What is Boomerang?
Boomerang is a fairly new app from social media giant Instagram that breaks the boundaries on what social media content is supposed to be. How? Well to quote Instagram, “It’s not a photo. It’s not a gif. It’s a Boomerang.”
Boomerang works by taking a super short, super-fast burst of photos and stitching them together into a mini video that plays forward and backward and forward and backward and—well, you get the idea.
The app first picked up speed with social media influencers (like the Jenner sisters) and has even encouraged some friendly competition amongst other popular photo-editing apps. VCSO, an app aimed at photo editing for more serious iPhoneographers, recently unveiled DSCO, “a free GIF-making app designed with VSCO’s superior imaging technology.”
The Selfie Mode was revealed by Jane Manchun Wong, a computer scientist who regularly exposes new Facebook features. To find it, simply open your Messenger app and launch the camera. If you have it, it will show up as a swipe-able camera mode named Selfie, and sits between Boomerang and Video. “It works like the portrait modes we see in smartphone camera apps, including Skin Softening and Bokeh.” Skin softening is a common feature in phone camera apps – although it’s not built into the standard iPhone camera. It basically smooths out the skin on your face, making blemishes appear less visible and making you look younger and fresher-faced.
But excessive smoothing can also make you look strange – so getting the balance right is tricky. Bokeh, meanwhile, is a camera effect that’s now very common on phones. It involves creating a sense of depth in the image. Having the subject (your face) in sharp focus. While the background-heavily blurred. Professional photographers often use bokeh to create portrait shots. And recent Apple iPhones offer bokeh through Portrait Mode on the official camera app. Facebook regularly tests new features with a small group of users, before rolling them out more widely. However it’s entirely possible that Facebook could ditch this feature before it ever makes it to the app’s general release.
These new additions mean that Facebook Messenger now has five different camera modes. Those being-
This happened just two months after Facebook announced a big Messenger redesign with a key emphasis on simplicity. According to Facebook, Messenger’s new features will become available to a majority of users globally. The updated Messenger also introduces the new AR stickers. All you have to do is press the camera icon next to a sticker. And add it as an AR object on a photo or video.