Hipstamatic, Part 2

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There is reasonable speculation that the wide assortment of camera manufacturers who focus on mass market pocket cameras will face challenging business models as smart phones into into their optic space.  I’m hopeful about this.  Although I have a Canon G-11 that does reasonably well at concerts and a Nikon D-90 for higher resolution shots (regrettably, not allowed at concert venues because it has a detachable lens… go figure...), where I go, my iPhone goes with me.

There is much to be said of the truism: The best camera is the one that’s with you. 

That would be my iPhone 4.  I’m not overly impressed with its built in “camera,” but am suitably satisfied that it is miles beyond what was provided with the 3G.    It’s decent at some things (snapshots of anything in good lighting) and poor at others (any challenging lighting environment).  That said, as I once pointed out, I actually look forward to those occasions when I have time to take a few pictures using Hipstamatic, an iPhone App. 

Hipstamatic has a variation of “lenses,” “film,” and (rarely used) “flash effects” that regularly please or surprise me with the results.  But I never know what I’m going to get, so if I have time, I mix and match and take multiple shots to compare later.  Sadly, it does not have an option to save my preferred combinations for quick access, so it takes a little time.

Time is probably the more off-putting feature of this App to some.  Unlike most of the other photo Apps, you basically pre-process the picture by the choices you make, rather than applying defined effects after the photo is taken.  The inefficiency or uncertainty may not sit well with others, but for me, it’s like opening a present.  You can guess what’s in the box, but you don’t know until you open it.

Below are various photos I’ve taken with Hipstamatic.  Hover your cursor above each for comments, if interested. 

 

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