This article reviews the app EyeEm, “a community and a market place for real photographers”. Often compared with other social network websites, such as Instagram and Flickr, EyeEm allows you to share your photographs with a creative community, edit them with filters and other tools, compete against other users, and, more recently, it begun to offer you the chance of selling your photos on the EyeEm Market.
The app is arranged in four tabs in a very simple way:
- Discovery: It’s where we get to know the albums, photographers and trends;
- Following: On this tab we can follow our friends as well as albums and photographers we like the most.
- Missions: In this area we can promote our work, win awards, and appreciate new photos from the community members.
- Profile: Here wen can edit our profile
Besides the four tabs above mentioned, the app also offers the resources apps like these usually have.
- There’s a button on the screen bottom which is responsible for adding or deleting photos to the album;
- A research button;
- and a button on the top right responsible for the news feed.
These three buttons are present on every tab. The only exception to this, it is the profile tab–where we can add photos, read the news feed, search for friends via email invitation or Facebook and Twitter accounts; and, last but least, threre’s also a button responsible among other things for the settings. We find the same old menus on the settings section, but we would like to call your attention to the profile edition and the opportunity to choose the social network we want to connect to our account.
The process of adding photos is simple, and it is done on 4 steps:
- First, we click on the camera and decide whether we want to pick a picture from the gallery (or from Dropbox, etc.) or if we want to take a new one.
- Editing the picture is what comes next, and the editing process on the app deserves a special mention here because of the app’s editing tools and filters. On the top we can find three icons. The first is responsible for adjusting the image if necessary (for example, cutting it, align it, etc.). On the second icon we can find what it considered by most users the most important tool –the filters–where there are 24 filters available, categorized in 6 groups: Fresh, Soft, Urban, Life, Vintage, B&W. On the third icon we can find a reasonably complete set of editing tools, where contrast, exposition, distinctness, frame, among other things, can be changed.
- The third and forth step are about tagging respectively a place and legend to the picture.
Recently the app made it available for users the opportunity to sell their photos on the EyeEm Market–which was made possible thanks to a team-up with Getty Images. EyeEm claims that the terms and conditions of contract are fair, simple and transparent to any user of the service. However, it does not exempt you from reading it carefully, especially the articles about the rights of authorship and the amount of money due to the company from the sellings.
We can notice there are similarities between EyeEm, Instagram, and Flickr. The EyeEm’s interface is similar to the Flickr’s. However, the fact it was designed for mobile devices brings to mind the similarities with Instagram.
But these apps are different when one brings to mind content as criterion of comparison. Instagram is usually known for being an app where users can follow their friends, and register important events and their everyday life on pictures taken with smartphones. On the other hand, Flickr is a service to users who are concerned with photo techniques and artistry, and the pictures are shot with professional or amateur cameras. On its turn, EyeEm falls between both platforms,
Despite being a mobile platform, where the smartphone camera is a constant medium, from the technical point of view the photos in this community are usually more advanced that those from Instagram, making the content similar to those found on Flickr.
The EyeEm strongest point is the fact of being a simple, mobile platform, in which one can make their work to be known by many thanks to the community of photographers, the missions, and the chance of selling the pictures on EyeEm Market. Besides that we have the opportunity to get to know the work of others and be inspired by them.
We didn’t notice any change on the cell’s performance when using the app. The very same thing can be said about battery: there was no change in the battery consumption while we were using it.
There are many apps and websites which offer social/photo network services. This makes things harder to just pick one; and sometimes it’s a little tiny detail which makes us to decide which app or website is the best for us. So, the best politics is to always give it a try. EyeEm is one of these apps which personal preferences make a huge difference, and what might be a weak point for some people, it may be a strong one for others. On EyeEm we have a vast community of photographers, promoting their best pictures; a place where you can promote your pictures, giving a huge visibility to them thanks to the missions; and for those interested there’s the opportunity to sell pictures on the EyeEm Market.
Note: Review made by Pedro Silva in android-emotions.pt and translated by Anderson Antunes