The smartphone is a device for communication or does it have other features which are just as important as communication? Apple has revolutionized the way we communicate with one another and the iPhone has made the smartphone story much larger and goes much beyond what its inventors had envisaged.
A new exhibit was launched this week at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York, and had aptly named “The Space Between: Redefining Public and Personal in Smartphone Photography,”
Photography was always considered a chic hobby or a profession which is beyond the scope of the common man. However the birth of smartphone has simplified all that and today there are apps which can make a common user much more proficient in the art of photography. This was the focus of the exhibition. Photography and technology are synonymous with one another and the smartphone is a communication device.
If you want to see the maturing of the Smartphone into a camera or video camera, you need not look much further, Hyperlapse, the Instagram-created video app that was, like “The Space Between,” unveiled this week. The app utilizes algorithm processing to create both tracking shots and time-lapse videos on an iPhone. The app is not available for Android versions but Instagram says that it could come if Android phones adapt their camera and gyroscope.
Hyperlapse is not just another app but a potential game changer and a big leap forward in amateur videography. Much akin to the Instagram’s filters which has made sophisticated photo-processing capabilities within the reach of the average user; Hyperlapse brings sophisticated and chic video editing capabilities. Earlier these abilities required costly equipments like a Steadicam which an average user can never dream to afford.
Hyperlapse makes use of technology which is already present in the iPhone. Conventional image stabilization requires huge amounts of processing power almost to the level of a desktop computer. However Instagram techies instead used the iPhone hardware to stabilize the images and the app’s algorithm is able to map from frame to frame, creating videos that, overall, appear steady to the viewer