Feuer frei!

8 06 2013

Feuer frei!
is a song by German industrial metal band Rammstein. ‘Feuer frei’ is used in German military language and means ‘fire at will’ or ‘open fire’.

According to my pacifistic attitude let’s fire with iPad’s or iPhone’s camera.
So nobody is hurt except the memory of your device.

The app I want to talk about is the app Fast Camera by i4Software, USA.
It’s a universal app (pay once and use on all your iOS devices).

I stumbled upon this app while reading Andrew Douchy’s blog about iPad Microscopy where you can find one of the many applications.

The features …

See these screenshots which show you the main features of Fast Camera.
The picture basically summarizers my last visit to my 2nd residence.

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Manual Controls on the screen help to set the focus, exposure and white balance by freely moving the controls to the objects of interest and lock them. This means that exposure, focus or white balance are adjusted based upon where you drag the controls on the screen. Drag the f (focus) control over a near or far object to change the focus. Drag the + – (exposure) icon over a dark area to lighten the image or over a light area to darken the image. Drag the wb (white balance) control to an area with different lighting like sunlight or fluorescent and lock.

Some stats …

It lasts 180 sec to fire 500 shots (2.8 photos/sec).
500 shots use 729 MB of memory (1.45 MB/photo when using the 5 Megapixel resolution).

It’s obvious that the sharpness of photos get worst the faster you move the camera. That’s because the automatic adjustment of iPad and iPhone is too slow to follow nearly 3 photos per second.

Applications …

As I already mentioned Andrew found an impressive application of this app by taking photos through a usual microscope.

One of the main purposes of Fast Camera is to keep your primary camera roll or photo library free from images you don’t want. Taken images are saved in the app specific data folder. Fast Camera allows you to select only the images you want to keep, save those to your camera roll and delete the rest.

Here is a sequence taken with iPad from my TV.

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You can also select a sequence of images to export as a video. This works great for time lapse and stop motion animation videos but you can even use it to turn 100 photos of your child into a memorable video. When you tap SAVE and choose ‘Export Images as a Video’ you will be able to select from various resolution and frame rate options. Use 24fps and 30fps for time lapse and stop motion videos and use 1 fps or even 1 frame per 2 seconds to create memorable slide-show style videos. You can also choose forward or reverse for some funny effects. It’s recommended to experiment with the different video export options.

Happy and peaceful shooting!

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