This whole “selfie” phenomenon has just got to go. How many people do you know with one of those top-down, slightly angled pictures of themselves used as their profile image for just about everything? The front-facing camera may have made it easier to snap pictures you are in, but they’ve turned everyone into self-centered paparazzi.
Camera Plus was recently updated to include support for the iPad, but that’s not the biggest news. You can use one device to take pictures with another using AirSnap. Now, those selfies won’t look so staged…AirSnap works similarly to the way AirDrop works. When the app is open on two different devices, you can connect them by selecting the AirSnap feature on one device and accepting the request on the other. Camera Plus uses Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7 that uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The best part is, you don’t need to be in the same Wi-Fi network but just needs to be in the Wi-Fi range! This is exactly how AirDrop works.
For example, if you and your honey are out and about in the city, but don’t want to ask a stranger to take a snapshot of the two of you eating giant corndogs, set one iPhone as the remote and the other as the camera and position the latter at some distance from you.
Then, tap the big trigger button on the iPhone that you chose to be the remote. It will trigger the shutter on the camera iPhone and snap a pick of the two of you taking a bite at the same time.
In AirSnap, you can remotely rotate the camera between front and back facing. You can also turn the flash on or off and switch to video mode for selfie style YouTube clips. You can also adjust the volume of that irritating shutter sound effect, just in case you are in a quiet place or just hate fake camera sounds.
Then, when you’ve gotten the perfect remote shot, you can edit your images. Using the device that acted as the camera, select the picture you wish to use to reveal the editing options. Tap the “Pix’d” button to automatically enhance a photo. Select “Edit” to add filters, adjust brightness and contrast, add text, and crop the image.
When you are done, save a copy and share it directly to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Instagram. You can also send it through text, email, or AirDrop. If you want to keep your photos a secret from prying eyes, purchase the privacy feature to lock them down with a passcode. Just be sure to delete the originals from your photo app.
Camera Plus is available on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for $0.99. Download it in the App Store today.
Disclosure from iDB’s Editor in Chief: Camera Plus recently sponsored an episode of Let’s Talk iOS, but this didn’t influence our decision to cover the app today. AirSnap is a pretty neat and unique feature that deserves some attention.