As smartphone cameras become more powerful, in this the age of always on connectivity, and every man and his dog sharing on social networks, a term was coined, “the Citizen Journalist”. World changing events get recorded through the eyes of everyday people and broadcast to the world as they happen. There’s a new breed of social sharers emerging now, due to photo editing and sharing apps focused on mobile users like Instagram, that I like to refer to as “Citizen Artists”. With a good eye and a bevy of photo editing apps available for all smartphone platforms, people want a way to share their creations with their friends, or for that matter the world.
The service is already well established, with a sizeable amount of members and thousands of photos online. It’s clean and fluid, if you were a traditional photographer, digital, it would be as easy to use from a PC as it is from your device. Of course the Windows Phone app was the most recently released, and that’s really what I’m concerned with here.
It’s a social app and it’s on the web, so every time you open it, navigate around it, upload pictures you are eating up data, so one tip is to reduce the image capture size in the native camera settings to save a bit. Again the app is very clean and easy to get around, it hooks into your location to help create/tag albums and photos with ease.
You can add your own of course, but having pre-sets like this makes it more natural and quick, adding ease to those spur of the moment shots. Shots don’t have to be taken in the moment though, any image from the phone, or an online album and bring it into the app to edit and upload to EyeEm.
There’s a range of filters that you can apply to images, about twelve in all, but there’s nothing to stop you editing images with other apps before you share them through EyeEm. Not only can you share the images up to the web portal, you can add them to Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr and Flicker. Not automatically, you can select a combination of those sites for every image, or you can share whole albums at a time, via email as well.
It’s a very simple and intuitive app to use, and once you start to look around the albums you get more of an idea what you can do with it, it starts you looking for photo opportunities as you wend your way through the day. EyeEm is free, and more than a little bit addictive, and really worth a try if you have an artistic bent.