updated 12:45 am EST, Wed December 14, 2011
Users coordinate picture sharing of events
Retro and styled iPhoneography filter app maker Hipstamatic will be releasing a new, free app called D-Series on Thursday which adds a communal and social aspect to group picture-taking by trying to re-create the feel of a shared disposable camera, the company announced. Inexpensive disposable film cameras were often handed out at parties, weddings, and other social occasions, and were used to assemble a "crowd-sourced" assembly of pics of an event later.
With the ubiquitous presence of cameraphones and connections to the internet today, it is easier for people to take pictures, but ironically harder for them to gather the pictures together into a shared site. The D-Series app allows various users to "sign up" and take up to 24 pictures on their own devices. The resulting album can be shared beyond Hipstamatic's own site to Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
The D-Series app will also make available (as $1 in-app purchases) some of Hipstamatic's signature filters and effects as other "cameras" (the app comes with one style of "camera" with its own preset effects). The company says that one of the three optional in-app purchase "cameras," the "MegaZuck 84" camera, will be added free if users register the app with Facebook. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984.
Once the "roll" is completed, the entire album is downloaded to all the participants' phones, whereupon each can share to whichever service they like, in addition to retaining a copy of the collective album for themselves.