We all have that one friend who is really into photography, and somehow always ends up being the photographer during group shots. Even if you shuffle things around a little, it is not always possible to get the whole group into a single shot, unless you are willing to ask a passerby for help. iPhone apps like eyeReport and Signature Camera take a rather naïve approach towards solving this problem, which is a far cry from actually squeezing every member of the group into a picture. groopic might be offering the best solution to this issue. This iPhone app (update: now on Android as well) lets you capture two photos, both with different people behind the lens, and then combines the two photos automatically, giving the impression that every one posed for the picture at once. As an added bonus, you get some pretty decent photo effects, and the ability to share your group shots directly from the app.
groopic has a really thorough tutorial to help users familiarize themselves with the app’s features and working. You can even watch a video to understand the app’s full potential. You don’t need any sign up or registration in order to use groopic; the app is ready for action as soon as you are done with its tutorial.
The ‘Gallery’ section has a few example images, and all the pictures you snap using the app are saved there, too. There aren’t too many options to configure – just an about section and a help menu in case you forget how to use groopic.
Whenever you are with two or more people and want to get them all in one shot, just leave some empty space for the photographer when you stand. Once one photo has been snapped, some else should take over the camera, while the photographer goes to fill up the space that was previously left empty. groopic shows a shadow of the previous photo overlaid on the viewfinder. Just make sure that everything else in the photo is right where it should be, and the new addition isn’t overlapping anything significant from the previous photo. After you have captured the two photos, groopic asks you to mark the photographers in each snap. A simple tap does the trick.
groopic then stitches the two photos together automatically, resulting in a photo that has everyone in it, including both the photographers who took the two photos. In our experience, the app did its magic quite seamlessly. You can then apply filters on the resulting photo by tapping the wand icon. There aren’t a whole lot of filters on offer, but you still get enough for everyday shots. The end results can be shared over social media, via email, or through SMS.
groopic has recently gone free, but the new price may not be permanent. So, if you are often out with friends and like taking group photos, follow the link and grab this universal app.
Update: groopic is now available on Android as well. We’ve added a link to its Play Store page below.