EyeEm edits, shares photos — and edit choices

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eyeEm 5

Online imaging community developer EyeEm introduced “a completely new set of editing tools for iOS and Android” — and shares the ‘recipe’ used on each image as well.

The new “Open Edit” function “lets you explore how other photographers edit their images,” the company says, “and makes it easy for you to try their edits on your own photos. It speaks to the curiosity we all have about how photos are made and how a certain style is achieved.” Just tap on an icon “to reveal the filter and tools that were used.”  And with a second tap, you can apply the same techniques to an image of your own.

EyeEm 5 also contains “24 distinct new filters” with adjustable intensity, and “carefully crafted” editing tools to adjust contrast, brightness, and saturation.


Kodak app finds film

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Kodak developed an iOS app for finding retail locations stocking its professional film.

“Through this app you can learn about our color negative and black and white films. Discover the characteristics of each film and what formats they are available in,” the company says. “Will you be photographing outside or in a studio? This app will recommend the best film for what you are photographing. Once you know what film you want to shoot you can find out where to purchase film, and even where you can have the film developed.”

The app is intended as  a professional shooter’s  “companion when you are traveling,” Kodak adds. “It can tell you where to buy and process film around the world.”

The app is here.

Etchings app alters images into etched illustrations


Halifax, Canada-based MindSea Development says its Etchings app for iOS transforms photos “into unique works of art that emulate the etching and engraving techniques used by print makers.”

The $1 Etchings creates images in a variety of styles, ranging from classic monochrome and color treatments to postage stamp, paper money and vintage book themes, the company says. ““There are a lot of sketch and halftone apps, but Etchings is the first to add these unique classic effects.” The illustrations can be fine-tuned by varying the thickness and spacing of the etched lines, “allowing users to find the right look for their photo.”

More information is here.


iStopMotion uses iPhone camera

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“When we were kids, we made stop motion movies in the backyard with my father’s Super-8 camera,” says Boinx Software’s CEO. “We waited anxiously for weeks for the film to come back from processing, till we could see the results. Today, we want to build the best stop motion animation app out there to make it as easy as possible for stop motion enthusiasts like ourselves to create films they love.”

The iStopMotion 3 application for the Macintosh now creates HD movies using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as the a camera, using the free iStopMotion Remote Camera app.

The price is also substantially lower: iStopMotion 2 Pro was $500; iStopMotion 3 is $50, and consolidates previous versions “into one powerful package offering the full-featured product at a rock bottom price,” the company says. “It’s important to us that all stop motion filmmakers, young and old, have access to the best tools for creation out there.” [And for one more week, it’s only $30.]

Boinx Software is located in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany.


Adobe updates Revel

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Revel 1.5 adds new album and captions capabilities to keep photo libraries organized on the Mac, iPad and iPhone, Adobe says.

The Revel photography app “marries powerful and intuitive organizing and editing tools with a cloud technology uniquely designed for photos,” the company says. “With Revel users have one place for all their photos, which they can access using their iPad, iPhone, and Mac.”

New features in Adobe Revel 1.5 include album creation on one device that is now automatically updated and accessible everywhere; sharing private albums with friends and family; captions;  and an updated UI which “makes the app more intuitive and easier to navigate,” Adobe says.

Subscription pricing for Revel is $6 per month.


PhotoAffections frees prints

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PhotoAffections has developed a iOS app with which users can order photo prints directly from their iPhone — and get up to 85 free 4×6 prints per month, up to 1,000 per year.

Shipping costs start at $1.99 and are never more than $9.99, “no matter how many prints are ordered.” Additional 4×6 prints are $0.09; 5×5 prints are $0.49; 5×7 prints are $0.69; and 8×10 prints are $2.79 — “extremely competitive prices,” the company says.

FreePrints accesses photos stored on the iPhone as well as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Picasa Web Albums. Users can select, crop and order photos from any of the albums.

