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Hands-on with JOBY Frame X Frame Stop Motion App

Hands-on with JOBY Frame X Frame
Text, Images and Video by Allison Gibson

The recently introduced JOBY Frame X Frame camera app for iPhone is a fun and easy tool for capturing stop motion video—and it’s free, to boot. JOBY calls the capture process “one button,” which is true if you go with the default options, but there are a few additional steps in the menu before shooting if you’d like to customize your animation. Still, the app is very intuitive and produces great results. The app also offers geotagging (by automatically attaching exif data to your pictures), and allows you to instantly share your creations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

How it Works

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Frame X Frame stitches together captured frames to create the illusion of movement in a stop motion video. The app allows you to choose different interval times (from one second all the way to one day), number of shots (1 – 2,000) and frames per second (20 – .5) in order to customize your video. It also automatically tells you how long the resultant video will end up being when it’s complete. You can also choose between continuous or manual shutter, but as you might imagine, the continuous option offers consistent results with a lot less work.

In Use


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The two issues that you need to consider before you capture your stop motion video are: time and camera shake. In regards to time, I am referring to the fact that in order to capture a decent length video you need to have several spare minutes to wait while the timed shots are taken. In the JOBY Frame X Frame promo video, they recommend reading, dancing and finger-tapping as helpful ways to pass time.

Even the most steady-handed among us will likely incur a little camera shake when shooting hand-held, especially given that you will need to hold the camera steady for a good chunk of time to get the most of the effect. To combat camera shake, JOBY recommends using a GorillaPod—which is not very surprising considering that they manufacture the product, but it is in fact a useful tool. With that said, all of the test videos that I made were shot during impromptu moments—walking at the beach, riding on a boat out on the lake, or hanging out in Downtown LA—and as much as JOBY would probably prefer that I keep my GorillaPod on my person at all times, I do not. So, all of my videos were shot hand-held. In some cases the camera shake is pretty obvious and in others not so much. The biggest disadvantage of shooting hand-held was that I was unable to capture longer videos because, frankly, I became uncomfortable and impatient. These issues cannot be blamed on the app, however.

The app offers a one-touch Anti-Shake option, which is what accounted for the relative stillness of my sample videos, but you’re better off using a tripod of some kind to get a steady, long shot.

Get Frame X Frame for free in the iTunes app store.

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iPhone Photography Tips from Unplggd

Check out “5 iPhoneography Tips & Tricks” over at Unplggd.

image via Unplggd

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© Keith Skelton – Chiaroscuro Photo Workshops

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Mamiya Announces Leaf Capture Remote iPhone App

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From Mamiya:

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Apps for the Apple iPhone®, especially those designed specifically for photographers, have proven incredibly creative and useful.  One that has been welcomed by studio photographers is Mamiya’s Leaf Capture Remote for the new Mamiya DM system. This app transforms an Apple iPhone® or iPod® Touch into a remove image viewer.

This is the first application to permit real-time, on-set remote viewing of medium format images, enabling instant feedback on any shot.

Now, while the photographer is shooting in a tethered mode, other people on set – the creative director, client, stylist, etc. – can watch via a standard Wi-Fi network, without hindering the movement of the photographer or crowding around one monitor. The images are hi-res and the software allows viewers to pan and zoom using their compatible Apple device.

Leaf Capture Remote application version 1.0 is free and available now for download from Apple’s iPhone App Store. It supports any Mamiya DM or DL medium format digital system.  Additional information on installation and setup of the server application is available through the Leaf Capture software link at www.Mamiya.com.

The Mamiya DM system of DSLR kits and Digital Backs offers photographers the ultimate in big-sensor image quality at very affordable prices. With models offering 22, 28, 33, and 56 megapixels, the Mamiya DM system continues to make Mamiya the brand of choice for today’s top professional photographers.

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Midweek Photo News Roundup- 9/2

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photo © Nicholas Routzen (as seen in Digital Photographer)

It’s Wednesday afternoon and all that most people can think about is how many days, hours, minutes remain until the weekend. But not you, you’re a photographer! You’re never bored, but are always plotting your next photo shoot or researching the new D-SLR you’ve had your eye on. We’re right there with you, friend. To keep the wild world of photography on your mind midweek, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening in it lately.

- Nicholas Routzen (New York-based fashion photographer featured in DP spring 2009) shot a spread for the current issue of Nylon Magazine.

- FotoMuse announced their iPhone application to make artistic edits to snapshots in-phone ($2.99 in the iTunes app store).

- Epson announced the Stylus Pro 3880 Printer, which produces gallery-quality color and black-and-white prints up to 17 x 22-inches.

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