Take better photos with Google
Want to take better photographs and videos using your smartphone? Then help is at hand. Google has released a trio of free camera apps to give your mobile photography and video-making skills a new lease of life.
Take better selfies, inject life into your short videos, and create comic strips from your shots. Read on to find out how…
(Free on iOS and Android)
Everyone loves taking a sneaky selfie when the lighting is right. Selfissimo makes it easier by only taking photos when you’re not moving. It gives you time to strike a pose, without having to awkwardly reach around for the shutter button. It also means your pictures are less likely to come out blurred.
For now you can only take black and white photos, but they do look great. The app even applies a slight bokeh effect to your shots by blurring the background while keeping you in focus. It’s handy for group selfies, or if you fancy a trendy black and white photo for your online dating profile.
(Free on iOS)
If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen those boomerang looping videos being shared by your friends. Scrubbies does something similar with your video clips, but with a twist.
Once you’ve recorded a short video, the app lets you change the speed, and select which specific moments you want to slow down. Use it to create moving photos, and to highlight any cool interesting one-off moments you caught on camera.
(Free on Android)
Storyboard is a cool app if you want to have a little fun with your videos. It selects frames from your videos, and stitches them together for a comic book-style layout.
Just select a video from your phone, and load it into the app. Once your video has processed, the app will give you a choice of layouts to use and share on your social media pages. It’s neat if you want to showcase your more interesting video clips to your friends.
Got any other photography tips, or app suggestions you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.