Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A new iOS photo app: Subjective

We have a new iOS photo app out that combines some features of our previous apps.   The basic idea we have been pursuing for a while is based on the subjective refraction test from optometry where a person uses their own judgment for which of a set of things is better.  A/B testing is a more randomized version of this basic idea.

We first have you pick a category of editing (e.g., is it an outdoor landscape or is it food or do you want to make a stencil version like the Obama HOPE poser?).   It shows the image being edited as a background:

Pick one of the filter families-- like Stencil

Now three screens of choose best of 4:
Now pick best of four 3 times
And voila!

And here's the product.

You can of course go more conventionally and adjust contract and color temperature and saturation (one screen for each).  I like this for food.  Here's before:

and after.   Is it better?  I think so, but it's SUBJECTIVE!


Unknown said...

It would be awesome to let users opt in and donate their choices and some image features, so you could keep learning which choices people tend to make, and automatically suggest more sophisticated filters with fewer clicks.

Peter Shirley said...

That is a cool idea. And seeing other people's suggestions would be interesting

Unknown said...

Love it! Very interesting topics, I hope the incoming comments and suggestion are equally positive. Thank you for sharing this information that is actually helpful.