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Phone app helps non-photographers compose perfect shots

Phone app helps non-photographers compose perfect shots

Even the best photo apps in the world aren't going to help a non-photographer frame a shot of you when you're in a nice place and you hand them your phone to take a snap of a once-in-a-lifetime location or vacation spot. A Korean app called SOVS, however, will do exactly that. 

The iOS app – whose motto is “Don’t explain it, just show it!” – means that you can give your phone to your partner, friend or stranger in the street without worrying that they're going to crop out the top of the building you want in the background. 

You simply take a snapshot of your scene and then overlay the outline of a pose or position on the screen where you want to be standing. Then your personal paparazzi simply has to match your composition and put you where the outline is, et voila – the perfect picture, just how you wanted it. 

More than just helping a non-photographer compose a competent shot, SOVS (which stands for "Some One Very Special") is also a great repository of poses. So if you're stuck for how to make a scene more interesting than just "person/s standing in front of a thing", you can choose all manner of groovy and goofy poses to follow. 

This will undoubtedly lead to a game of photo charades as you try to explain how your subjects should contort into position, which will no doubt make this popular with friends and couples. 

The app is available in two flavours. SOVS – Composition Camera is designed for posing and positioning a solo person, and costs £0.99/$0.99. SOVS2 – Pose Camera is designed to accommodate two to four subjects in the frame, and is a free download with pose packs that cost $1.09.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus (Micro Four Thirds) and Canon (full frame) shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a particular fondness for vintage lenses and film cameras.