Cell phone cameras have become the new norm for most people and with good reason. They’re handy, small, and who wants to be carrying around an extra device when one will do? Photo editing apps are becoming more sophisticated with increased demand. Users want to be able to edit their photos while they’re still on their phones. Downloading and then editing just isn’t fast enough.
Lightricks, the maker of Facetune, has put out a new app called Enlight Photofox, an upgrade to the already existing app, Enlight. Enlight was a popular and powerful app in and of itself, but Photofox has added significant features that take photo editing to a new level.
The base version comes with a full set of editing tools but brings with it additional features inspired by Photoshop. Users now have the power to create layers for combining, blending, and merging photos in new ways. Adjusting image opacity, photo content, and altering individual layers can now be done through the app.
The layer feature alone brings editing features that can change the dynamics of how cell phone photos are used. Layers allow the transforming of shape, size, and perspective. They can be filled with colors or patterns, flipped horizontally or vertically, all from a small pocket-sized device. That’s a powerful app to prepare photos for sharing with family, friends, or on social media.
Not all the features on Photofox come free with the basic package. In-app purchases allow users to pick and choose which features they want. A paid monthly subscription gives access to all features for advanced users. It’s exciting to see the development of photography as technology advances.
Last autumn Snap, Inc., released a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera that allowed users to take a 10 to 30 second video and upload it automatically to Snapchat. The trendy specs were only available at surprise vending machine setups at first. The vending machine kiosks went viral quickly, and people stood in long lines waiting to pay $129.99 for a pair of black, coral, or teal snap spectacles. Eventually the glasses were put up for sale online through a direct purchase website and temporary New York City storefront. Now buyers can purchase the specs through the Amazon website or app.
The benefit of using Snap Spectacles is they offer a unique perspective for videos. Everything is captured at eye-level, and the results can be viewed in landscape or portrait orientation on a smartphone using the Snapchat app. Some users have complained about the Snap Spectacle software being clumsy and difficult to use, but otherwise the glasses have received promising reviews. Users who enjoy using Snapchat with their phones on a regular basis should find the glasses a faster and easier way to capture snaps on the go.
Although the initial buzz translated into booming sales for the spectacles last year, sales have fallen sharply in the last quarter. Snap continues to call the spectacles an experiment, and reports that the glasses have not been a big money maker for the company yet. The Amazon version of Snap Spectacles are available in the same three colors as the original, and the price is still holding steady at $129.99. The spectacles can be purchased with Amazon’s next-day delivery option.
Instagram has increased the wide range of features that it provides to users according to an article on The Verge. Instagram is well known for listening to what its users want and going above and beyond to listen to these desires whenever possible. Listening to the base of active users is a smart way to ensure that people continue to make use of the platform for a long time to come. It is possible that a demand for a specific feature could be so strong that it would translate into an opportunity that a new company would be able to work into a new business venture. However, this would only remain a possibility if a company were simply not listening to its active users at all. Instagram does not have that problem, they offers features that users want on a regular basis. Today, we have the ability to reply to stories using a video or a picture. If you have been on Instagram for some time, you have likely enjoyed a large amount of stories published by the people that you follow. However, there was no option for you to reply to these stories through making use of a video or photo that you would like to share.
This oversight was considered by many to be a huge omission since the basic reason that most people turn to Instagram would be to post a video or a picture with people around the world. However, this issue has now been put to rest thanks to the development team with the website. Now users have the ability to post either a video or a picture that they have recently captured in order to reply to a story. If you have always wanted to reply through video, now is the time to try it out.