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Top 25 Mobile Photography Trends in May

From Branded Messaging Filters to Selfie-Specific Drones

— May 30, 2016 — Tech
These May 2016 mobile photography trends range from branded social media filters to flying drone devices that are specially designed to capture the perfect selfie. In addition to selfie-specific mobile apps and musical editing tools that pair filters with matching songs, other standouts include versatile video platforms and smartphone tool add-ons that ensure professional image quality at an affordable rate.

When examining the growing power of social media as a marketing tool, some notable examples include Starbucks' recently released gold star filters on messaging platform Snapchat. Recognizing the importance of Millennial appeal, the coffee giant promoted its Gold Star Rewards program by releasing themed photo filters that were a hit among social media users.

Similarly, Hering's 'SnapBlackFriday' campaign was released via Snapchat to garner attention about the brand's Black Friday deals. After viewing the company's public story, users were able to capture sale-specific screenshots that they could later use to access online discounts.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Image-Stabilizing Smartphones
Image-Stabilizing Smartphones
The New HTC Smartphone Features the Best Phone Camera Around
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24
Versatile Video Apps
Versatile Video Apps
VideoSlam Converts Your Photos Into Video Summaries
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23
GIF-Forging Slideshow Apps
GIF-Forging Slideshow Apps
The DayCap App Converts Your Photos Into GIF Slideshows
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22
Shape-Specific Photo Filters
Shape-Specific Photo Filters
The Filteract App Lets Users Add Filters to Fixed Parts of the Image
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21
Swipe-Based Photo Apps
Swipe-Based Photo Apps
The Slidebox App Helps Mobile Users Organize and Delete Photos
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20
Messaging App Music Videos
Messaging App Music Videos
Beecher's Fault's Snapchat Music Video Makes Use of Popular Filters
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19
Registration-Free Photo Apps
Registration-Free Photo Apps
The New 'FotoSwipe' App Requires No Registration to Transfer Photos
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18
Selfie-Requesting Apps
Selfie-Requesting Apps
The Shootlr App Lets Friends Share and Request Selfies of Each Other
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17
Stabilizing Smartphone Holders
Stabilizing Smartphone Holders
The 'Smoovie' Captures Steady Video on Smartphones and More
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16
Selfie-Centric Apps
Selfie-Centric Apps
This Selfie App Helps You Share Your Interests With Friends
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15
Video-Based Profiles
Video-Based Profiles
The Profile Expression Kit Lets Users Add Video to Their Facebook Profile
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14
Surrounding Color-Capturing Apps
Surrounding Color-Capturing Apps
The Colordot Pulls Palette Shades From the User's Environment
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13
One-Shot Photography Apps
One-Shot Photography Apps
IKEA's 'KLIKK' App Only Lets Users Take a Single Photo
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12
Sporty Face-Painting Apps
Sporty Face-Painting Apps
FaceCake's 'In the Paint' Helps Sports Fans Virtually Apply Face Paint
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11
Musical Selfie Applications
Musical Selfie Applications
'Face Melody' Turns Selfies into Music Based on Facial Features
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10
Endoscopic Smartphone Cameras
Endoscopic Smartphone Cameras
This Smartphone Endoscope Camera Offers Live-Stream Capabilities
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9
Modular Photography Drones
Modular Photography Drones
The DJI M600 Drone Can be Personalized to Suit Different Payloads
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8
Social Screenshot Coupons
Social Screenshot Coupons
Hering's Black Friday Promotion Used Snapchat to Offer Special Deals
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7
Ergonomic Smartphone Camera Grips
Ergonomic Smartphone Camera Grips
The Pictar Camera Grip Gives iPhone Users the Control of a DSLR
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6
Virtual Reality-Capturing Drones
Virtual Reality-Capturing Drones
Compared to Others on the Market, This VR Drone is Affordable
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5
Smartphone Photography Lens Cases
Smartphone Photography Lens Cases
The 'X-Lens' Camera Lens Case Enables Professional Photography
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4
Life-Documenting Glasses Cameras
Life-Documenting Glasses Cameras
The 'Mono' Digital Life Camera Fits Neatly onto Eyewear
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3
Gold Star Snapchat Lenses
Gold Star Snapchat Lenses
This Starbucks Snapchat Lens Marks the Launch of a New Loyalty System
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2
Hovering Selfie Drones
Hovering Selfie Drones
The Hover is a Flying Camera Made to Capture Photos from an Ideal Height
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1
Sneaky Smartphone Camera Cases
Sneaky Smartphone Camera Cases
The 'COVR Photo' Smartphone Photography Case Snaps Covert Pics
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