FocusTwist: boost your iPhone photography with refocusable photos

By , Apr 24, 2013

FocusTwist 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenstot 004)

There is no such thing as too many photography apps. Being an avid iPhone photography fan, I’ve found that every single photography app I downloaded from the App Store – and boy did I download ton of these – serves a slightly different purpose, letting me go the extra mile adding something unique to my photos.

Enter FocusTwist, a new iPhone application from Arqball which gives you ability to capture your snaps now and focus later. The software achieves refocusable photography by taking several images rapidly, each at a different focus setting.

The clever software then combines those snaps into a single image that can be posted online for your friends to interactively refocus later…

To start capturing, just tap on a desired foreground object. The capture process takes a few seconds. The program lets you review the multiple images captured so you can define your focus points. From there, the resulting data goes up into the cloud where the actual focus shifting is being carried out.

FocusTwist 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenstot 002)

Developers caution users to hold their device three to five inches away from the foreground object for optimal results. In a similar fashion, your background object should be something else at least five or more inches further away.

You should also try to keep the device and everything in the scene still during capture. Your best option is a tripod for your iPhone. Or, you could lay the device onto a flat surface to minimize shaking.

FocusTwist 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenstot 003)

After taking a refocusable image, you can share it on Twitter.

People clicking the source link will be taken to a special web page containing what they call a ‘twist,’ basically the image that can be interacted with by clicking on different parts to refocus.

Needles to say, scenes with multiple elements will yield best results – the stuff like food and toys, buildings and nature and other scene types with pronounced depth.

The app also has a feed of recent twists taken by other users and you can have your twist considered for the feed by applying the #focustwist tag when sharing on Twitter.

Here, check out the promo video.

To learn more about the app, visit the official web page where you can also interact with a few example twists.

FocusTwist will run you two bucks a pop for your iPhone and iPod touch devices. Unfortunately, iPads are not supported natively at this stage.

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  • http://twitter.com/Kevinfest Kevin

    This is great, but the pictures can’t be exported to the camera roll. You can only view them through the app itself or the special link they sent you so that others may look at it.

    • Paul Dunahoo

      My thoughts exactly.

    • http://thedevicedr.wordpress.com/ thedevicedr

      According to the app’s page in the App Store, an update to version 1.1 on 4/22/2013 contains “+ Ability to save images to Camera Roll”. But reviews seem to indicate that it only saves the primary shot. I guess that would make sense, given that the app itself (or their cloud-based server for Twitter images) is probably doing the rendering of the multiple focal points; the iPhone’s camera roll likely doesn’t have the ability to replicate the effect.

  • http://twitter.com/N_2the_ATE Nate

    App looks cool. Just looked it up in the App Store and almost threw up when I saw the icon.

    • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

      Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…

      • http://twitter.com/N_2the_ATE Nate

        Didn’t I saw app looks cool? Never did I saw app looks like crap, and the icon looks like crap too.

      • Anon

        The icon is the cover…. OLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      • http://twitter.com/wamid Mohammed Shehab

        what he said is “the book is great but the cover is ugly.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539480065 Leslie Kwan

        He judged the cover, not the book.

  • Rsingaby

    LYTRO camera in an app!!

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    “The magic” of this app is that it captures around 10 jpg images. Not a bad idea but i doubt a lot of people are going to be thrilled to upload 10 8MP over 3G/4G.