Tilt-shift photographyÂ refers to the use ofÂ camera movementsÂ on small- and medium format cameras. In many cases, it refers to tilting theÂ lensÂ relative to theÂ image planeÂ and using a largeÂ apertureÂ to achieve a very shallowÂ depth of field (wikipedia)
BeautifullyÂ crafted in Takayaki’s usual black aesthetic, TiltShift is an Adobe Air app for Mac, Windows and Linux. Using a simple set of controls you can quickly apply wonderful TiltShift effects to your photograph. Radius andÂ strengthÂ included, a number of different effects like saturation, contrast, brightness and vignetting have also been added.
We have already seen a number of tutorials on how to achieve this effect using Photoshop and on these groups onÂ MacRumors ,Â Flickr andÂ this group but besides the iPhone app (TiltShift – iPhone)Â there hasn’t yet been an app solely dedicated to generating TiltShift effect.
Takayaki has done a wonderful job. Whether you are a pro or a casual photographer,Â TiltShift should be a great new addition to your arsenal…and it’s free!
- Hipstamatic [iPhone] Ever since the release of Toy Camera together with Old Camera I have been slightly reluctant to review many "effector" apps now available in the AppStore. On a number of occasions I have also been suggested by friends to check out Camera Bag, Night Camera and a bunch of others that would somewhat deserve a mention considering the features they provide. I have and continue seeing new additions that way too much resemble ideas that Takayuki Fukatsu (could be said) initiated. Takayuki's apps had style and sense of clarity in what they were about. Many followed, some with additional functionality that clouded the clear vision of what point+shoot apps should be about. Most popular being one about applying effects to photos you have already taken, and more recently full blown "photoshop" type apps that are way to complex for mobile device and providing not enough features to come even close to desktop software. Then yesterday I came across Hipstamatic: Digital photography never looked so analog. The Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of the past! The Hipstamatic keeps the the quirks of shooting old school but gives you the ability to swap lenses, film, and flash settings all with the swipe of a finger. My first reaction was "here we go another effector app, as we don't have plenty already". This is not the first time thing like this happens. Twenty thousand apps in the AppStore and there ought to be some duplicates and boy there are. Apple's AppStore policies have supported app cloning, duplicates and it seems like a trend to find semi-succesful apps in the appstore, make a copy but with better skin and shiny UI and there is a big chance you will hit top 100 apps. It is safe to say that Hipstamatic could be one of those apps, but there is something quite special about this app I hope to uncover here. When Takayuki set-out to create Toy Camera he was looking for a simple effecter app that would with one click generate attractive photos reminiscent of old skool Toy Cameras. He wasn't particularly interested in what camera that might have been, the lens or the film. It was about simple point+shoot+applyeffect. If this wasn't enough Takayuki also incorporated feature that would randomly choose the effect so you never knew what you would get. Simple, fun and unexpected was his moto. Then came a wave of new apps making this process more and more prescriptive, ie applying effects to you own photos and some even incorporating previews of what your photo would look like once the effect has been applied. Sure this is useful but for mobile?? When do we ever have the time to sit down and begin editing our photos. This is something we may do on the desktop and there are plenty of tools that will let us do this and achieve way better quality than on the iPhone. We seem to be loosing the quality of surprise what Toy Cameras were all about = cheap and cheerful photography. Hipstamatic app was inspired by the camera invented by Bruce and Winston Dorbowski. The idea was simple at the time, to bring people a camera that cost less than the film. Bruce had a Russian plastic camera that our father gave him as a Christmas gift in 1972. The camera had since broke and was no longer being made or sold, at least anywhere he could find it. So Bruce and Winston came up with a plan to recreate something similar. Winston had fallen in love with his Kodak Instamatic and that was the start of the Hipstamatic (read more here). Then