Sktchy is an iPhone photography and art app that’s making selfies more satisfying. The app invites artists to make sketches and drawings on images that users upload. It’s for the artistically curious and photographically brave. Fortunately, Sktchy doesn’t exclude subjects – even goats are invited to join their owners for a digital sitting.
While the Federal Government shuttered its doors, the California State Legislature quickly passed a law banning “revenge porn,” a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months and a $1000 fine. The law is intended to protect individuals from the humiliation of intimate photos being distributed online without prior consent.
The new law defined Revenge Porn as:
Any person who photographs or records by any means the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person, under circumstances where the parties agree or understand that the image shall remain private, and the person subsequently distributes the image taken, with the intent to cause serious emotional distress, and the depicted person suffers serious emotional distress. Read more
There are a lot of drone footage out there, but hardly any as cinematic as this video though having Chateau Versailles as your setting doesn’t hurt. The air footage was from one continuous drone shot, manned by very talented drone pilots who were careful not to decapitate the band members with one of the drone’s eight sharp propellers.
Using the drone was actually suggested by the band, whose homemade video for the song, Entertainment, used a backdrop of a black and white painting of Versailles. With the drone, they were able to make the video in real life with live footage of the real castle. Dreams do come true! Read more
The Frontback app is another free photo app with one very special function – it lets you take two photos with both of your smartphone’s camera with one shot. Wait, why has no one done this yet?
The app’s initial launch was pretty bare-bones and lacking in many social features aside from sharing to other networks. Its latest update fixes that. You can now have friends and followers like most other apps and you can remove the staff picked photos from your feed. The app is getting plenty of traction since it’s a new photo feature but also because it contextualizes selfies. However, the face-splitting trend is rather creepy. Read more
Camera-shy creatures, like myself, will run away when you turn on a camera. It’s practically impossible to document us unless you sneak up with a contraption like this Periscope Lens.
The smartphone attachment from toy camera and gear gurus Photojojo does all of the light bending necessary to take a photo of something or someone to your side. You can also use it to sneak a photo of your food from above without getting out of your seat to stand on it. Best of all, there’s a preview of the image so you can “pretend” to look at your phone while snapping away.
Drone-powered aerial photography has a bad reputation thanks to drones with guns, but it’s not always death and destruction. Flying robots have been capturing some amazing photography from above and now they have a home at Dronestagr.am. Not all of the photos are taken by “drones” so even if you have a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or even a kite with a camera attachment you can share your photos at Dronstagr.am.
The photos are stunning – once I stopped caring about privacy issues, it was easy to take a ten minute aerial vacation over Vancia, France over to the Kintzheim over to the beautiful Coco Palm Bodu Hithi in the Maldives. A search on the public site showed zero results for Fan Francisco – a place I know that is teeming with professional and amateur drone builders. There’s even a drone store on my block! Evidently there are few San Franciscans willing to be social with their drone photos. Read more
Snap Fashion is tapping into our inner sartorial selves – the one that sees an outfit but doesn’t know how to replicate it without bankrupting our lunch budget. Simply take a photo with your phone, upload one, or use the Snap It button when web-browsing, and Snap Fashion’s image robots will do the rest.
Like other image recognition software, it’s not perfect. Sometimes, you might not find a perfect match or anything remotely close, but you’ll get something from the vast database of affiliated content which matches items based on cut, color, and style. You can then choose to buy the item immediately or just add to favorites for later. Read more
If you are not impressed with your smart phones’ ability to take photos in low light, you’ll be happy to see the iBlazr. It’s an LED flash that connects to standard 3.5mm audio jacks.
Here are the specs:
Iblazr has the most efficient LEDs in their size. It provides over 100 lux on 1m in video mode (x7 than iPhone) and more than 180 lux in flash mode (x4 than iPhone). The state of the art optics has just 1mm in thickness but provides a 60 degrees beam.
It would be pretty impractical to continually dodge things if levitation was easy, but this Levitagram app can give you that illusion with just your phone’s camera. Just take two photos using a sturdy platform or tripod and erase any unwanted items supporting your floating subject. If you are familiar with Photoshop, this works similarly to masking layers.