Film swapping is something that has been going on in the analog / film side of photography for a some time. Film swappers shoot film and then send it to someone else, who will then run the already exposed film through their camera. This doubling up makes for 36 exposures of serendipitous goodness. The beauty is that neither party knows what they’re gonna get.
With the release of Dubble for the iOS we can all experience a bit of photographic serendipity with our iPhone pics. The app is used to shoot photos or upload them from the film strip, once the image is in Dubble it will be randomly superimposed with another user’s image.
There is no control over the pairing process as it’s random. It’s an unique way to discover fellow photographers. Once you see a double image that you like you can click on it and see whose image was paired with yours and check out their profile. From their profile you can see their doubled and raw images which leads you onto more users and down the rabbit hole you go!
If you really like a Dubble image you can send it to Twitter or Facebook where it will link back to the Dubble users that created it. If you really don’t like the way a Dubble has turned out, you can delete it.
I am reviewing it on the app’s first day of release so it’s definitely early days, that said it’s really stable even on my iPhone4 (iOS7). I imagine there are a ton of cool features on the way, my top request would be to have the ability to fav images. Also adding people as friend would be nice but maybe that goes against the serendipitous nature of the app?
Give it a spin yourself, it’s free on the Apple App store. I am always lomokev you can find my Dubble profile here. Below are few of my favourite Dubbles so far.