Anyone that owns an iPhone (and now Droid) probably knows about Instagram. I’m sure you’ve also seen the internet buzzing about Facebook’s acquisition of it. Most of you have probably used the app yourselves or have at least had your interest peeked by the buzz. Because of the 8 megapixels and post processing applications, iPhone photography has become a photography genre of it’s own. My husband, in particular, has become a master at it. He has assisted me with photographing weddings before, so he has the practice and possesses talent. But it has become a running joke that he’s better with his phone than a real camera.
That being said, Jvee doesn’t like Instagram. Well, he doesn’t mind it, but he prefers Hipstamatic. And it’s not because he’s some elitist hipster that is upset they sold-out to Droid and Facebook. It’s rather a preference for versatility, control, and even the unpredictability.
Check out some of my favorite shots that he has taken with Hipstamatic:
The cool thing about Hipstamatic is the ability to switch “films”, “lenses”, “cases” and “flashes” within the application’s “camera bag”. This results in multiple unique possibilities for each photograph. You can save your favorite combinations for later use. You can even elect to randomize the effects. The app isn’t free like Instagram but having gotten tired using the same Instagram filters over and over, I’m fine sparing 2.99 (+ .99 each film pack) for some variety.
Another thing he likes about Hipstamatic is the Hipstamart. You can send your photos to their photolab to be printed in a variety of sizes. We’ve done this a couple of times and have loved the results.
These are the 4in print pack @ 9 prints for $5.
One of the things we like to do with our prints (besides frame them like this) is slap some magnets on the back and stick them up on the refrigerator. Like so…
If you’re partial to Instagram you don’t have to make a complete switch to enjoy Hipstamatic. Hipsta recently added an option for users to export and share to Instagram, so your photo friends won’t miss any of your shots. Try it out and tell us what you think!