With facilities in California and Texas, PhotoAffections is an online provider of printed custom photo cards, including birth and wedding announcements, and photo invitations.


StickyAlbums updates social imaging app

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A platform for  enabling pro photographers to create branded photo album apps that are stored on a client’s iOS or Android device or personal computer is now offering improved social imaging tools.

StickyAlbums allows shooters to create a unique slide show app for their client. “As images are increasingly shared via smartphones, tablets, utilizing social networks, photographers need solutions that allow them to safely monetize their pictures while delivering the shareability that clients demand,” the company says. “StickyAlbums serves both purposes by optimizing image display for mobile devices and tying the infinitely sharable images to the photographer’s brand and website to generate more referrals.”

StickyAlbums helps deter image theft as a safer way to share digital files, the St. Paul, Minnesota company says.

The new upgrade introduces new social media sharing features that allow clients to share the branded albums on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. The feature streamlines the sharing of clients’ images across social networks, the company says, on which professional photographers are able to generate valuable word-of-mouth marketing for their studios.

StickyAlbums is a subscription-based service, with a free basic demo level to allow new users to test-drive the service.

Snap a house, see a price

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Developer Sawbuck Realty says its HomeSnap “is the smart way to buy or sell a home.” The smart phone app works simply: aim the camera at a house, and find out all about it.

The HomeSnap technology “was built to do one thing,” the company adds: “instantly tell you all about any home you snap. What is it worth? When did it last sell? For how much? Beds? Baths? Lot size? Which school would my child attend?”

HomeSnap now works on more than 90 million homes, Sawbuck says. “In much of the country, HomeSnap seamlessly integrates real-time data from the Multiple Listing Service. If a home is for sale, you see the current list price, interior pictures and complete listing details; even schedule a showing then and there. For a home that just sold, HomeSnap shows the final sale price and complete listing history.”

This week TechCrunch reports the developer closed $3.5 million, on top of $4 million in previous funding. The company also offers a real estate website.

It’s now free on the iPhone, and an Android will come out in early 2013.

ASMP releases model release app

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A model release is a “must have” for professional photographers working in all genres of the business, says the ASMP, and its new free app “allows you to take a photograph of the subject, customize the release for the specific licensed use of the images, sign the release and email a PDF version as necessary to photographer, agent, model and client.”

In addition to the customizable forms, the American Society of Media Photographers’ app includes the stock photography industry standard releases produced by Getty Images.

The app is now available for iOS (iPhone & iPad), with other platforms coming soon.

A release is a written agreement between the photographer and the person being photographed, or the person who owns the property being shot, the association adds. “The purpose of the release is to protect you from any future lawsuits the person might file for claims such as defamation and invasion of privacy.”

More information is here.


Automatically mixing video from multiple users at the same location


Vyclone says it has developed “the way to co-create, sync and share movies with people around you” — and the company this week reports it teamed with Nissan to create “the world’s first crowd-sourced racing lap.” At Le Mans 2012, thirty volunteers “armed themselves with iPhones and iPads to help chart the first ever racing lap of the Nissan DeltaWing.”

The company recently launched its iOS app in the UK. The Vyclone mobile video app lets you “create movies that mix your clips with footage taken by other people filming the same events. Instantly. Film an event together, upload your footage to Vyclone and receive a movie with all your combined perspectives,” the company says. “It collects and synchronizes any clips taken at the same time and place. Then it edits them together, cutting between shots to show the scene from every point of view.”

The system uses GPS location information tagged into the uploaded video files.

Technology Review reports that co-developer Joe Sumner, a singer-songwriter, “thought of the idea in 2010 while touring… He noticed that audience members spent much of  the show recording it with their cell phones and then posted their videos on YouTube. Sumner figured there must be a simple way to link all the phones at an event and create an automatically generated compilation of the different videos taken simultaneously. That way “people would be able to look at every single viewpoint and see everything,” he says.”