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SnapDish app makes your food prettier

SnapDish’s ability to make food photos look better is a feature that its competitors don’t have, but does that make it worth having another food app on your device?

There’s been a bit of buzz on Twitter today about the SnapDish app, a food photo-sharing app, so I thought I’d check it out. According to The Next Web, the Japanese app recently moved into new markets by adding seven new languages and adding an app for the Kindle Fire.
It looks like SnapDish is a direct competitor to Foodspotting, but it also does some of the same things that FourSquare and Evernote Food do.
The first thing I wondered was, “Do I need yet another food photo sharing method?” No, I don’t. I used Foodspotting for a while, but it got old quickly for me. It also got old for my dining companions, many of whom don’t care about cherishing the memory of every single meal by looking at photographs of it for years to come.
I’ve been using FourSquare a lot recently for quick food photos and to learn how it works simply for business purposes. It gets the job done if I want to take a photo of a specific dish and add a few notes, then share it with others.
So, if SnapDish was going to be a keeper, it would have to function for me in some way that meets my specific needs at the time. Here’s how SnapDish works:
The app is free to download for both iOS and Android devices. I downloaded it to both my iPhone and my Kindle Fire. After creating a free account, I started to play around on my Kindle Fire. Every time I tried to take a photo of food, the app would crash. It’s useless on my Kindle.
I had more luck on my iPhone. I was able to take photos and import photos from my iPhone library of previous dishes I’d taken at restaurants. Here’s where I found one feature that none of the competing apps has. Before hitting done and uploading the photo I’d taken or uploaded from my library, I could use the blur feature to make items in the background blury and have the app automatically make the photo look sharper using the “rare, medium or well-done” feature.
Take a look at the following three photos.
This is a photo I took at a Philadelphia tapas bar a couple of weeks ago of some incredibly delicious bacon and date empanadas. It’s blah, like most food photos taken in restaurants with an iPhone.
This is the same photo when after I clicked on the “medium” button in SnapDish, and it was automatically altered a bit. The colors are brighter and the food really does look more delicious, which is what the app says it will do for your food.
This is the photo after the original had been imported into iPhoto on my computer, and I used the automatic “enhance” feature. I tried it just to see how well it worked, and I don’t think the enhancement is as much as the SnapDish improvements.
If you take quick photos of the food you eat with your phone and you want to share them with a social network AND you want those photos to look as good as possible, SnapDish seems like it’s the best app for that. It doesn’t, however, give you the ability to crop photos.
Other than the “rare, medium, well-done” feature, SnapDish seems to have one other feature not common on other apps. You can put in recipes of the food in your photos, but the app advises you not to share someone else’s recipes, only your own. So if you make a recipe you found on someone else’s website, you can post of a photo of it, but not a copy the recipe.
With SnapDish you can connect with others who use the app, make comments about their photos and share them, and, as the SnapDish website says, “record your dishes as a life log with elegance and style.” Other apps allow you to do the same.
I don’t think I’ll be leaving the SnapDish app on my iPhone and using it regularly, but I can see why some people who are interested in recording every dish they eat might want to. I do think that I’ll be re-installing it from time to time simply to use the photo-fixing feature that’s one of the better free ones I’ve seen.
Full Article @ MNN

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Facebook expected to release a sexy Snapchat clone

Facebook will reportedly release its own version of Snapchat, the "sexting" app known for its ability to create and send self-destructing mobile photos. Facebook's app is expected to launch before the end of the year.

It might not really matter that Snapchat has been getting a negative rep from the press as of late as a “sexting” app. Sources tell AllThingsD that Facebook has recognized the potential of such a service, plans to release its own adaptation of the popular timed photo and messaging app before the end of the year.

Snapchat, if you’re not familiar with the app, sends messages, photos, and now videos between users that expire after one to 10 seconds. The amount of time that the sent message is on the other person’s phone is entirely up to the sender. It’s become a popular way for teenagers and college students to send “secure” messages. However, if you really wanted to save a specific message, there’s always the option to do a screen grab on your smartphone.

