Taking better home inspection photos can save you time and typing when you’re on the job. The camera that’s built into the iPhone and iPad take perfectly acceptable pics, but if you want to up your photography game, these apps can take your lens to the next level.
There’s a reason why LifeHacker named this their favorite iPhone camera app. We’re including it in our round-up because of the app’s stabilization capabilities, which can come in handy if you’re photographing a problem in a hard to reach location, and its editing features. Unlike other photo apps that are designed for budding artists, Camera+ is made with the amateur home inspector in mind. The app’s clarity filter can transform even mediocre to poorly lit pictures into crystal clear images, helping clients to spot problems highlighted in your report with ease. Camera+ is iPhone and iPad-compatible and is available for $1.99.
With a price tag of free, there’s no reason not to have this photo manipulation app. Pixlr Express makes our list because it’s fantastic for simple edits like cropping, color adjusting, and drawing on a photo. If, for example, you take a photo of a problem in a home you’re inspecting, Pixlr allows you to draw on the photo to pull attention to details a client may overlook otherwise.
True to its name, this app is a beast when it comes to 360-degree shots. Should you want to show, say, the entire interior of a room or the exterior of a home, this app allows you to create, GPS-tag, and share incredible panoramic photos in the blink of an eye. The app is compatible with most iPhones and iPads and well worth the 99 cent investment. Head right over here to see a few examples.
If you’ve got a teensy weensy problem you need to zoom in on, this is the app for you. Capable of magnifying images up to four times their normal size, this app is perfect for those circumstances when you need to point out small, hard to see problems to your home inspection clients. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and available for $.99.