I’ve said before that I really like the large aperture, depth of field shots that the HTC One M8 can deliver using its Duo camera setup. One thing about this feature has always been that the toggling and playing around with the Duo Camera setup has been limited to you on your smallish smartphone screen and not really being able to show the image tinkering to anyone else unless they’re peering over your shoulder.
That changed today with the release of the latest version of the HTC Gallery App, which now allows Duo Camera Sharing. The way you’d normally post and share duo camera pics is to play around with the depth of field, and then save that pic to gallery.
Now with Duo Camera Sharing you don’t have to do that, you just use a new share icon that lives on the top right hand corner of the image you’re editing and you can post immediately to any of your social networks or share via a myriad of outbound communication tools.
The most interesting aspect of Duo Camera Sharing is the ability to send just an automatically generated link to any of your friends or to post on your social pages. This link opens up in a browser and lets the recipient play around with the shot, changing where the focus point is situated and potentially come up with their own version of the picture.
The viewer could then save the image themselves, or even embed the Ufocus shot into their own blog or site.
This takes casual photography to another interesting level where the pics aren’t just for consumption, but also for interaction and engagement. And the process for Duo Camera Sharing is really simple, from shot to browser.
Here’s the Duo Camera Sharing link to that image I took in the segment above: https://duoeffectsgallery.htc.com/host/0Bxwg6dj-up6CMm1OcWFtS2NPNTQ
And here’s the same image embedded on this page.
This is the foregrounder image:
I like the ability to share certain pics for creativity – similar to Google Photo Sphere shots, but without the much more arduous setup and Google Plus linkage.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be using both the publish feature within the edit mode, as well as the Duo Camera Sharing link for mates to poke and prod images I think are worthwhile.