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.
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