31 August 2015
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One of my favorite apps is Hipstamatic: the app that promises surprises with each image. Many in the challenge’s photo community have discovered its charm and boundless possibilities. Allan at Ohm Sweet Ohm (click here) experiments with this app and the results intrigue.
I particularly enjoy that images are dependent upon interchangeable lenses, flashes, and films. The number of combinations are seemingly endless. But it means that selection requires thought or it can be serendipitous. Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind (click here) regularly has fun with the “shake” feature in Hipstamatic.
With its square format it recalls vintage-era sensibility where color was romantic and saturated. Maybe that’s why I instantly knew that a recent scene in New York City needed a Hipstamatic moment.
In the Lens section is that shot taken in a sweetly-decorated women’s lounge. It’s Victorian color range suited Hipstamatic’s retro style. Additionally, multi layers of the still life drew me into the image, especially my reflection that is almost too small to notice.
Truly, this app’s unknown quality likens it to the original Polaroid, which has been in my photographic tool kit for decades (SX-70). Maybe that’s why it’s popularity keeps growing. It has character that dares the photographer to not only experiment, but make singular and multiple choices that can be classic, sacred, or sassy. Possibilities abound.
Tip of the Week: Beside its lenses, films and flashes, Hipstamatic has more to offer. Here’s a description from its webpage: “Through a variety of offerings, including Hipstamatic, Oggl, IncrediBooth, and Snap Magazine, Hipstamatic encourages its community to tap into their inner artist and use photography as a gateway back to creativity.” Social media is a part of its packaging. and gives the photographer options to participate or not. Choices are the usual: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr. Visit the Apple store (click here) to read more about this app that never disappoints. The cost is $1.99 with each Hipsta package $.99. Click here to read more about Hipstamatic, whose analog character seems perfectly suited in our evergreen digital age.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.