Louis is the Olympus guy, not me. But anything at the App Store from a professional camera maker gets me hot’n bothered. GetOlympus is a social networking app where users in USA and Canada can share their photos, tips, and photography stories. For students of photography, it is a virtual lesson. Thankfully, Olympus released GetOlympus for free (a good bit of advertising wuffie if you ask me), so anyone with a camera can benefit from their benevolence. The only catch is that you need to be connected to the internet to enjoy the content…
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The built-in-camera is one of the popular features of the iPhone. There is a whole section of the AppStore devoted to apps that make use of it. From postcards to panoramic, photo cropping to image editing. Some more of gimmick then others that can just blow your mind. Today I got my hands on a fun little app that I would say is a bit gimmicky (if that’s a word) but still fun. Read on to see how Shakeitphoto developed.
While the iPad has no camera, it CAN take pictures via an external camera, i.e., the iPhone. Camera-A (iPad: 1$) and Camera-B (iPhone: FREE) are two clever apps designed by developer Yusuke Sekikawa which mate Apple’s devices for wireless photography over WiFi or Bluetooth. The iPad controls the photography through the iPhone’s lens. Right, so why not just take the photos with your iPhone? The answer is here: because the iPad has no camera…
If that does it for you, be sure to check out Sekikawa’s apps here:
Yusuke sekikawa, CAMERA-A – $0.99 (iPad)
Yusuke sekikawa, CAMERA-B – Free (iPhone)
MotionPortrait Inc, the bright minds behind the unique and innovative photo apps PhotoSpeak and HourFace, have taken their photo-to-animation technology and created ZombieBooth. With ZombieBooth, you can turn yourself or family/friends into blood-thirsting zombies:
MotionPortrait’s cutting-edge technology takes a still photo and turns it into a living, breathing 3D movie that snaps and bays for brains right there on the iPhone screen.
Once you’ve selected your desired image from the camera roll, your “victim” will soon be turned into a 3D model of a zombie. You can then interact with your new friend by dragging a finger around the screen and even let him/her/it take a nibble or two! If you enjoyed MotionPortraits’ previous apps or always wondered what kind of zombie your ex would make, ZombieBooth is certainly worth a look. Video and more info after the gap.
MotionPortrait, Inc., ZombieBooth: Alive in 3D photo – $0.99
You know, when Steve Sprang demoed the iPad version of Brushes at Apple’s Jan 27 event, I swallowed a filthy lot of inundating and excited ohmygawdthatsgreat saliva. All that screen real estate. All that room for erasing mistakes. But brushes is simple, meant for attacking a little creativity. Lucky Clan’s ArtStudio sends in the calvary to strike more advanced enemies: transparencies, layers, and needem’ filters. In many ways, it is the best drawing app for the 3,5 inch screen. Feel free to discuss this review of ArtStudio in our forums.
Time is something that we could all definitely use more of. When it comes to something like videos, time can sometimes be the killer. Time to load, time to play, it’s everywhere. As an answer to this potential issue developer Infoxenter have released a handy little app called TimeSqueeze. Read on to see what I thought, if you have the time. Feel free to discuss this review of TimeSqueeze in our forums.
Minus a few key features, Faces of Met is Hot or Not for photographers. Click, slide and rate – just like the real thing, but much, much more airbrushed. Not sure how Met distinguishes its famous photographers, but I bet it goes something like this:
SoftMobile: Okay, so you have the shots?
Budding Ph’ger: Yessir.
SoftMobile: And bio information such as adorns gravure?
Budding Ph’ge: Check.
SoftMobile: You sir, are a great photographer!
Budding Ph’ge: Where’s my cheque?
Can’t be much different than that. Rate the pics with 1-5 stars, but don’t expect to meet any of Met’s mostly female cuties – it ain’t a dating service, but still is fun to touch through! In the back of my seldom-used brain, I get the feeling that face photos could be used as a catch-all for the p-word, just like Hottest Girls was. Whatever the case, Faces of Met is out, seems oddly cast in its parent directory of photography, and may be set to re-introduce other fun artefacts into the App Store.
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Enginy Studios have it right – make an app which allows you to argue with your wife before ruining the house with hundreds of dollars of polka dot paint. A few taps of the finger and some twirls later, and paintingWalls will have your walls, ceilings, and even skylights pretty in pink (or blue, or mauve, etc.): magical, but not _that_ magical. paintingWalls requires you first to take photos of your rooms. Then you can splash virtual colour around. And when shade vacillation strikes, paintingWalls allows you to add virtual lighting for that extra touch of home. It all comes packaged in a pretty easy to use interface replete with save, email, Facebook, Twitter functions, a comparator engine, and more.
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There are tonnes of camera related apps available at the app store, enough to warrant their own official spot. The majority of the good ones carry a single-function such as: zoom, black and white, etc.. There are some multi-function apps but a lot most are photo-editors instead of camera apps. ShiningWorks G700-1st Soft Camera is a pretty well-focused software camera for your iDevice.
I love taking pictures. When digital cameras got bit on the market, I finally felt free! And when I got the iPhone, I was stunned by the rather good quality of the photos from it and even printed out quite a few of them. Since then, I’ve been taking pictures left and right and noticed that one of my favourite shots is the panorama – you know, the extra wide or long shot which looks great for landscapes. Well, now you can do that on the iPhone!