Instagram has been hailed as the most successful free photo sharing social network application for smart phones and has encouraged developers to innovate and experiment with the possibilities surrounding photo sharing apps.
Font took the time to road-test two smartphone photo applications called Diptic and After Focus, to determine functionality and the available possibilities.
Diptic is a simple program, which allows the user to create a collage of photos taken with a smartphone camera, or to select them from a photo library. The collages can be displayed in several different layouts as chosen by the user. For example, three photos side by side or a larger banner photo with two more underneath in a square design. Once the images are entered into specific areas, the user is then able to set effects, filters or rotate images to suit their own artistic views.
One of the great features of Diptic is that users can either save a collage, email it or post it on various social media channels including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Fickr, Tumblr. The ability to add text to your collages allows the creative side of any user to flow and telling a story through their pictures. For a 99 cent application price, Diptic allows users to create a unique piece of photo-sharing.
For fun, we have posted two examples on the left of this page. The top example features three amazing photos taekn by Al Bett druing Ten Days on the Island, which was previously posted on the Font Facebook page. The second features Senior Consultant, Lucinda Bray, celebrating her 10 years of service at Font.
After Focus, just like the name suggests, lets users play with the focus effects on images as well as creating a ‘double-vision’ type shot. The application has a unique approach as it allows users to mask parts of photos through blur filters, which is where the ‘focus’ part of the name comes from.
Using the application is relatively simple – users just chose whether they are altering the focused or blurred area and paint over parts of the image. Once this is done a button is pressed on the screen and the blur effect is applied.
The application has different modes to suit different users, allowing for manual control or smart option control (similar to an automatic vehicle). Some users may prefer the direct control associated with the manual function, while others may just use the smart options as it is quicker.
The application does not stop there, offering a great deal more with a range of effects which can be applied to the picture. Effects such as motion blur, sharpen or background highlights can all be applied.
Again, it has multiple platform sharing options including Instagram, email, Facebook and Twitter. The difference between the two apps is that After Focus is free. To show you one of the many possibilities, we modified the tile for this story using After Focus.
The real potential with these applications is that users with the time and creativity can create a blur/double image in After Focus, add it as part of a collage in Diptic and finally upload it/open it in Instagram and add any other filters to create a unique piece to share.
For anyone looking to try something new, these are definitely worth a look.