App of the Week: PiciBooth

PiciBoothTitle: PiciBooth
Cost: Free ($1.99 in app upgrade removes ads)
Platform: iOS

With PiciBooth, you can use your phone as an old-fashioned photobooth. When you begin to take a picture with the app, it will start a countdown to a series of four photos. In between each photo, you have a couple of seconds to strike a new pose or reposition. The idea is to create the same style of photography found in photobooths, so after the photos are taken you are asked to choose between a traditional strip display of four photos in a row or a 2×2 square of photos. In the free version of the app, these photos include a small PiciBooth logo; you can pay $1.99 to have this photo removed.

Once you have taken your photos, you can add effects ranging from frames, to changes in focus, to fixing redeye, to blemish correction and teeth whitening. You can also add stickers (such as silly hats and speech bubbles) to images or turn them into a meme by adding text to the top and the bottom of each image. Additional options are available as paid add-ons within the app, but even the free version offers quite a few editing features, including a package of filters and stickers. All of the editing options are easy to use and follow the same user interface found in other photo editing apps such as Instagram, which will make this app very self-explanatory to fans of those other apps. My only minor complaint about the app is that it is difficult to tell exactly when you are lined up in the frame of the image, but once you learn to correct for this minor idiosyncrasy, it is an entertaining variation on the typical photo app. If combined with the ability to print or email the finished images, this could make it easy for a library to offer a mock-photobooth at their events.

For more app recommendations visit the YALSA App of the Week Archive. If you have an app you think we should review, let us know!

About Carli Spina

Carli Spina is an Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian. She also writes for YALSA's The Hub blog, where she is on the Advisory Board, and for the Lolly's Classroom blog hosted by The Horn Book. Follow her on Twitter to continue the conversation: @CarliSpina.
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