recently the guys from Synthetic approached Richard Dorbowski (brother) to recreate the experience of using the original Hipstamatic 100 as a digital application for iPhone. I now wonder whether I should go on and describe the experience or maybe you should discover that for yourself as I did trying different combinations of lenses, never knowing the results you will get. The only thing you should actually know before you make any purchase is that the app comes with single lens, flash and 2 films by default. Once you have tried these you will want more and additional films (the look of final prints) and effects can be purchased (3 exactly) costing $0.99 each. Here is a little about: Pictures taken with the Hipstamatic have their very own look and unique character. Artistic and painted with light and quirk, Hipstamatic images are sometimes surprising and offer a delicate beauty turning any iPhone into an instant art making machine. Images can be uploaded directly to your Facebook album or emailed to your friends and family. FEATURES ----------------------------------------------- • HipstaSwap™ lens technology • HipstaSwap™ film technology • Square format prints • Built in Facebook sharing • Sweet sound effects • 'Classic' parallax-offset viewfinder (with option to turn off) • Jet black molded plastic unibody • KwikProcess™ technology • Swank Camera flip action • HipstaAlbum™ viewer w/sharing • HipstaMart shopping for additional film & lenses Considering that there were only 157 Hipstamatic 100s ever produced -- 154 of them were sold, and the family has only 3 in their storage unit, the app has made it's way to the hands of thousands if not millions soon. If you are interested to find out more about camera's history you should check out hipstamatic blog ran by Richard Dorbowski. For information on the app with full manual to download, see hipstamaticapp.com. For $1.99 + additional 3 lenses and flashes all in total costing $5 you get to own a piece of history. Do I need to say more? Platform: iPhone Version: 110 Cost: $1.99 (+in app purchases) Developer: Synthetic […]
- 1:2-tone [iPhone] 1:2-tone [=Halftone] converts your iPhone photos into halftone patterns. The process is simple; Browse your Photos album and pick an image, Zoom in or out and fit to the screen size, Choose dot size and then either make a wallpaper by saving the image to your library for later use or send the image by email. iPhone 3GS users only: in case you'd take a 2048x1536 photo, 1:2-tone may refuse to open it. The fix is on its way to App Store in the next update. 1:2-tone was created by ANTIsoftware, a Polish iPhone development studio. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $1.99 Developer: Mateusz Bajer (via […]
- IOGraphica [Mac, Windows, Linux] Formerly known as MousePath, IOGraphica was created by Moscow designer Anatoly Zenkov to brighten up the routine work. Posting it at Flickr caused informal interest and afterward Anatoly Zenkov and his colleague Andrey Shipilov decided to evolve the app. IOGraphica is an application that tracks your mouse movements and converts them into a single image showing all the paths you have made with your mouse. The idea is that you just run it and do your usual day stuff at the computer. Go back to IOGraph after a while and grab a nice picture of what you’ve done. Besides the mouse path, the application also tracks your idle time, displaying it as circles of varying radius depending of how much time you spent away from the computer. You can either use blank canvas or tell application to capture your current desktop as an underlay. Find out more info + download Mac, Windows or Linux (java) versions of the app, see […]
- Digital: A Love Story [Games, Mac, Windows, Linux] Digital: A Love Story is set 'five minutes into the future of 1988' and created by Christine Love. The game is set entirely within an Amiga Workbench desktop where you are a BBS user meeting someone via a message sent to you. You send messages back and forth allowing the story to evolve. Features: -Discover a vast conspiracy lurking on the Internet! -Save the world by expoiting a buffer overflow -Get away with telephone fraud -Hack the gibson! The game is available for Mac, Windows and Linux and can be downloaded here. (via BoingBoing) Christine Sarah Love writes a variety of fiction, from short pieces that stand on their own to novel length serials. Her work varies from science fiction conspiracies to war stories to epic fantasy to simple real world drama. Some of these are written pieces and some games. You can fond out more information by visiting […]
