Slit-Scan Photography on the iPhone – ScanCamera Review
Slit-scanning is a technique that can be applied to both photos and video, where only a slice of light is exposed to the film over a period of time. This process allows for tons of experimental exploration, due to the ability to manipulate and distort each slice to be either in a different space or time. Classical photography only allows one linear capture, but with slit-scan photography it’s like having hundreds of tiny captures making-up one full image. The traditional process of slit-scan photography had been a tedious task to do in the past, with photographers typically having to build special rigs and customizing their cameras. Thanks to modern-technology we can now experiment, without having the technical expertise or equipment. ScanCamera by Studio-307, promises to streamline this process and create slit-scan images straight from our iPhones. Let’s take a look at ScanCamera for iOS:
The Epitome of Experimental Photography.
– Easier and more efficient than traditional slit-scan methods.
– Perfect app for anyone who loves experimental photography.(Make everything from complete abstract to awesome distorted images.)
– Capture images at 1920 x 1080 and/or at up-to 6x that size! (Make the canvas alot larger, which means longer scanning times.)
– Scan fast moving objects, with adjustable frame-rates from 30fps, 60fps and 240fps. (Depending on which model of iPhone you have.)
– Create cool, huge and unique non-linear panoramic photos. (Start scanning from the middle of the frame outward.)
– Adjust the scanner width, with 7 different sizes. (Smaller sizes are less jagged, while bigger sizes capture bigger chunks of the image.)
– Adjustable scanner direction. (Scan From top to bottom, bottom to top, Left to right, bottom and top to center, etc.)
– For an extra $1.99 USD you can buy the video module, which allows you to import videos. (Create slit-scan style, time-displacement videos.)
– Seems to use the video recording feature of the iPhone rather than the photography feature, which prevents from capturing higher-res/quality images. (You can increase the canvas size, but that doesn’t increase image quality.)
After discovering slit-scan photography, my first thought was to go on the AppStore to see if there were any slit-scan camera apps to play around with. I experimented with a few free slit-scan apps, but most required making an in-app purchase in-order to export the image. Eventually, I came across ScanCamera, which really caught my attention, due to the fact you can make images up to 3840 x 12960! Using the app was simple enough, but the real challenge was to learn how to utilize the app. At first I was only creating completely abstract images, but I wanted to create things a bit more recognizable. I learnt the trick is to capture a solid-base of whatever your subject is and slowly move the iPhone to begin creating the distortion. Overall, I didn’t really have any issues with this app, it works exactly how you’d want it and I’d easily recommend this to any photographer.
ScanCamera is the perfect app for anyone looking to explore the realm of experimental photography.. Not only can it do basic slit-scan imaging, but it also has a bunch of different features you can combine together to get tons of different effects. Highly Recommended!
Gallery of Slit-Scan Images (With color-grading):
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