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.
It’s good but I’ve found that there is a lot of ‘meh’ — not all that inspiring to pair my photos with a picture of a keyboard or a bad self-portrait.
I don’t think it’s that bad. If you look at the first 2 pages of my account (18 images) there are 3 I don’t really like but they rest are good with a few jems. It all depends on what you upload, Silhouettes and images with lots of bold color work really well.
how were you able to save the pictures? i chose the setting “save to camera roll” but they don’t appear in my photostream.
I think if you have the save to camera roll option ticked any photos you take using the app will be save to your camera roll before their Dubbled. You want to save your Dubbled pictures you have to picture by picture. When viewing one of your images swipe left to reveal images options, then click the download icon (2nd from the top).
Purchased this app and am dissapointed. It works OK when the scene has very flat, low dynamic range lighting. IF there are any bright areas or white areas, they get blown out with no detail retreivable. This applies even when using exposure compensation at -6 to -8 levels. I tried the app on some white flowers at -8 and no detail could be retained. This make the usefullness of this app very limited.
I wrote this review over 4 years ago when the app was free and very different. I have not used it in a while but I do find that it’s good to have one image that has a very dark part and very light like a silhouette a few of the examples in this post are using silhouettes, double exposures can be quite hit and miss, this app certainly makes it more cost effective and easier than doing it with film.