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Streetmate – Updated!

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Streetmate has just received a huge update, straight from the Press Release: ‘Streetmate is for ones who love shooting photos and making stories using camera rather than snapping random objects and then constantly tweak it until it subject inside gets unrecognizable. We believe that Streetmate will bring back photographic experience to people who enjoy making photos most of all.

>    In the early days Robert Capa would grab his Leica camera with 36 exposure film and think twice before shooting each photo. As a result he made some photographic masterpieces without editing and selecting favorites from three hundred photos. Think about it—masterpieces from 36 film roll without editing them even once. That’s because he was making photographs and documenting stories while shooting them.

# How it works?

Dead simple. No editing, no distraction from job and joy of photography. Streetmate allows you to set photo style before you start shooting, think about it like loading a film roll: if you load 36 exposure ISO 800 black and white film that’s what you’ll have during following 36 shots. That’s it. Start shooting and making stories. Plus, Streetmate’s roll is not limited to 36 exposures.

Streetmate is street photography camera for story makers and photo-enthusiasts. What you shoot is what you get as a final image — exactly like on classic rangefinder film camera.

While developing Streetmate we’ve analyzed many types of films and classic photos and created photo styles that match app perfectly. All your photos are treated with respect and no quality is lost while processing. None of Streetmate’s photo styles add fake film dusts, light leaks or any artificial extras at all!

Click here to download from the Apple App Store

 

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# There is one more thing…

It’s social! But, and this is big BUT. User’s can not import 3rd party photos into network, all photos are only from Streetmate app, thus guaranteeing clean and curated social experience. All photos you’ll see on the network will be about photography and stories.

After you shoot a story containing bunch of photographs, you probably want to share it, because stories are meant to be shared. Guess what? We’ve created a social network full of people just like you with their own stories and everything is built-in to Streetmate, so even if you don’t shoot anything that day, there is a reason to peak in and discover many interesting stories from people you follow’.

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

14 replies on “Streetmate – Updated!”

Does not play well with ipad3. A few typos in the the app itself. You have to register before using the app on the iPad.
Could be fun…but as of now no fun.
I would like to see what others using it on an iPhone experience.

It’s not clear form this article the way the camera actually works:

You choose your film, fine. There are 2 free ones and 3 in-app purchase ones, all pretty nice.

Then you shoot. You can’t review a single shot until you commit to complete your “Story”. Then you can review the images you shot inside the app. To actually get anything on your camera roll, you need to publish the Story to their online sharing service. Ridiculous.

Don’t inflict and artificial constraint of “film rolls” on me. It’s a digital camera. I frequently only get a chance to shoot 2 or 3 photos a day. I’d like to pick maybe the best and share them myself from my camera roll to Instagram or Flickr. Maybe even to Streetmate’s own service. But, please, I need to access even one photo as soon as I’d like to.

Too bad, since the in-app color film (which I bought) looks very nice.

I wrote to the developer early about these issues and with all the complaints it appears he is releasing and update very soon that will give us back full resolution saving and the ability to publish a private story that is not shared with the community. Although I’d like to have the ability to selectively save and publish images shot this is a step in the right direction.

I understand and honestly quite like the idea of shooting film roll style and seeing what I got after an entire day. This is meant to encourage a slower shooting process, taking the time to frame a shot that will stand on its own without the need for further apping or post processing. It’s just refreshing and nostalgic and makes me use a more artistic and critical eye.

So streetmate isn’t for everyone and even I’m a little skeptical about the social aspect being forced upon users but I have been missing its sexy deep contrasty film-like results and have already posted 7 stories so check me out @mikro

I have installed on my mini an old version and it’s a fantastic app.
I don’t have from AppStore any update of this app so I think it’s a different app.
Reading this comments I’ll let my full-working-simple-and no social fuss app without downloading the new one 🙂

I too have the original streetmate saved in iTunes and loaded on and old iPhone 4. I used to use it a lot but it would crash often and I just abandoned it in favor of Mpro. Mpro is great but doesn’t have that same feel to it. After a frustrating few days with the new version I honestly wish the developer would just loose the social piece and return the app to just being a solid shooter with the great Leica aesthetic that its known for. Most of us already have way too many social sites to keep up with already and being forced into one with not much content to offer makes me just want to choose another app to shoot with. I really do love the results this app produces but with no control over my content it just too much of a hassle.

Thanks, Mike. Good to hear about the potential updates.

I think the shooting UI and the film settings are very good. I even bought one of the color films.

I won’t use it if forced to post. And although the idea of “Stories” is interesting, sometimes I just need to take (and see/post) a single photo. I don’t need an artificial construct to allow me to focus on a day’s shooting. Many times I don’t look at my photos till the end of the day; yet sometimes I need to. An app should enable me to shoot the way I choose.

Hello guys,

Thanks for your feedback and purchases. I really appreciate it! I would like to go over few aspects here:

Social part, I deeply believe that controlled social network of enthusiast only will encourage people shoot great photos and give inspiration to take truly great photos, and not a hamburger portraits. Streetmate’s network closed, which means that you can not any other photo from any other app. Just have a look in other popular social camera app’s explore sections. How much of them are made with that particular app? How much of the are great photographs? I promise that Streetmate’s network will be always closed for third party apps and “photoshoped” photos.

I submitted new update on Monday, thus it will be available these days (maybe even today) and it has following new features.

– Private posts. Private posts will still publish you photos won’t show those to anyone except you. Think about it as a “Save to Camera Roll” only function. You still have photos online, but only for you.

– Full-resolution photos. Those will work only for you camera roll. Please bare in mind that we are two-men band who did everything and with social part we have to pay for services costs as-well, thus at this moment we can not provide full-resolutionphotos in network as-well. Maybe in future, but now “Camera roll” will always have full-res photos though.

I’m glad you like how photos looks, I did my best to provide quality over toy-camera style photos. At the same time I’m sorry to hear many complains about app being social.

Thanks,
Toto

Thanks for the info. I agree with your strategy for curating the social posts and limiting it to posts from the app. Nice idea.

If you’re concerned about bandwidth for the social postings (which makes perfect sense), why not just let us assemble a story from shots we have chosen from our shoot, and the post only those? I can see shooting 20 photos but realizing only 10 were needed to tell the story. Sounds like the new system requires me to post all 20, either as “private” or all 20 as public. Would be a better use of space to allow me to save all 20 to camera roll and then choose the 10 to share publicly. IMO.

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