Best Free Apps for Outdoor Photoshoots

Most of us carry our phones with us wherever we go, it's a great place to keep all of the tools and devices that used to clutter up our camera bags. These are the applications you can use when photographing to ensure that you get home with the greatest possible photos.

(iOS) Pocket light meter or (Android) Light meter

Pocket Light Meter is a straightforward yet really handy app. It's a basic reflected light metre with a number of features that make it quite user-friendly. You may click to capture metre readings from different portions of the scene, and it features an easy-to-use settings slider that allows you to rapidly enter any two exposure values and it will compute the third for you.

There's also a handy log option that lets you keep track of your settings for shot planning. My favourite feature is that it measures colour temperature for white balancing, in addition to exposure.

While an app version of a light metre won't be as precise or have all of the features as a standalone metre like a Sekonic or other, I've found this app to be incredibly accurate and useful.

(iOS) Long exposure calculator or (Android) Exposure calculator

If you use neutral density filters for long exposure photography, you've almost certainly encountered scenarios where you need to calculate your shutter speed while wearing the ND filters. While you can figure out the proper exposure on your own, my concept of a photography evening does not include math. This useful programme will do the math for you, and it will not only give you the right shutter speed, but it will also set a timer to record the length.

The timer only works for shutter speeds longer than 10 seconds, but having the timer integrated right into the app is quite useful while shooting in Bulb mode.

(iOS) One note or (Android) One note

A excellent notes app may appear apparent, yet it is easy to ignore. Your notes app serves as a repository for all of the plans you've made with the planning tools listed above. You can send screenshots of map views and position data directly to your preferred notes app. 

On-site notes about settings and equipment, as well as things I wish to do differently next time, are helpful for future planning. I also retain packing lists for different types of shoots, hashtag sets to copy and use when publishing on social media, and recommendations for destinations from individuals I meet while travelling.

One Note is one of my preferred apps, since it syncs easily between my Huawei phone and my windows PC and the app allows me to search my notes and share notebooks with others. However, your preferred note-taking tool will suffice here; just make sure you use it to the best extent feasible to aid your photos.

(iOS) Microsoft translator or (Android) Microsoft translator

A good translation app is vital for the travelling photographer. This is just one of the numerous ways that the smartphone era has made travelling so much easier. While there are several decent translation applications out there, and the ideal one for any particular case depends on the language you're translating from and out of, Microsoft Translator is usually my go-to.

It can translate from speech or text and has a large number of language possibilities. It also includes the possibility of overlaying text with its translation using the smartphone camera, which is useful for signs and restaurant menus.