SmugMug might not be as popular as Instagram, but it is a service that is used by professional photographers and is not limited to just mobile platforms. The photos available on SmugMug are generally high in quality, because the user base of the service consists of people who don’t share photos just for fun. Rather than predefined, one-touch filters and photo effects, SmugMug allows its users to make adjustments they want to their photos. If you are a Windows Phone 7 user, and admire SmugMug, you’ll be delighted to know that the official mobile client of the service has just hit the Marketplace. The app lets you control every aspect of your SmugMug account, and even if you don’t have one, you can browse through public galleries and share photos from the app.
If you’re already a member of SmugMug, go to the bottom menu of the main page and tap the sign in option. For those who want to sign up, the option to do so is available on the login page. The accounts created via the app are valid for a limited trial period only, as signing up for a full account requires payment, which can only be done from the web interface. However, an account is not necessary to use the mobile client. You will still be able to browse through the beautiful SmugMug galleries, search for any photo, share images over your social networks and use the app as a photo editor. The only limitation is that you won’t be able to post photos to SmugMug without an account.
The app features the most popular images of the day on its main page. Within the Popular menu, you can view featured images from the past and the different categories that they’re sorted under. For SmugMug account holders, it is possible to create new galleries on their page and define new categories for the photos they share.
If you want to use the SmugMug app as a photo editor, just hit the camera button, snap a picture and tap the edit button in the bottom bar. The app has a neatly designed editing interface, including the following options:
- Black & White
- Brightness & Contrast
The options included in each of these menus are adjustable via sliders, and can be used to get pretty decent results. It is also possible to compare the result of each change with the original image using the before button next to the apply one.
Even if you don’t plan on spending all that money on a SmugMug account, the mobile client is a must-have if you’re a photography enthusiast. The app itself is available for free in the Marketplace.
Download SmugMug for Windows Phone 7