GroupShot iPhone app is photography magic

Jan 18, 2012
Tech

Have you ever set up a perfect family picture, but each time you snap, someone is looking away or making a funny face? Well there’s a promising new photo app, GroupShot, that can help. GroupShot allows photographers to select a batch of group snaps taken in succession and then swap out the closed-eyed or gape-mawed with […]

Have you ever set up a perfect family picture, but each time you snap, someone is looking away or making a funny face? Well there’s a promising new photo app, GroupShot, that can help. GroupShot allows photographers to select a batch of group snaps taken in succession and then swap out the closed-eyed or gape-mawed with the best head shots in the bunch to create a new image with everyone looking their best. While the app has a few issues, the technology behind it is astounding. GroupShot is a fantastic addition to an iPhone photographer’s toolkit with the financial backing, according to TechCrunch, to keep making it better.

GroupShot is obscenely easy to use. Select a series of group photos — at least two — and the app selects the better background (although it can be manually exchanged for another). Then it’s a matter of drawing crude circles around the face you want to replace. A complex algorithm gets to works behind the scenes offering a selection of facially recognized alternatives. A simple tap selects the new face, and then the app performs its hocus-pocus.

GroupShot comes loaded with sample images, and on those the effects are seamless. My personal experience was not quite as smooth. When using old group shots not intended for this purpose, the app did brilliantly on the facial recognition front, but left obvious seams in the finished product. The output resolution was rather too low for good printing as well.

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The remedy for me was using a camera replacement app like Camera+ or Camera Genius with burst mode, instead of just asking everyone to stay still for a while. If the images in the batch are evenly scaled and head angles remain fixed, the results are nothing short of magical.

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Lisa Caplan

Lisa Caplan writes app lists and guides as well as reviewing iOS apps and games on various tech sites, most recently on her fledgling iPhone and iPad giveaway blog, AppTudes. She is thrilled to be joining the stellar reviewing team at Appolicious.

Located in a balmy Montreal suburb, Lisa has an advanced degree in Creative Writing, and has had an Apple computer by her side since 1979! She is a talentless art nut, bibliophile and accessory junkie. Lisa looks forward to sharing her gaming addiction and love for all tech that promotes culture, communication, social awareness and education at every level.

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