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May 1st, 2013 Hadouken


Hi! Do you know “Hadouken” pictures? Pictures of high school girls who use "force" have been popular recently such as on Twitter in Japan. (If you don’t know, search for an image on Google!)

I thought perhaps I could take these pictures easily with pick pic camera of SDNA when I saw them.

So, I tried.


This is my very first try. I’ve never thought that I would be so successful on my first attempt.

pick pic camera is a camera app that allow you to record photos right before and right after the moment you pressed the shutter button along with that very moment. You will then be able to pick the best shot among the pictures taken, and save it.

The app is a perfect match for taking pictures of moving objects such as your kids or your pets, but I’ve just found another way to use this app.

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April 18th, 2013 My favorite motiongraphs


If you like taking pictures, either still or moving, with your smartphone, you might like to watch the amazing pictures people take too. Here are some of my favorite amazing works created by people around the world.

A spoon too sensitive to heat?


What a fantastic coordination between cameraman and the young actor!


So spooky, but so cute too.


Interesting? This type of picture which part of the image moves like a video is called "Cinemagraphs" in general. We call it "motiongraph". If you are interested, take a look at our motiongraph gallery site full of such works.

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March 11th, 2013 Two years



As a Japanese citizen, I would like to commemorate the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. And also, I would like to thank you all for supporting Japan after the earthquake.


Some of my distant relatives have lost their home by that catastrophe, though they are fortunately safe and sound.
I’m hoping for the early recovery of the afflicted area.


(The photos above are of Tokyo Sky Tree, a tower that has been completed just after the earthquake and regarded as a symbol of our hope.)


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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January 7th, 2013 Happy 2013



Happy New Year!


I’d like to thank you all for downloading our million moments app which we have released last year, and for reading this blog.


The year 2012 was a memorable year for me, but I’d like to turn year 2013 into an even more fantastic year for not only me but also for million moments users. I can’t share with you the details yet, but we are planning to add dramatic improvements to the app this year. I hope you will like them.



My personal resolution for the new year is to improve my skills in photography and writing. What’s yours?


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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November 8th, 2012 A chat with iPhone-ographers



I had an opportunity to talk with some iPhone-ographers (photographers who use iPhone as their camera) about million moments. They’ve given me very good feedbacks, and some suggestions when straight into my ToDo tray to be worked on for our future improvement.



By the way, speaking of feedbacks, were you aware that you can send us your feedbacks from the app, by going into the app’s setting menu? Of course, you can also share your thoughts with us using Twitter as well. Your feedbacks are always welcomed.


After the chat, we walked to a gallery where some of them held a small exhibition entitled “iPhone x Journey”. Many photographs taken on the road using iPhone were displayed there.


I was so happy to discover that they’ve displayed some good pages created by our million moments app in the gallery too, along with other great photos!




Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the iOS version.

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October 22nd, 2012 photo comp: Aki’s picks 2



Thank you all for submitting many entries to our million moments photo competition. If you haven’t joined us yet, hurry, as it will be closed tomorrow, Oct. 23rd.


We had many entries last week, and today I would like to share with you five of my favorites. Only five here, but you can see more on our Facebook page.



I can’t resist smiling on this sweet moment posted by @JollyOctopus.



@DOZYNELLY took this picture at Valetta, Marta. This pic makes me feel as if I’m travelling there.



This beautiful sea was taken by @Pandjieholic in Indonesia.



I love how @Sarath_sivarock captured the silhouettes.



And the last (but not least) of my favorites is by @HidingArc. So cute!


Who will win the prizes? Keep your eyes opened, as we will be announcing the winner on our facebook page!



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October 11th, 2012 photo comp: Aki’s picks



Hi everyone. As you can see in Gokaichi’s last post, million moments photo competition is now open and we are looking forward to receiving many entries.


Today, I’d like to share with you my three favorite photos among the entries we’ve got so far.



@seapotato was in London during the Olympics and visited Abbey Road. I’d do the same if I were there!



@SethCritchley took a photo of katsudon (pork cutlet on rice). Wow it looks so delicious!



@Silver_Waters photographed his or her son’s first challenge on the skate ramp. This little boy has a good sense of fashion!


The photo competition is open until October 23rd. Capture your memories and inspire us!



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September 3rd, 2012 [report] A photo-taking lesson event for families


Hi there everyone. It’s Aki’s turn this time. I’d like to make a report on an event held on August 26th, at Apple Store Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.


The title of the event was:
A Photo-taking Summer Class for Parents and Children
supported by million moments
Take your pictures and store those memories with iPhone



At the beginning of the class, parents took pictures of their children.



Then, they picked their favorite shots, using labels of million moments.



Then, they picked their favorite shots, using labels of million moments.


The instructor asked the participants which pictures they thought are important. Then he shared his thoughts on which pictures to pick. Choosing the photos to discard and not to discard is really difficult because the ones you pick now may not look so good after three years. In turn, ones you thought failure may look rare and precious years later. His thoughts and suggestions were really new and interesting to me, and I nodded many times to his words.



Then came the most exciting time of this class, the children were allowed to take away their parents’ iPhone and take pics freely on their own!



The instructor explained how to understand the children’s likes and interests from the photos they took. Hmm, it was interesting again, and I got my inspiration on my new way of using the labels.


I enjoyed the event so much, and I thought it would be so nice if I could do similar events in other countries. And of course, I also wished to do such events not only with iPhone, but also with Android.



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August 9th, 2012 Ado, a French bull dog


Hi everyone. Today I’d like to introduce my colleague’s French bull dog named Ado. She may be the most recognized dog in SDNA, our company.


Why? The clever dog is starring in our promo movie.


By the way, taking a still picture of a dog is sometimes very difficult. If you wish to take a natural picture, you need to shoot picture quickly, aiming at a very moment the dog stops moving.


So, I often use another app from SDNA called frame grabber, to grab a still picture out from a video I took. (My apologies to iOS users, the app is only available for Android. And its distribution is limited to certain countries.) This way, I have all the freedom to pick the best frame out from the video.


If you think you are an enthusiastic phonographer (i.e. photographer that takes many pictures with smartphone), I’d recommend you to try it. It’s the app for you too.


Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this post. The images may slightly be different for the iOS version.



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