That Guy Ruining Your Photo? Delete Him with the Bye Bye Camera App


How many of us have taken a nearly awesome photo that is just ruined by somebody awkwardly hanging out in the background? There’s nothing more fun than signing in to Creative Cloud and editing a person out of a picture and, even then, it’s not quite right…after all, Photoshop is almost its own art by itself.

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If you just want to take photos and let some app handle the edits, then Bye Bye Camera might be the solution for you. Aside from the funny marketing spin that it will remove people from photos, it actually offers a service most of us need every once in a while. Art collective Do Something Good, lead by artist Damjanski, developed the app to help photographers take shots at popular tourist locations which are often less-than-ideal locations for photography.

Do Something Good describes Bye Bye Camera as the following,

“‘I’ve created this project together with two of my longtime collaborators, Andrej and Pavel, from Russia. A couple of years ago I created a collective called Do Something Good where I connected all the people I’ve collaborated with online. By now we’re 16 people around the world from different fields and collaborate on different projects.

The app takes out the vanity of any selfie and also the person. I consider Bye Bye Camera an app for the post-human era. It’s a gentle nod to a future where complex programs replace human labor and some would argue the human race. It’s interesting to ask what is a human from an Ai (yes, the small “i” is intended) perspective? In this case, a collection of pixels that identify a person based on previously labeled data. But who labels this data that defines a person immaterially? So many questions for such an innocent little camera app.”

Really, that’s a pretty good idea if ever there was one. And it isn’t that expensive – you can get it on the iTunes App Store for $USD 2.99 as of press. No word yet on an Android version but we’ll let you know if that happens.

As always, we’d love to know your thoughts. Have you ever had a photograph ruined by a tourist or bystander? How did you deal with it? Let us know your experience in the comments below.

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Yeah, no. The app is really bad, a total waste of time. I guess they had a good promotion campaign?

Also, an app called Spectre has been available for quite a while now.

I think the app could be useful to remove people from scenic pictures and crowded images. But my concern is about the story, It is also unable to remove dogs from images 🙂

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