A new double exposure photography app, Dubble, lets users shoot and upload images which are then matched with a random stranger’s…
Dubble was founded by Adam Scott – a photographer and former MD of Lomography UK – and developers Angelo Semeraro, Ben Joyce and Uldis Pirags. It’s free to download and aims to rekindle the excitement of waiting for analogue film to develop.
“I’m from a photography background and have always loved shooting and developing film. I also used to like doing ‘doubles’ – swapping film with other photographers and developing each others’ pictures,” says Scott.
“I got very into smartphone photography in 2011 and 12 but there was still something missing: that element of surprise when you’re developing film and have no idea how it will turn out. One day, I was walking home from work and thought it would be really good to make an app that brought that experience to smartphones,” he explains.
Dubble isn’t the first app that lets users experiment with double exposure or photo sharing – Rando users can gift and receive images from strangers and Instablend, Mexposure and Camera360 have multiple exposure features – but it’s the first we’ve seen dedicated to social doubling.
The app is still in the early stages of development but it’s easy to use and nicely designed. Photos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and dubble is working on making the app compatible with Flickr and Instagram.
“Angelo [who was responsible for designing the app] is a real app addict and has several years of experience working on user interfaces. The doubling process is quite complex, so we wanted to simplify the app as much as possible. It’s very gesture based – you swipe rather than tap to zoom and share images, as we think people will move away from tapping in future – and it has a flat look like ios7. We started designing dubble at the start of this year, months before ios7 was released, but were really pleased when it came out as the app’s a perfect match for it,” adds Scott.
Random doubling will probably create more bizarre imagery than good, but that’s half the fun of Dubble. Pictures are matched quickly – in just a few seconds, my shot of the bus stop outside my house had been twinned with one of some runners in the Scottish countryside and Washington DC’s Smithsonian Museum – and the caption function allows each photographer to assign a story and hashtag to their picture.
The app isn’t monetised yet, but future plans include paid for extras, follow-up apps and an online store selling photography and smartphone accessories. Scott says he doesn’t want to compete with Instagram or Flickr, and hopes instead that dubble will become “the go to place for creative, collaborative and fun photography.”
It could also prove a useful marketing tool, particularly if group features or functions pairing photos with similar themes or hashtags are introduced.
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of images people have uploaded so far and you can create some really nice work with it,” he says – provided, of course, that it isn’t hijacked by users posting ‘selfies’.
Dubble is free to download from the iTunes app store. For more info visit dubble.me