By Jess Faulk
While the number of apps I use on a regular basis decreases dramatically based on the length of time I own my smartphone, I still have some favorites that I manage to find reasons to use. Most often these apps are a way to capture the moment, or make a photograph unique. While I most often use them for fun, I have found uses for many of them professionally as well.
Here are three of my favorites:
Microsoft PhotoSynth (Windows Phone or iOS)
This photo-stitching app is great for capturing a moment in time or showing off a unique space. I’ve used it to photograph vistas, our wedding venue, and even the international pillow fight day. While posting it via twitter or facebook certainly works, the best way to view the outcome of this app is actually in the app itself, or on the web after uploading it to the photosynth site (check out this image of Inauguration 2013 by EricJay). It feels like you were actually there. I received quite a few retweets posting my photosynth of the NEACUHO conference final banquet on twitter – it captures so well the scale of an big event.
Pocketbooth (iOS, Android, Nokia, Windows Phone)
This has become the #1 app for capturing a moment for my fiancé and I. During one of our very first vacations together (to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk) we toiled for over 45 minutes with one broken photobooth after another, and waiting for the repair guy before I remembered I had a photo app on my phone. Now we capture the moment whenever we are visiting somewhere new. Our best use so far: pass the app around the table at a wedding and end up with a collection of our friends’ funny poses! This would be an awesome way to capture the personality your staff or members of a student organization. Revive the retro style of photo fun!
Just another fun filter to use on your photos. This is certainly very different from your average instagram filters, and would make some fabulous wall art. It would also make for a fun and colorful staff bulletin board!