7 Great Photo Apps Created By Startups
Are you on the lookout for the latest app you won’t be able to put down, the next gadget you’ll be itching to get your hands on, or the slickest new tools to make your workday more productive and your downtime even more fun? Then look no further than our favorite site for finding the latest and greatest tech products. Each week, we review the crowdsourced links posted to a website called Product Hunt, where tech-savvy users post their best finds and discuss the latest apps and gadgets with a growing community of developers, designers, investors, founders, and tech enthusiasts.
The detween 600 and 800 reportedly use the site, a great testament to its ability to surface products that would otherwise fly under even the best-connected people’s radars.
We took a look at all of the apps, gadgets, and services posted on Product Hunt last week and chose seven innovative apps and tools created for photographers, from the casual user sending snapshots via Facebook Messenger to the person looking to up his or her game to the professional photographer looking for a studio to book.
1. DMD Panorama
DMD Panorama is an Android and iOS app that enables you to take 360-degree panoramic photos instantly. The app lets you capture all of the details in a given scene, night or day, using advanced camera controls like Flash Modes and three different exposure settings. The app’s App Store description explains that the app is able to produce up to 40MP panoramic photos. The app also enables you to “teleport” back to your favorite locations and view them with the app’s 3-D viewer.
DMD Panorama saves your photos in free and secure online storage. DMD Panorama also acts a social network for users, who can discover more than 1.3 million panoramas shared by users around the world. Elie-G Khoury, chief executive of Dermander, the Lebanese company behind DMD Panorama, tells the community at Product Hunt: “The product has shifted from originally a 360 Camera to an Instagram for wide images. Panoramas stored in the device galleries can be imported, viewed as a 3d scene (Cardboard) and shared.”
Hello is an iOS app that enables you to quickly send photos to family and friends. The app’s interface is minimal and easy to use. You simply hold down the camera icon next to a friend’s name to see a photo, and the app sends you a push notification when one of your friends shares a photo with you. Peter Simos, founder and chief executive of Postrr, the company behind Hello, explains to the community at Product Hunt that Hello photos only disappear after someone replaces the old photo with a new one.
KitCut is an iOS app (coming soon to Android) that makes it easy to create “visual mashups” to share on Facebook Messenger. You can use your finger to cut out photos from your camera roll or from the search in the app, or add text or doodles to your photos. The app also features pre-made templates, where you just add a cutout of a friend’s face or add text or doodles.
Ohad Assoulin, cofounder and chief executive of KitCut, writes on Product Hunt, “We noticed the last few years, the graphic content that we consume and share has shifted from being created by professionals into the hands of everyday users who only have a smartphone in their pocket.”
He added: “Photographers have Instagram, creative cats have Vine, but what about the average Joes and Janes that just want to put their friend’s head on a donkey with a funny caption or doodle? Easy if you’re a photoshop wizard and have 15 minutes, right? KitCut is for anyone who wants to quickly turn a funny thought or idea into a visual mashup in seconds, no graphic design experience required!”
4. Photo Find
Photo Find is an iOS app that enables you to find the exact location where a photo was taken. You can use Photo Find to hike back to your favorite camping spot, find your car with a photo, meet up with a friend using a photo he or she sent you, or have a photo scavenger hunt with friends. You can take photos of anything with the iOS Camera app to mark a spot, and then navigate back later by opening Photo Find and selecting a photo. If the photo has location information, you’ll see an arrow pointing to the location where the photo was taken. The app also displays the distance to the photo location. (You can choose to display the distance in meters or feet.)
Rolls is an iOS app that offers an easy way to share your camera roll by just using links. The app automatically organizes your camera roll into collections for easy link sharing, and enables you to create custom collections to share. Then, you can simply paste the links that Rolls generates into the apps you already use to communicate with your friends and family. To use the app, tap the link icon to copy a link to the clipboard, and then share even if the photos are still uploading.
Studiolight, a service described on Product as an “Airbnb for photo studios,” enables you to book studio space at professional studios near you. The website so far lists studios in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Miami, San Francisco, Paris, Seattle, Copenhagen, Nashville, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Budapest. You can choose to search by studio type, including home/project studios, mid-level studios, and top-line studios. You can also book additional services, such as an assistant or a hair and makeup artist.
Taggr is an iOS app that enables you easily geotag the photos on your iPhone or iPad. It enables you to apply GPS coordinates to photos taken on a DSLR, photos taken in Airplane Mode, photos and videos created in apps like Hyperlapse (which don’t export with geotags), and photos and videos edited in apps that strip geotags.
You can geotag photos in batches, add both tagged and untagged photos to the map in Taggr, and even clear existing tags. Taggr was created by the team behind Tripstr, an app that turns all of the photos you take on a trip into a shareable story. Tripstr cofounder Austin Cooley notes on Product Hunt that “Taggr is a product we created in response to the needs of our users. The new version of @tripstr (still beta) relies heavily on your photos being geotagged, and we found that a lot of our users (many of which are photographers) had a need for a simple, free geotagger.”
He added: “We originally baked the functionality into Tripstr but realized it would be handy as a standalone product! We’re here if you have questions about Taggr, Tripstr, or anything else!”