For iPhone users and photographers unfamiliar with Hipstamatic, you might want to take a look. It's a neat, addictive camera app that, at its core, aims to emulate the experience of using a cheap, plastic fantastic camera of the sixties. Along the way, they've created a whole collection of "SnapPaks". SnapPaks are add-ins that alter the basic operation to simulate different "lenses" and "films", while retaining a nifty cheap-camera-like user interface. Once loaded, lenses and films are can be freely mixed and matched to create a myriad of different styles.
Initially, the app was designed in such a way that once made, a photo couldn't be altered. A number of users wanted more, though, and the past few versions of the app have added the ability to use a more "iPhone-like" camera, as well as numerous editing options, including the ability to record a sort of "RAW+JPEG" workflow that allows the user to freely re-imaging an image, or to edit images taken with other cameras using the Hipstamatic tools.
While some rather vocal users find this relatively new functionality abhorrent, I really like the possibilities it adds to the app, and really would like the folks behind Hipstamatic to continue to enhance its possibilities. I think the processing would make a great set of extensions to Apple's Photos.
The three preceding images were take "straight out of camera" using the newest SnapPak, called Pinhole. It's supposed to simulate the effect of using a pinhole camera, and while the effect may be a little over the top, I think it's fantastic for certain subjects. In fact, I think it's one of the very best add-ons Hipstamatic have ever offered. It's so good, that Donna and I have started a Facebook "group" just for folks to share their images made with the components of this Pak (we encourage you to visit the group, called Hipstamatic Pinhole Images).
As an example of reprocessing, I decided rather randomly to edit the shot of the Bodine book cover from my post about our visit to The Unicorn Bookshop. Bodine would probably never have taken this kind of approach with his work, but I still think the result of the edit looks good...
I chose to use the editing controls to decrease the distortion and vignetting a bit, and to add some grain and a little "texture" to the image. Unlike a traditional Hipstamatic image, which would be square, I chose to retain the rectangular aspect ratio of the original.
There's one thing I'd love to see added to the Hipstamatic app. I use a Moment case on my iPhone 6s, and it would be really handy to be able to use the shutter button on the moment case with Hipstamatic. Honestly, I'd like to see that functionality with other camera apps I like as well. I'm not sure if this is something Moment would need to do, or the camera app author, or both.
[UPDATE: I contacted the folks a Moment about the possibility of the Moment case working with other apps. Apparently, because of the way the case hardware is communicating with the iPhone and the Moment camera app, there is no possibility of ever being able to use the case with other apps. They suggest shooting with Moment, and then opening the picture in Hipstamatic (or other app) for editing. Less convenient, but certainly not a show stopper. And, one of these days, I've got to get around to ordering their telephoto lens....]
For those wondering about the title of this post, it's a reference to this scene in The Matrix, and it's also the title of the lead image in the post, made during our lunch stop yesterday at Baugher's Family Restaurant in Westminster.