It's no secret that people love taking and sharing photos with their friends on social media. In fact in 2013, Facebook reported that users upload an average of 350 million photos every day. This statistic demonstrates one of the truly amazing things about living in the digital age: the ability to shoot (not to mention store) a virtually unlimited amount of photos. While photographers of a different generation endured the cumbersome and time-consuming process of shooting and developing film stock, today's average smartphone user can capture, create and share photos in a matter of seconds. But with so much noise on social media, you may be looking for a way to make your photos truly stand out.
We all have have that "one friend" who can't eat a meal without photographing it from multiple angles, maximizing fomo from their social media disciples. (Pro tip: if you don't have that friend...you may be that friend.) Sharing photographs of our day-to-day experiences has become ubiquitous across many social platforms. But are all the photos we see online really that interesting?
Actual footage of me pretending to care about the desert you ordered.
But on rare occasions when you manage to capture a great photo that just needs a little punching up, an exciting app called Prisma may be just what you need to create a pleasing and artful image that will delight your online community.
Prisma can take your photos and transforms them into eye catching artwork. Unlike the decorative filters found in Instagram, Prisma actually reimagines your photos as works of art. This powerful app uses neural networks and artificial intelligence to translate ordinary photos into the stylings of Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. (Prisma.)
The results can be absolutely stunning.
The Prisma interface is simple and straight forward. It allows users take a photo within the app or choose one from an existing album. Once a photo is selected, the user is presented with several different style options. If the app feels a tad sluggish when toggling styles, keep in mind that it is not simply adjusting the photo's color balance and tone map the way Instagram filters do. Rather, Prisma throws a massive amount of computing power at your photos, some handled on-device and some via cloud computing. When it's finished, the resulting photo is artistically altered, high resolution and available for export or sharing in other applications.
Here are some before & after photos I've created using Prisma:
If you're looking for a way to add some "pop" to your ordinary camera roll before posting it to social media, definitely check out Prisma.