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Camera Bag for Iphone

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As much as I love Hipstamatic for Iphone, it does cripple my ability to change the iPhone camera’s focus and metering point, and it also takes a while to get from booting up the app to actually shooting.

To give me a little more control and speed when I want it, I downloaded  Camera Bag for $1.99. It features several quirky filters that you can apply to any picture you’ve already taken (unlike Hipstamatic, which mimics the film toy camera experience).

My iPhone now has many photo editing abilities, including panoramic stitching and HDR. Which makes me wonder, why can’t my expensive D300s do stuff like this!? Wouldn’t it be cool if Nikon opened up their digital cameras to software developers? One can dream can’t he?

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January 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hipstamatic for Iphone

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Screenshot from Iphone

I just downloaded what I think will be my favorite iPhone camera application yet. Digitally imitating the quirky, unreliable, unpredictable output of film toy cameras, Hipstamatic for iPhone features a slick and creative interface. You select effects by swapping “lenses” or “film” or even “flash gels” on the “camera” to achieve film-like effects.

You can toggle between the front and back of the camera within the interface. The front of the camera let’s you change “lenses” with the swipe of a finger. Each “lens” has its own color, blurring, and vignetting characteristics. You can add more effects by using different “flash gels,” or swap out the “film” to shoot in black and white or to change the look of the borders.

Camera Front

Camera Back

On the back of the virtual camera is a shutter button, a menu where you can review your “prints”, and a small “viewfinder” for composing your shots. You can program the “viewfinder” to be an accurate one, or an unpredictable inaccurate representation of the scene. Here are some wonderfully crummy shots that I took after downloading the app:

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Kodot Verichrome Film, Flash off

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Kodot Verichrome Film, Flash off

Hipstamatic + Helga Viking Lens + Kodot Verichrome Lens, Flash off

Blurry, Over-saturated, and heavily vignetted? Oh yes!!!!

Hipstamatic + John S lens + Pistil film, Flash off

From the Recent Prints screen, you can review what lenses/film/flash setups you used for each shot, and output to Facebook or Email from within the app. At $1.99 for the app plus $0.99 for extra lens/film/flash packs, Hipstamatic has earned its place on the first page of my iPhone homescreen. Ok, time to go get my “shoot, don’t think” on!

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Update: I have a blog in place for my Hipstamatic shots now: http://jonathanhipstamatic.wordpress.com. Check it out!

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December 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm