Traditional selfies are ideal for snapping a flattering profile pic, but less so when users want to capture images of themselves in their surroundings
. With Frontback
, users can take pictures with their front- and back-facing cameras simultaneously and combine the images to give their selfies context
. This month-old iPhone app, launched by the creators of storytelling app Checkthis
, has been downloaded more than 200,000 times and boasts a following of tech influencers
including Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. Its creators plan to develop Frontback into its own comprehensive social network, complete with member profiles and search functionality for finding and following other users.
takes photos using both of the iPhone’s cameras and stitches the two pics together to create one double-sided image
. Referring to the end result as a “subtle selfie,” creator Benjamin Lotan
suggests that the app reduces the narcissism of traditional selfies by taking some of the emphasis off the photographer to reveal his or her place in a surrounding landscape. While most Dblcam users do indeed include themselves in one half of the photo, they can also opt to flip their phone to create artistic image mashups
that play off the dividing line
that differentiates one pic from the other.
The physical cameras of the future
may allow people to be both shutterbug and subject, capturing not just photos but also the photographer’s experience of taking them. In the meantime, yet another iPhone app is simulating this two-sided photographic experience. With DuoCam
, users can take photos via their phone’s front and rear cameras with just one click. They can then arrange the two shots side-by-side, with a frame effect, or even superimposed to create a visually interesting overlay. Similar to Frontback and Dblcam, DuoCam allows users to add text and geotags
, and to share their modified images across social media.