So as we all know, i have an iphone. i love my iphone. And my shiny new iphone actually has a camera on it worth using, so i have been. Until now, my camera app of choice has been puddingcamera, which has the benefit of being free but the detractor of being entirely in Korean. It's easy enough to figure out, and considering its free, you get a lot of nice things with it.
But i've been curious for some time now about Hipstamatic. And i found a gift certificate my brother gave me last christmas. So i downloaded it, and I honestly think it's pretty cool, if you like lomo-style effects. I don't feel like i wasted my two bucks.
Hipsta comes with three 'lenses', two 'flashes', and three 'films'.
On the default package, 'films' don't do anything besides change the edges of your pictures. you can have regular white squared edges, off-white rounded edges, or rough edges, depending on your film. You can also buy other packages that have films that do other things, but i haven't, so we're not going into that here.
I can't tell yet whether Hipsta's 'flash' is mostly a magical processing thing or not, but it only works when the phone's flash goes off, and whether the flash goes is set manually in the program, not based on the phone-camera's lighting sensor. The basic program comes with two flashes, a normal one that adds extra light and possibly a very slight warming effect, and one called dreampop, which adds a random pastel colored flash in a very effect-y way.
Then there are the lenses. These are what make the biggest difference, and this is where I'm just going to start resorting to pictures, because it's easiest. ( and we cut the photos to save your flist )
Basically, i think this is a really fun toy. I like lomography, but i am way too poor to buy my ass a real lomo-style camera and film and do processing and such. And the app does have issues, like the fact that it crashes a lot for me (but so does puddingcamera, and that one has lost pictures too).
So yeah, i held out for a long time, but i think i like this photoapp. if nothing else, it gives me something to mess with while i'm out walking, and it makes taking pictures of everyday stuff more fun. Is this real photography? Debatable. But it IS fun, and it does encourage me to walk around snapping shots. So in this way it's a win.