I’ll admit it: I’ve taken sneaky photos of things and people too absurd to simply let pass by. Typically shot from the hip to hide my judgmental moments, these photos rarely turn out leaving my “You’ll never believe what I just saw” stories with an anticlimactic “but I couldn’t get a photo” ending. And be honest, if you have an iPhone or camera-equipped iPod Touch you’ve thought about doing the exact same thing.
It’s got an ick-inducing name, but app Stalker, for iPhone and iPod Touch, is meant for fun and laughs while making it easier to photographically creep on your surroundings. Stalker can be set to take photos every 1, 2 or 5 seconds. By turning your ringer to silent you can mask the shutter noise and Stalker lets you set a default background image, such as screen shot of your inbox, iPod or springboard to keep over-the-shoulder spies from knowing what you’re really up to.
Upon tapping the home screen, the app will switch to your saved image and begin taking photos automatically at your desired interval. To stop shooting, tap the screen and a pop-up message will appear. Hitting “view” will show you all photos the app has taken, which you can then save to your camera roll, email or share on Facebook. All of the images are watermarked with the Stalker name and logo, though, so sharing publicly will reveal your secret methods. You can only send photos one at an item and trashing images can only be done in batches.
For a stealthy photography app that costs a buck, Stalker does just what it claims. How well your photos turn out depend on your hand steadiness and familiarity with your lens’s range.
Although Stalker’s name automatically gives it a dose of controversy, remember that the simple existence of a camera itself can already lead to nefarious use, with or without a stealthy app attached.