Want to see what you would look like as an outlaw from the 1800s? With Mugshot Yourself, you can!
It’s a simple web app that takes your portrait and combines it with the face of an actual New York City criminal from 1864. You can provide a photo using your webcam, by uploading one, or by selecting a Facebook profile picture.
Instagram is a photo sharing service based around instant photo sharing and viewing, so why not take advantage of its real-time nature for gauging the “pulse” of a city?
This is Now is an awesome new website that shows you a live view of the world through the eyes of Instagram users.
Ascii Street View is a web app by programmer Peter Nitsch that converts Google Street View panorama photos into ASCII art in real time. Load up the app and type in your address to see your location displayed as colorful characters. There’s also a “green” option that produces images that are reminiscent of The Matrix.
Ascii Street View (via Laughing Squid)
If you regularly send emails containing links to your photographs, perhaps you’ve wondered whether the recipients actually viewed your images like they say they did. Was It Viewed? is a website that helps you easily make your links trackable. Simply provide the link and your email address for notification purposes, and the app will generate a special link you can send out. Whenever the link is clicked, you’ll receive an email notification informing you of the fact (along with some details about the clicker). For added stealthiness, the app can also package your link inside a bit.ly shortened link to hide the fact that it’s tracked.
Was It Viewed? (via Lifehacker)
Idan Shechter, the guy behind Camera Size, has launched a new website for photographers who understand sizes better through visual comparisons than through specs and figures. Sensor Size is a website that offers quick visual comparisons of sensors found in popular digital cameras. Select the cameras you want to check out from a couple of drop-down menus, and the sensors are displayed in relative sizes next to each other. You can also stack the images or display them in a 3D overlay for a better view.
When Picnik bit the dust several months back, it handed the web-editor baton, in large part, over the the Aviary photo editor. Since then Aviary has been running on all cylinders making consistent improvements and otherwise trying to get you to forget about that one Pic-something editor — and it doesn’t look like the company will be stopping any time soon. Having launched full-blown Android and iOS apps less than two weeks ago, Aviary has now secured $6-million in capital from several different investors, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Read more…
The Image Language is a simple web app that lets you “write with images”. Feed it a chunk of text, and it turns each words into the top image result on Google Images. The image above shows what this paragraph looks like when fed through the system.
The Image Language (via Laughing Squid)
Livestreaming events on YouTube is becoming commonplace, but besides the experience of being there, the one thing that livestreams don’t provide is a way to take pictures and remember the event. When you’re there you’re taking video or snapping a shot, when you’re on your couch you’re watching video and, at best, grabbing a few screenshots — not the most effective method. Read more…
Virtual Lighting Studio is an awesome new free studio lighting simulator that doesn’t require any installation — you use it directly in your browser. It offers a large number of options for customizing your setup (e.g. number of lights, light type, gel, positioning) and the result is updated in real-time on the virtual model’s head.
Virtual Lighting Studio (via Strobist)
If you’ve always wanted to be an astronaut photographer shooting images of Earth from a window of the International Space Station, Stratocam is an app for you. Created by Paul Rademacher, it allows you to snap your own photographs inside Google Maps’ satellite view of our planet. You can also view and rate other people’s photos, and browse the highest rated images from around the world.