- TiltShift [iPhone] TiltShift is an application for the iPhone that lets you turn photoÂ scenes into a miniature world byÂ simulating a tilt-shift lensÂ that tricks your mind into viewing a photoÂ as a miniature scene like a model. Tilt-shift photographyÂ refers to the use ofÂ camera movementsÂ on small- and medium format cameras. In many cases, it refers to tilting theÂ lensÂ relative to theÂ image planeÂ and using a largeÂ apertureÂ to achieve a very shallowÂ depth of field (wikipedia). See this great tutorial on how to achieve this effect using Photoshop and these groups on MacRumorsÂ ,Â FlickrÂ Â and this group dedicated to TiltShift iPhone app creations. The apps basicÂ functionÂ is to create a focus on a linear or elliptical region in the image,Â interactively adjusting theÂ amount of blur for maximum effect.Â The size and orientation of the focus can be adjustedÂ by the multi-touch gestures pinch in, pinch outÂ and rotation of two fingers around a common center. With dozens of images that are included you can practice so when it comes to applying it to your own photos you have mastered the technique.Â Besides using the app for Tilt-shift effect, it also works great when you are trying to give more depth to the pictures created on the iPhone.Â Here are some examples from yesterday's live gig of Manu Chao. Where normally photos would end up pretty flat, a bit of focus gives a much better feel to the photo especially considering that this photo was created on the iPhone at low light level conditions.Â Â Â TiltShift is a great tool to add to the arsenal of apps you have on your iPhone. Whilst many photo editing apps available in the AppStore replicate functionality of desktop editors,Â TiltShift provides an easy and quick way to enhance your photos in a way that is both creative and fun. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $1.99 Developer:Â Michael Krause [xrr rating=5/5] Â Â Â Here is also a great video made usingÂ Tilt-shift technique (Music: Robot High School (In Digital Form Remix)Â by My Robot FriendÂ robothighschool.com) Metal Heart from Keith Loutit on […]
- Passing By [Flash] Passing By presents two films that piece together brief segments from many different journeys into ever growing sequences of sights-seen-along-the-way, while looking out of the window of a car, a train, a plane or even just pushing a shopping trolley around the local super market. Films are both engaging and Â mesmerising. You can't help feel captivated by the calming nature of the passing videos. A wonderful collection and a pure pleasure when you want to take a break from the daily noise. If you would like to add your own clips, you can do that by simply uploading your video clips to YouTube and tagging them with either passingby-looking-left or passingby-looking-right, your clips will automatically be included in the corresponding Passing By film. Passing By is an atomless production created byÂ James Tindall. Also check outÂ Passing Through. If you enjoy this project, you canÂ show Passing By on your own site orÂ join theÂ Facebook […]
- TiltShift Generator [iPhone] – Preview TiltShift Generator is a new iPhone photo effector application by Takayuki Fukatsu. Currently in development and available in the AppStore soon, TiltShift Generator builds on Takayuki's previous iPhone apps (ToyCamera, QuadCamera) to deliver something quite unique. For those unfamiliar with the TiltShift term:Â the method refers to the use ofÂ camera by tilting theÂ lensÂ relative to theÂ image planeÂ and using a largeÂ apertureÂ to achieve a very shallowÂ depth of field (wikipedia). TiltShift Generator AirÂ app is already available and the upcomingÂ iPhone version brings a wonderful set of features to produce some truly amazing photo effects on the go. We have been sent a beta version to have a play, and have to say that this may be the best iPhone photo app TakayukiÂ has made to date. When you launch the app you are welcomed with the screen to choose either a photo from your album or take a new photo. Once you have loaded the pic you can switch between different modes including ability to change circle or strip blur effect (similar to tiltshift), modify colour by adjusting saturation, brightness or contrast, and third apply vignetting effectÂ to your photo (dark shadows around the edges). Adjusting levels is done via sliders which provides an instant number feedback of how much effect your are applying.