If you take pride in your photographs, you know how exciting it can be to see your best shots on Facebook, Flickr or other social media sites. That nighttime shot of the beautifully lit Eiffel Tower? People love it, and they're commenting about it like crazy. Your Grand Canyon shot with the setting sun making the orange rocks glow? Gorgeous.
The downside to taking pride in your photographs is when, gasp, you see other people posting photos just like yours on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. As it turns out, while your photographs may be great, they're not unique.
Just try standing in front of a landmark like the Iwo Jima statue in Washington, D.C., Mount Rushmore, or the dancing fountains at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. You'll be elbowing your way through crowds of people capturing the exact same shot as you.
Fortunately, there is a tool that can help you snag a truly unique shot, even if it's of a frequently photographed landmark, or tourist trap. It's called Camera Restricta.
This camera accessory was developed by a German designer, just to ensure people don't take the same picture that everyone else is taking. Here's how it works.
Camera Restricta is a 3-D printed smartphone case, and it's available for anyone to download. It taps into your smartphone's GPS.
It scans an area about 115 feet by 115 feet to find photographs online that were geotagged in the same spot where you're standing or nearby. Here's the kicker, albeit a subjective one.
Once there are an "offending" number of photographs from the same spot, Camera Restricta forces your camera's shutter closed. It stays closed until you move around, and find a unique angle for that oft-photographed landmark. Now, your Facebook friends will really "ooh" and "aah."