Whatever the case may be, Facebook wants to grab a piece of self-destruct messaging pie. Facebook’s version of Snapchat will live outside of Facebook’s native mobile app as a standalone app much like what the social network has done with Facebook Messenger, Facebook Camera, and others. And the app will reportedly mimic Snapchat’s core features, meaning that users can send timed messages through an interface that’s said to be inherently familiar to existing Snapchat users. Whether video messaging will be supported hasn’t been confirmed. We’ve reached out to Facebook for a comment, and will update this space with any response.

Facebook already has its fair share of mobile messaging products that have been upgraded to reflect the market’s current features in messaging. For example, Facebook has been coming to grips with its potential to compete with SMS text messages, and recognized that to dominate mobile, the social network needs to face off with apps like Whatsapp. To do this, Facebook responded by updating its Android app so users wouldn’t be forced to sign up with a Facebook account. Instead new users can sign up with just a name and a phone number. And then, of course, there’s Instagram, the Facebook-acquired ppp that currently dominates the mobile photo-sharing space.

Full Article @ DT

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Photos Compare Advertised Burgers to Reality

We all know that fast food advertisements of sexy burgers with meat patties dripping flavor sandwiched between immaculate slices of tomatoes, crispy lettuce and fluffy, perfectly toasted buns is: FALSE. Of course, while we all know this (and if you don’t wake up, honey, because the Tooth Fairy ain’t real either), we can’t help but hope for a somewhat attractive burger when we unwrap those soggy sandwiches from the Burger King or Mickey D’s down the street.

Which is why this photo series comparing burgers and tacos from America’s biggest fast food chains is oh-so delightfully fun. Maybe you’ve seen it floating around the internet from a while back; if not, enjoy! Seeing the advertised foods side-by-side by their deflated, less flamboyant counterparts is a hilarity and something to keep in mind next time you order a “juicy” whopper.

More inglorious photos below:







Via Geekologie

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IRIS Camera Concept Could One Day Let You Take Photos by Blinking

Imagine a viewfinder that follows your eye, focuses wherever you look and then snaps a photo when you blink twice. That’s the idea behind IRIS, a new concept by Mimi Zou.

“I was thinking, ‘What’s the middle ground between the convenience of a cameraphone and the performance of a DSLR?’” says Zou, 24, who came up with IRIS as a master’s student at the Royal College of Art in London.

The camera pictured is an ideal version of what Zou hopes to build, although she has developed a slightly larger prototype that’s capable of eye-tracking and taking pictures when you blink. The biggest challenge will be moving the computing functions from her computer to the device itself.

So, what will the finished version hopefully be capable of?

First, as you hold the camera to your eye, it will scan your iris to identify you. As soon as it knows who you are, it will download all of your preferred settings: ISO, aperture, adjustments for conditions like nearsightedness or farsightedness. It also will continuously upload all of your photos whenever you have a Wi-Fi connection.

Zou says her software is so efficient at tracking eye movements that it can focus the camera in real time to record video. Whether or not Zou ever gets the funding she needs to build a working model, it’s hard to imagine someone won’t use similar technology in something like Google’s Project Glass.

All I know is that whoever releases this technology to the public first may have a line of people ready to shove cash at them.


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Choco-fy Your Instagrams with Cocoagraph

As the world continues to eat itself, it only makes sense that we should be able  to print our snapshots of food on squares of chocolate and then eat said  chocolate. Cocoagraph, a Philadelphia-based  company, lets you do just that for $3 to $8.50 a pop, depending on size. (And  the photos can be of anything, mind you. We're just partial to food.)
It's not entirely clear why you would want to eat your pictures of things, but  it does sound useful for some kind of voodoo ritual--nothing says "I curse you"  like gnawing on a picture you took of someone. It's just a matter of time until  jokers with disposable incomes start getting Cocoagraphs made of Instagrams of them eating  Cocoagraphs (ad infinitum/nauseum), or, if they're feeling particularly  uninventive, recreate the Memento movie poster in chocolate and Instagram  that.
[Cocoagraph via Laughing Squid]

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Persona: Share Everything About You in Pictures

We love pictures! We love pictures so much that companies like Instagram and Pinterest have captured our hearts as the go-to places to discover, share, be inspired and learn through visuals. Persona uses the power of photos to describe everything “About You”. It is the app that tells you a hundred things about your friend you may never have thought to ask and at the same time, it tells the world about you. And it does all of this at the speed of sight.


via New Startups

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‘Eat It Don’t Tweet It’ Music Video Mocks Food Pornographers

You know those people who insist on whipping out their smartphones to take photos of everything they eat then immediately share the pictures across social networks? That culinary paparazzi takes a verbal beating in this music video.

