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Google's new photography apps

Google have launched a series of photography apps.

Alex Kauffmann, Interaction Researcher at Google Research, announced three different apps - Storyboard, Selfissimo! and Scrubbies - for photography fans to have a go at and give feedback.

Kauffmann wrote: "Each of the world's approximately two billion smartphone owners is carrying a camera capable of capturing photos and video of a tonal richness and quality unimaginable even five years ago. Until recently, those cameras behaved mostly as optical sensors, capturing light and operating on the resulting image's pixels ... Today, we're launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology ... Our appsperiments replicate this approach by building on other technologies in development at Google. They rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun!"

Kauffmann then went into detail about each app and how they work.

They added: "Storyboard transforms your videos into single-page comic layouts, entirely on device. Simply shoot a video and load it in Storyboard. The app automatically selects interesting video frames, lays them out, and applies one of six visual styles. Save the comic or pull down to refresh and instantly produce a new one. There are approximately 1.6 trillion different possibilities!

"Selfissimo! is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a stylish black and white photo each time you pose. Tap the screen to start a photoshoot. The app encourages you to pose and captures a photo whenever you stop moving. Tap the screen to end the session and review the resulting contact sheet, saving individual images or the entire shoot.

"Scrubbies lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce delightful video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Shoot a video in the app and then remix it by scratching it like a DJ. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it."

Storyboard is just available for Android users whilst Scrubbies is just for iOS. Selfissimo! can be used by both Android and iOS users.

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