Ever since the advent of cameras, there has been an inherent problem that has thus far gone unsolved – the photographer will never be in the photos. Or atleast, as long as you’re not comfortable giving your camera to a random stranger, there was a small chance that the photographer would make it into the photos. But yet again, this problem is solved by the marriage of camera and modern smartphones. Groopic for iOS is an app that uses clever image processing technology that enables the photographer to be part of the photo.
It is quite amazing that it has taken developers so long to solve what was, a very common issue. But we’re glad that EYEDEUS LABS, the developers of Groopic, have finally given this problem a go. They’ve come up with a rather simple and elegant solution to the problem. Take two pictures, tag the photographer(s), and you’re good to go. That’s the principle, but the actual working of the app is a little more complex.
First of all, you have to make sure that photographer(s) aren’t at the same position in the captured images. Secondly, the photographer have to exercise a bit of technique to make sure that the images overlap nicely. In a video demonstration of the app, the developers have shown this to be a very simple procedure, but we reckon it will take a shot or two before the user can take a perfectly alligned shot. Thankfully, the app displays a transparent overlapped image of the last shot when the user is taking the second shot, so the placement can be done painlessly.
Groopic’s use is signified by the importance of smartphones in our lives. None of us would feel comfortable giving our cellphones to a complete stranger to take that group photo, after all smartphones do carry a fair bit of personal and private data of the user. Groopic is also available for the iPad, so you can take pictures with that big tablet in front of everyone.
Download the app here.