Dubbed “Eat It Don’t Tweet It,” the hilarious song tells the story of a smartphone-toting food “connoisseur.” He stumbles upon a grouchy cupcake and lobster that come to life and ridicule him. Undaunted, the avid picture taker wins a trip to appear on a cooking show. His on-air antics get him kicked off the show, but as he’s escorted out, a bear grabs him and ironically snaps a photo before chowing down on human “hipster sashimi.”

“I love good food, but can’t stand when my friends post food porn. For me, it falls into that category of tweeting about mundane crap.”

The Key of Awesome, which parodies all things pop culture, collaborated with American Hipster on “Eat It Don’t Tweet It.” Uploaded Tuesday afternoon, the clip already has 1,400 thumbs-ups on YouTube.

“We’re living in a time when organic, local, artisan food is exploding and hipsterism has gone mainstream,” American Hipster channel director Peter Furia tells Mashable.

“The inevitable byproduct of this is a boom in Instagrammed pics of food porn on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter,” he adds.

Furia, also head of creative at the digital media company Seedwell, sees the song as a “nice musical extension” of the “Is It Local?” skit from TV show Portlandia.

“I love good food, but can’t stand when my friends post food porn,” Furia says. “For me, it falls into that category of tweeting about mundane crap. I’d rather hear about how you just got engaged, ‘Liked’ a Facebook campaign to end hunger, or caught a video of a crazy, naked woman smashing a guy’s windshield.”

The Kolour Kult, an 80s-throwback, electro band, provided the music for “Eat It Don’t Tweet It,” and Key of Awesome actor Mark Douglas played the lead role in the music video.

The American Hipster YouTube channel launched Monday and aims to change the definition of the word “hipster” through a series of 52 weekly episodes that profile trendy young people.

If you can’t get enough of “Tweet It, Don’t Eat It,” check out American Hipster’s making-of video for even more laughs.

Want to sing along? Here are the Lyrics to ‘Eat It Don’t Tweet it’

Life is a dish, best served hot,
And a dish is a book with a menacing plot,
And a plot is a song, dipped in sauce,
That was simmered in a pan with a demi-glaze,
I’m just a kid, in a candy shop,
Of culinary dreams that can’t be stopped,
On a search for the perfect ingredients,
To post on my social medias.


You are pathetic, we’re not photogenic
Hurry it up we’re getting cold,
Come down here and taste us, don’t humiliate us,
No one gives a damn bout what you post


Artisan bread, dipped in artisan cheese,
dipped in artisan nuts, dipped in artisan greens,
Artisan heirloom radicchio,
This carpaccio’s f***ing ridiculo,
A little foie gras and tuna tartare
Black truffle butter chickweed, ha ha ha!
I’m just a guy with a camera,
In your feed with foods as my canvassa,
Lobster bisque buttered lightly
See you in the bowl and need you inside me
I love soup – don’t call me a Nazi
I’m more like culinary paparazzi
Or gastronomic Annie Leibowitz
Can’t see the food, could you move your tits?
It’s unthinkable to dine out and not record it
Want the world to know I can f*cking afford it


Don’t take my picture, don’t put me on twitter
Just get it over with and eat
You could not be dumber, get off of Tumblr
I’m more than just a piece of meat


I want lucious cupcakes but can’t do gluten
Broke out in hives from a mere fig newton
A sick addiction to Ramsey’s kitchen
I can’t stop lickin my television
One day the phone rang, was truly blessed
I won a contest to be on Runway Chef
A show about a model who also makes food
Seemed appropriate, I be in the nude,
She was stuffing and tossing and dripping sauce
I was shooting and looting and gitting lost
In the moment of foregone purity
Got escorted out by security
Walked down the stairs, then out of nowhere
Came a big pretentious grizzly bear
He snapped a pic and then dined on me
Oh what a tale of irony


Don’t take my photo, you brown furry mofo
The pain in my heart is very real
I need a martini, I feel like sashimi
You gave me the raw end of the deal


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