Let There Be LIGHTT — and MIRRORGRAM [two very cool new iPhone photo apps]


In the process of drooling over my iPhone 5, I got the inside line on two new photo apps that I love and want to share… Lightt and Mirrorgram.

First, is…. Lightt
Lightt is perhaps THE breakout photo app that splits the difference between photos and video better than I’ve ever seen in mobile, while nailing the best of both worlds (ala some of my chasejarvisFRAMES videos but in created in your hand on the fly). It captures images in 10 frame bursts — a flipbook-like sequence of photos called a “highlight”– and then instantaneously builds a cloud-based visual timeline that’s skimmable from beginning to end and sharable via social tools. I got previews of this app from Lightt’s president, Pam, under the cover of pre-launch and was quite honestly blown away. (And in truth – Scobleizer was raving to me about it behind closed doors…here he calls it the “app of the YEAR”!) I will say that the new-to-mobile way of looking at images in this photo/video hybrid , plus the simple UI is frickin genius.

lightt iphone app on chase jarvis blogSharing is easy too, either an individual photo out of the sequence or the entire highlight if you so desire. There is solid social integration via Twitter / Facebook from your profile page — plus the classic number of followers, of those you’re following, and the number of highlights you’ve created, etc. I’m on there – so track me down and follow…

Overall I give this super DUPER high marks for concept and design & the big data coding running in the background blows my mind. Some smart ninjas made this thing sing. Get Lightt here on iTunes for iPhone. Android is coming soon I’m told.

Second…is beloved Mirrorgram.
Mirrorgram is a tight & very sexy little mobile app that lets you create and share beautiful mirrored images. It’s super simple and brilliantly effective. Created via a collabo between a smart dev team and my pal Justin Boreta of LA’s electronic music trio The Glitch Mob that you’ve heard in my most recent video (as well as the soundtrack for flicks like Spiderman and Tron). Put simply, Mirrorgram allows users to create mirror images of a photo by splitting it in half on the vertical, horizontal or diagonal axis, then reflecting it upon itself using a simple drag interface. Simple approach, really dope results. And fully shareable via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Boreta told us…

“I came up with the idea of making Mirrorgram on the Drink The Sea tour. We’re all big iPhone nerds and started geeking pretty hard on iPhone photo apps as a way to explore cities and kill time on the bus. I’ve had a long-running fascination with symmetry and photo editing, and i realized there was no simple way to create symmetrical images on my iPhone. At the time, i was doing it with a lot of apps that weren’t meant for that, and wanted an easier way for me and my friends to make trippy, mirrored images….it allows you to see stuff around you in a new way. some of the most interest images i have taken come from mundane stuff like buildings, sand, plants, or the airport.”

I’ll second that, Boreta. I never thought of myself as a symmetry guy, but I’m in love. Who knew? Get Mirrorgram here.

mirrorgram app on chase jarvis blog

10 Responses to Let There Be LIGHTT — and MIRRORGRAM [two very cool new iPhone photo apps]

  1. Tony Anastasi October 22, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    you do realize you have made their server crash right ? the lightt website is down, and you cannot signup right now until they fix it up again lol.. wonders how many peeps read your blogs and signed up right now lol haha

  2. David October 22, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Any chance of a Best Camera update for iPhone 5?

  3. John Sharpe October 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    It’s uncanny how fast an app can leave a really bad taste in your mouth even before you try the thing out.
    NOWHERE does it tell you that you have to be INVITED to join, without digging thru the support site right from the get go.
    An Amateur, Bush League start to what might have been a lot of fun to play with…
    And like Tony says, there’s no access to their site.
    If these boys wanna’ run with the big dogs, they need to get their p**p in a scoop.
    Uninstalled, just like that.


    • Pam Kramer October 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi J,
      I’m really sorry you had a bad experience today. The outage for Lightt.com was a provider outage that affected a bunch of companies, not just ours.


      And the invitation is meant to help us manage the first few weeks so that we provide a consistent experience. (Unfortunately the outage today didn’t help. But, again, that wasn’t us.) We’re replying as fast as we can so we can keep pushing ahead and build a fun community.

      Hope you’ll try again in the future.


  4. Blair October 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Why would they be live in the App Store and still in invitation only beta?

    Either someone screwed up the embargo, or these folks just got caught with their pants down.

  5. Blair October 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Hmmm, this might have something to do with.

    Amazon cloud outage takes down Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, Coursera, & more


  6. faisal October 23, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Worth a try definitely, nice apps

  7. riordan November 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    I’ve been trying to reach Lightt for awhile. App doesn’t work won’t upload and I am not getting any response from their support department. If you guys are reading this at Lightt you should post something on your site SOON before people get disgusted. Looks like a fun great product but kinda useless if you can’t get it to work.

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