Something Different – The Enigmatic Hipstamatic.
If you have been following my blog on a regular basic you may have noticed something a bit odd about my last blog, http://www.catracing.org/hendrb/going-home-again-day-1-the-long-haul/. Most if not all of the photos on my blogs have been shot with a DSLR, very rarely have I used pictures taken with my iPhone. I wanted to document my travel experience on the flight over but did not want to keep taking out and putting away my 5DMKIV. So I thought what the heck! I’ll use my iPhone exclusively, but to be really different I will use an app that I have had for a number of years called Hipstamatic. It couldn’t possibly hurt and will add some creativity to the blog.
What is Hipstamatic? Hipstamatic is a iOS or Windows Phone created by Hipstamtic LLC <Click here for website>. Which allows it’s users to take old fashioned square style photographs with carious software filters applied. Various effects can be closen by selecting a style of camera, film, and flash. Or you can choose to select a random selection which is what I used.
Here is a sample of a photo taken with the “Enigmatic” Hipstamatic.
Pictured here is the ‘back of the hipstamatic, showing the flash lever (When pressed you will hear the sound of the flash charging, ISO selection wheel, view finder, and shutter button. There is also a photo timer.
Clicking on the arrow, will display the front of the camera, which will allow you to change lenses, film, flash, or camera body.
Each of these items will provide a different retro look to the pictures taken with the Hipstamatic. Clicking on the arrow again, returns you to the camera back.
Hipstamatic saves 2 versions of the file, the one seen here with the filter applied and the original photo with no filter applied.
Which is nice if you decide you like the photo better with no filter applied.
Hipstamatic is available for free from the App Store, and works with either the iPhone or iPad. The free app comes with a base back of several camera bodies, film, and flashes, and additional “accessories” are available as in-app purchases. Hipstamatic is also available for the Windows Phone. Their website can be found here. http://hipstamatic.com/camera/
I have rarely used my iPhone for the photos for my blog. Though that may change. I certainly liked the concienence, and do feel they have a unique look. If you use your phone to take photos perhaps give the Hipstamtic a chance! After all the app and base back are free, and you can always decide to use the picture without the effects applied.