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ArmsLength: IPhone App for a Better Self-Portrait

Technology + Gear
by Michelle Schusterman Feb 6, 2010
Why buy a bulky attachment to take a self-portrait shot when your iPhone can just tell you where to point?

Taking a self-shot with an iPhone is something many have perfected to an art – getting just the right angle and finding the little camera button on the screen without dropping a $300 phone. The rest of us need a little help.

For serious photographers, there are good, high-quality iPhone camera rigs out there. For drunken shots of you and those guys you just met at the bar at 2am who are so totally your best friends ever, give ArmsLength a try.

This app is pretty entertaining to use. Drag and size the box on the screen to the place in the shot where you want your face or faces, then touch the camera icon on the bottom. Turn the phone so the camera is facing you.

When your face is in the screen, a voice will give you instructions (up, down, left, right, away) until your red eyes and slack-jawed grin are in the box. You get a quick warning (“cheese!”) before the picture is snapped – no pushing or tapping required.

From my experiments, it worked pretty well. I got the best results when I wanted my face closer to the center – moving the box to the corners took awhile longer. The time it takes to get listen to the voice and follow instructions is definitely faster than taking two or three bad shots before getting a good one.

Price: $0.99

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