose from a variety of one-touch effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to crop, rotate, or adjust colour. Add artistic filters like Soft Focus or Sketch. You can undo and redo changes until you get just the look you want.

Top editing features:
  • Basics: Crop, Straighten, Rotate, and Flip
  • Colour: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White, and Contrast
  • Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus, and Sharpen
  • Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Border, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, and Soft Black and White
  • Borders: Rectangle, Rounded, Oval, Soft Edge, Vignette, Rough Edge, Halftone, and Film Emulsion





RAC Traffic - free

RAC Traffic show incidents, delays and roadworks for the whole UK, including Central London, England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.

RAC Traffic will allow you to check unplanned road incidents and delays at anytime, and view any problems textually, or displayed on a Google map. Using the location service built in to your iPhone, RAC Traffic will show the nearest traffic problem to you, or by choosing a region you are interested in, the nearest traffic in that region.

View by region or current location and zoom in to traffic problems using the text to read the actual problem and decide how you want to avoid the incident. Use the in-built Google map to look at options to avoid any trouble and carry on with your journey, stress free. Scroll around the map and switch to map-mode for a full screen view of incidents around the UK.




Around Me - free

AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings.

How many times have you found yourself in need of finding the closest petrol station?

AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest bank, bar, petrol station, hospital, hotel, movie theatre, restaurant, supermarket, theatre and taxi.
AroundMe shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are.

For every listing you can choose to see its location on a map, view the route from where you are, add the information to your contact list or even email the information to a friend.
The Nearby listing allows you to find information using Wikipedia about what is around you.




The Train Line - free

Using The Train Line App you can plan journeys, viewing train times and fares for all national routes, book tickets on your iPhone as well as buying repeat journeys easily.

Getting your tickets is easy. Once you've bought your tickets, your collection reference is displayed on screen and stored in your purchase history.

You can collect your ticket from any self service ticket machine, it doesn’t even have to be the station your travelling from.



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