Monday Mobile Moments ~ Hipstamatic

I think of all the millions of photography apps for the iPhone that are available, Hipstamatic is my absolute favourite and the one I use most.  Released in December 2009,with version 100, we are now on 339 and the app is still going strong.  It simulates different films and lenses, which you can use in any combination, and then you can change those combinations after the shot is taken if you change your mind.  Every now and then they release a new combination, which is an in app purchase currently at 0.99p a time.  The app itself is free and comes with a few preloaded films and lenses to get you started.I have had the app since it came out so have built up quite a collection over the past 8 years.  You can combine a film and lens and make it a favourite, and you can shake the phone to get a random combination.

You can choose different camera cases for the look of it

and you can choose to shoot in classic mode

or pro mode

the advantage of pro mode is the ability to change aspect ratio’s, classic mode only has square ratio, also you can set the focus, ISO, shutter speed and white balance by means of a very responsive slider

Choosing a combination of film & lens is easy once you’ve taken a shot

or just choose them separately

as well as choosing lens and film, there is a full suite of editing adjustments that can be made, clarity, definition, exposure, tone curves, depth of field, and lots more, so this is a really versatile app. You can also bring photos in that you’ve taken with other apps, or even your digital SLR if you’ve imported them into your iPhoto library and edit those within the app too.

My latest combo the Laos set, has the peculiar ability to make everything black and white, or desaturated,except greens, which it turns red, and is getting good use on my days out!


The app has never been available for android phones, and I’m not sure why but imagine Apple Pay them to keep it exclusive!  Hipstamatic was the first photography app I bought, and I’ve been through a fair few apps since 2009, mostly now deleted, but the endless possibilities with Hipstamatic would make me choose this over all the others, if I could have only one.



14 thoughts on “Monday Mobile Moments ~ Hipstamatic

  1. I have an android phone, but have taken less that 20 photos on it. I have also never bought an app to use with the phone’s camera.
    Maybe I am just an old stick-in-the-mud, but I do know that something like 75% of all Internet photos (or more) are taken on an Apple phone, so I give that due respect indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I think it has the edge for phoneography, but I’ve had a Samsung in the past that was pretty good too. There are plenty of ‘proper’ photographers as well as artists using it and they do some mind blowing work. I still just use mine for snapping, I like my big-girl cameras too much to really get into mobile.

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  2. I’ve seen some great shots from iphone…I’ve never had one though and none of my phones have had great cameras…I don’t even have a smartphone at the mo, keep losing or breaking them :(… you make me want to have one again!

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