Who doesn’t use their phone or tablet to capture images while traveling?  David Smith, a world travel & fine art photographer from Vancouver and our travel photography guest lecturer, shares his favorite picks for mobile apps for travel photos below.


  • For all devices, a Google company
  • Single tap auto correct
  • Tweak your photo with Tune Image
  • Enhance specific objects in your photos
  • Filters: Drama, Vintage, Grunge, & Tilt-Shift
  • Add image borders
  • Easy online sharing tools


  • A top photography app: respected smartphone photographers would not be shooting every day if not for Instagram’s vibrant and supportive community, and having a place to share everything they shoot and get instant feedback and comments.
  • It continues to change the world’s relationship with photography. It was recently acquired by Facebook, so watch for commercialization of this very popular app.


  • For tablets, either Mac or Pc
  • Produce collages
  • Cool filters
  • Free


  • A highly rated photo editing app
  • Create collages, write on a photo
  • Great for glamor photography effects
  • Free


  • Includes high-quality presets by well-known smartphone photographers
  • Frames
  • Textures
  • A “clarify” tool for equalizing an image’s exposure
  • Editing tools with precise controls

Cogitap Software apps

  • Cogitap Software has released a series of individual $1.99 apps for the iPhone and iPad, each of which gives a highly creative tool for capturing amazing travel photography just like a sophisticated camera does. The tools include slow shutter cam, burst mode high speed and night modes; and for the iPhone only, an HDR Fusion and Bracket Mode apps. To access these apps open iTunes and search for them by name or Cogitap.

David looks forward to meeting many of you during Insignia’s 2017 Around the World voyage – he’ll be on board select segments as a guest lecturer. His wife Anna will also be working her fabric arts magic on board. For David’s complete post and more photo tips, visit his blog. Also explore more of his stunning photography on his World image archive, along with this fine art gallery.


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