Camera51 photo app for Android helps you take your best shot
Judging from the sheer volume of mobile photo shooting and editing apps for iOS and Android, it’s fair to say that people are obsessed with making their smartphone pictures look better and more interesting.
But what if there was a shooting app that specialized in helping you take better photos from the outset? That’s the idea behind Camera51, a free Android app that offers onscreen help with composition. Why composition? Because if your photo does not say anything, or says it poorly, it doesn’t matter if the white balance or exposure or focus is correct.
“Today, a normal picture is defined by the lighting and the auto focus — composition is not touched,” said Shir Baor, Camera51’s co-founder and CEO. “Unlike other camera apps, it can see all the objects, faces, shapes and lines in real time and it gives you guidance according to composition rules. This is a brand new technology. We are the first ones to do auto composition.”
Camera51’s algorithm, which operates with both front and rear facing cameras, and with both stills and video, works to ensure that your photos are composed correctly. As you shoot, a series of onscreen animations directs where to aim the camera and whether to move back or zoom in to the subject to help novice shooters, and even more experienced ones, deliver the most pleasing composition.
But you don’t have to leave everything up to the app. You can also manually select up to three objects in the frame by tapping on the screen, and the app will direct you to the best composition based on your focus points.