Hey wait, Version 1 is free for Android Users too!? Yes. Download it here.

How it all works

  • Long exposure photography entails using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring its moving elements. (Wikipedia)
  • When a long exposure is applied to a brightly lit object in a dim space, one can move the lit object as a paintbrush in the photograph and capture their light painting.
  • 8bitapp applies light painting by breaking apart an object into pieces and cycling the display of each piece while moving the iPhone/iPad/Android device through the photograph. The result is a 3-d exposure of text and space invaders.
  • Fact: Everybody does not own an expensive camera that can capture long exposures. That is why I made a free downloadable webcam long-exposure software for your computer. Use it in place of a $1000 camera.
  • Note: Although the webcam AIR app is free, you will still need to download the application from either Android Market or Apple App Store.

How to use

  • Depending on the lighting you will want to adjust your brightness in your device's settings. I set it to about 10% during low/no light, and about 30-40% during decent lighting. NOTE: Apple & Android will not allow 3rd party developers to control this from apps, otherwise I would gladly offer it.
  • Type text, insert 8bit characters with shortcuts, or they are the equivalent of characters <, >, ^, ~, and | .
  • The default timing is set to advance columns at 300ms. It proved relatively useful on both the webcam software and a Nikon D80 DSLR Camera.
  • The "Cues" option toggles vibration cues. I use this if I have something multi-line. It will vibrate in between letters, (a good notification for you to 1-finger hold and pause to move to your next line position).
  • Choose colors for the front and sides of the cubes.
  • Once you click the 'MAKE HOLOGRAPH' button the screen will turn black. There is a short delay before the holograph starts. If you have the "Cues" option enabled there will be a vibrate signal for you to get ready. Point the device at your camera and move slowly to the left or right to capture your holograph.
  • To do multiple lines, just tap and hold the screen to pause the holograph, re-position, and then release your tap to resume the holograph.
  • A 3-finger tap (iPhone/iPad) or a left-to-right-swipe (Android) at any time will return you to the main menu.
  • I've started a flickr group at http://flickr.com/groups/8bit Upload/Share your favorites!

Graphing Commands:

3-finger tap = return to menu. - iPhone/iPad
1-finger swipe-right-to-left swipe = return to menu. - Android
3-finger hold = pause until released.(good for multi-line) - all platforms