I think we can all agree that the iPhone and other smartphone cameras have been a boon for photography. For the first time in history, the vast majority of people have an incredibly powerful camera in their pockets at all time. Because of this, our age will be the most well-documented age in history. And that’s awesome. But some critics claim that because we can take as many pictures as we want now, we give a lot less thought to what they shoot, and how, than they did when they had to measure out each and every shot.
That’s why I love this new app for iOS, White Album. It basically makes a disposable camera out of your iPhone. But don’t worry, you don’t have to throw your iPhone away when you stop using the app.
Here’s how White Album describes itself. “Take 24 photos and see them for the first time when they arrive at your door. No seeing or deleting. Like a film camera, what you shoot is what you get.” And that’s a pretty accurate description. Like a pack of Polaroid film, the app lets you take 24 pictures, which can’t be edited or deleted. You don’t even know what they look like until White Album sends you physical prints of the images a few weeks later.
Honestly, I love this sort of meshing of physical media (Polaroids) with digital media (iPhones). Where as some curmudgeons will argue that the iPhone has ruined photography in making everyone so thoughtless about it, White Album is a perfect response to that argument: the power of the iPhone as a photographic tool is that it can be used however you want, just by downloading an app.
You can download White Album for iPhone here.