Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hip Hip Hipstamatic!

I don't always carry my digital camera around with me. Sometimes I'll toss it into my purse, but it's not a must have. Plus, the extra weight in there isn't exactly desired. While I would certainly like to have an uber expensive Canon digital SLR camera (I'll save up for one in the future), I'm content toting around my iPhone and using the camera it has for the time being. The camera on my iPhone 4 is pretty decent. I really don't have any complaints. But if you're like me, you sometimes like to have a little something extra. That's where Hipstamatic comes in.

I would venture to say that most iPhone photographers have the Hipstamatic app. It was one of the first apps I actually purchased. From there I have continued to purchase their different lenses, films, and flashes. They tend to come in packages so it's easy to do. A few days ago I bought the new Bondi HipstaPak which comes with the Ben Watts Lens and Big Up Film. I also bought the Soho HipstaPak which comes with the Chunky Lens, Cano Cafenol Film, Blank Noir Film, and Mr. Bling Camera Case. I already had the Fashionista Mac & Milk case which is silmilar, but this one was all gold.

Anyway, while I was searching to see if there was anything I didn't already have, I stumbled across the Analog section at the bottom. I touched the tab and it showed me a phone case that looks like the Hipstamatic camera! It's called the HipstaCase. It was actually pretty cool, but $40 was a bit steep for a plastic case that will inevitably be dropped on the ground. In fact, I just dropped my phone yesterday onto the asphalt, and thankfully my Apple provided phone case kept my phone protected! This HipstaCase allows you to mount it to any standard tripod...pretty cool, but for the time being, I'll stick with trying to steady my own hand! Besides, it's not like there's a delay button so you can run to be in the photo with your friends! Hmmmm....something to think about Hipstamatic???

There are so many different combinations you can use, there must be some sort of a guide out there. And there is! If you'd rather not do every combination yourself, you can visit Photojojo's Ultimate Hipstamatic Guide. It took a while for it to load onto my computer, but if you don't have an aging dinosaur like I do, then you'll probably be fine. It's fun to play around with the different combinations on your own, but sometimes it's nice to know exactly the right combo right when you want it. Another tip...if you're tired of carefully centering your photo, only to have it NOT centered, you can change that in the Settings section of your iPhone and switch Viewfinder Mode to Precision Framing. If you like the randomness the other one provides, keep in on Classic!

I pretty much use Hipstamatic on the regular, but if you have a photo you'd like to Hipstafy, try out the SwankoLab. It's actually pretty fun! Pour in your concoction of chemicals and Voila! Check out what I did in a matter of seconds. If you take your time, I'm sure you can come up with some even better results!

Original iPhone Photo

SwankLab Version 1

SwankoLab Version 2
SwankoLab Version 3


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