Â As you would expect, save option is the last button which processes effect you have selected Â and saves the photo to your library. Settings are always remebered so if you quit the app and open it again taking a new photo, the same effects will be applied at start and you can change them as you like. TiltShift Generator also includes fullÂ Twitter integration. Where you expect this to be a "upload to photo service, provide a short url and open preferred twitter client", TiltShiftGen allows you to post to twitter straight from the app. This is achieved with the help of Takuma Mori and his open source Twitter client NatsuLion, providing a seamless integration so you are able to enter the tweet text and both the text and your photo (via twitgoo.com)Â are posted to twitter. This option is available from "Save" menu where you can also send your pictures by mail (once again fully integrated into the app). TiltShift Generator for the iPhone brings a set of features that allow you to create and share amazing photos quickly and easily. The app's icon is an icing on cake. Slick, clean, obviously inspired by the Cemara.app icon but suggesting a whole new set of features.Â Full featured, point, shoot and share iPhone app, TiltShift Generator will be an absolute must when released. Now available! Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 (first week only / normally $2.99) Developer: Takayuki Fukatsu UPDATE: 02.09.2009 / To celebrate the release, Takayuki was kind enough to send us 5 promocodes to give away. Leave a comment below to enter. Winners will be picked by random later […]
- Flickr App Spectacular [Images] Flickr is an interesting place. When we are all used to hanging out on our profile page or checking out our contacts' photos, the sheer amounts of images available on Flickr means that it is probably guaranteed that you may never discover some photos or screens areÂ trulyÂ amazing. When it comes to Apps, we may just be able to help a little. Here are some interesting groups, related to apps, software, creation and innovation in software design. If we have missed any, please let us know in the comments. Time to hit that 'Join This Group' button. Â USER INTERFACE DESIGN User Interface Review User interface - Review, and be reviewed.Â Improving interface through peer review. UI Design Post your screenshots of user interfaces you think stand out. Whether PC or Mac, your own designs or ones you admire or hate; all are welcome. Interaction Designers An essential User Experience discipline, because without interactions, there can be no experiences, Interaction Designers define how products and services behave in response to human action. Â Â MAC ï£¿ Mac OS X Favorite Apps Your top 3 favorite Mac OS X Software apps! Apple Snaps Please only post photos that are screenshots of your desktop, laptop or iPhone, iPod Touch.Â Mac Desktop Screenshot Full size screenshot of your Mac OS only.Â PrefPanes Show off your 3rd-party OS X prefpanes. Â Â IPHONE iPhone Screenshots Screenshots of the iPhone both original apps and 3rd party. Please use notes to describe icons, buttons, etc. Add as many as you would like.Â iPhone Customization A chronicle of customized iPhone UI elements (wallpapers, Docks, icons, etc.) in screenshot form. iPhone Home Screens Screenshots of your iPhone homescreen(s). Â Â MAC/WINDOWS/... Daily Screens Daily Screens is a group where you can publish a daily screenshot of your desktop. Can be just wallpaper, but would be cool if it included whatever you\'re currently working/playing with. Desktop Show and Tell Screenshots of your desktop, whether it is Windows, Mac, Linux, Palm, Windows Mobile, your phone, whatever. Web 2.0 Web 2.0 is upon us, and we're gathering in San Francisco to enjoy the fog, the drivers, and some healthy dose of speaking. All your apps TodosÂ is a neat little app that shows off all (well, most) of your applications. So, show us your apps. All of 'em! Â Â OTHER ProcessingAn open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production.Â Max/Msp/Jitter For sharing max/msp/jitter ideas, patches, how-to's, and questions. The goal is to de-mystify the use of max/msp and have an open forum for learning and sharing. Â Â ...... and of course, last but not least,Â CreativeApplications.Net, ie we.Â Apps that Inspire!Â OSX, Windows, Linux, iPhone, Web Apps, Flash, Physical Interfaces, Max MSP development, Processing and many others. Have a great weekend […]
Posted on: 10/05/2009
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