Favorite Mobile Photo Apps – Periscope by Twitter


So there’s this new app by Twitter called “Periscope.” It is not a photography app per se, but it does utilize your iPhone’s  video camera and opens up the world of on-the-go live broadcasting. Normally, I am not an in front of the camera chat type. As a photographer I would much rather hide behind the lens unless I am connecting with clients over Skype or giving an online lecture or interview. But there’s something different about Periscope that has enticed me to jump head first into the world of live broadcasts.

The first thing I loved when I downloaded the app was the easy to understand interface. It is very intuitive with just three simple icons across the bottom. 


The first is a television icon which is naturally where you watch live and recorded broadcasts. 


The next icon is what appears to be a camera with a small red dot which when pushed takes you to the broadcast screen. The third is your standard people icon that provides you with a list of your Twitter peeps and those on Periscope who are currently the “Most Loved” (those who have accumulated the most likes over time).


When you are ready to broadcast, you push the camera icon. On the broadcast screen you will see a Google maps button if you want to broadcast your location, a lock icon if you want to invite specific followers to a private broadcast, and a Twitter button so a Tweet will be sent out to your Twitter peeps letting them know you are doing a broadcast. 


At the top of the broadcast screen you type in an enticing title or whatever you want, then click “Start Broadcast” and off you go, instant live streaming 


During your broadcast if you have been lucky enough to garner followers and users who see your live broadcast listed on Periscope or Twitter, their names will begin to pop up on your screen as they join in to watch. If they like what they see, your watchers can tap their screens multiple times and little heart bubbles will suddenly begin to appear and float up towards the top (kind of like a standing ovation). This of course is a great motivator to continue your broadcast. Your audience can also text you questions and comments while you are recording and you can interact with them instantly with your spoken voice.




When you are finished with your live broadcast all you do is swipe down on your screen and choose “Stop Broadcasting.” Your video will then save to Periscope and will be viewable for 24 hours under the television icon for people to view later. You can see the number of viewers that watched your saved broadcast when you click on the video in Periscope under the television icon. 


If you want to, you can choose to save all your broadcast videos to your own camera roll automatically as well. The only thing that won’t appear on the videos That are saved to your phone are all the hearts, user names and comments. So if you did a broadcast and had lots of verbal interaction with those written comments and you decide to post that video to your YouTube channel, you might want to preface it with a bit of explanation so viewers won’t think you have lost your marbles. Or not. It’s your seemingly one-way conversationS just might go viral :).

I encourage you to download this app and give it a try. I am having great fun with it and believe it to be an invaluable way to connect with your readers, followers, clients, or audience. The tagline for this app is “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.” We each have our unique way of seeing and I look forward to experiencing the world as you see it. 

Feel free to follow me on Periscope. My user name is Tracy J. Thomas. I can use all the hearts you are willing to give. You can also connect with me on Twitter: @tjthomasphoto.

About tracyth76

I am a professional photographer, obsessed iPhoneographer, freelance writer and website designer located in Northern, California. View all posts by tracyth76

10 responses to “Favorite Mobile Photo Apps – Periscope by Twitter

  • basiga

    Reblogged this on blogagaini and commented:
    “A Thousand Words” ~> Thank you for this review.

  • Nile Flores

    I really haven’t tried Periscope yet. I’ve been using Instagram, or pushing photos directly via Hootsuite app. I think though, it is great. I may try it out once I upgrade my phone again. 🙂

  • Kyle Nelson

    This is a really cool app, thanks for sharing. I love photography and interaction so this should be right up my alley. I see you are from Northern California – I am from Chico 🙂 Small world!

  • William Earl Amis, Jr. III

    Kyle, thanks for the introduction. My feeling is the activities are already used in hangouts? The same and more features so that is what I have been using. I can use it on my laptop, desktop and phone. It does all that and more yet free?

    Well, I am going to run over there and see what other features this has. Great sharing with new information. I love to learn each day, thank you.

    • William Earl Amis, Jr. III

      Tracy, I do apologize for typing Kyle. I just finished reading his article prior to yours. Yet, thank you again for giving this reader something new.

    • tracyth76

      Hi William – Periscope is a free app and is great in regards to video broadcasts on-the-go. It is connected to Twitter so you can draw a large audience who aren’t already connected to you on social media. Where Google Hangouts is a great tool for traditional conferences, meetings, and product demonstrations, I view Periscope as a great tool for viewers to learn more about you as a person by allowing them into your daily activities. As a professional photographer this tool is a dream. I can take viewers along with me on shoots and chat with them during set up or use it as a live educational tool while out in the field. I plan to write another post soon with a variety of ways to use the tool for different purposes.
      Thanks for your comment :).

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