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New Groopic App Adds Missing Photographers to Group Photos

By Anthony Thurston on July 10th 2013

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You know that age old problem, who is going to take the group picture? Usually it is answered by the person who least likes getting their picture taken, or by the best photographer in the group. Well a new iOS app called Groopic was released today which has taken aim at fixing that problem so that everyone can be in the picture, no matter who takes it.

You may have done this before with images from your professional camera, cut yourself out and place yourself in the group photo (in photoshop for example). The gist of the app is that one person takes a picture of the group and then one of the other members of the group gets up to take a picture with the previous photographer with the rest of the group, then the app merges the two images to make a seamless group photo.

You can see it in action via the demo video below.

This looks like a promising app for the casual smartphone group photo. Obviously I would not use this for anything professional, but for the casual family smartphone photo this could be a great help.

There have been some comments regarding how easy it is to get the end image to turn out correctly. One person mentioned having to try 10 or more times to get a good final shot. As with any app it will likely take some practice.

You can learn more about the app and download it from their website groopic.com, or download directly from the Apple App Store.

What are your thoughts on this new app? Do you see yourself using it at your next group outing? Let us know in a comment below. 

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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