I finally figured it out! Hipstamatic that is. The daffodils in these pictures are the same group with the above picture being taken with my Nikon J1 camera to serve as a reference point. The rest were taken through the Hipstamatic camera application. Awhile back I was organizing my iPhone and playing with my camera apps (read here) when I realized that I had no idea how to take photos using Hipstamatic. Of course, I could take a picture but maneuvering the app didn't come to me right off the bat. I knew I needed to take a bit of time and learn how to use it properly so I saved it for last. I took a couple of hours one day about a month ago and decided it was time to see what this little jewel was all about.  It's pretty cool!

First of all, after downloading the camera+ app I felt I needed a few more options so after some research I downloaded the kitcam app which I am perfectly happy with. It seems to fit my everyday needs with a few extras built in if I want to expand. When you open Hipstamatic it looks different from your normal camera app so I guess that threw me off to begin with. Until I knew what I was doing on something universal I didn't want to confuse my brain. After a few sessions my brain clicked on what to push when on those so it was time to move on.

I had read that Hipstamatic was part of a cool retro trend and, of course, cool and retro are both things that I dig.  Rather than long photos it takes square photographs like Instagram. Depending on your choices of software filters you can make the images look as though they were taken with an antique film camera. You can choose among a number of effects which are presented in the application as simulated lenses, films and flashes. I purchased a couple extra packs after I got going. If you have too many I think it would be hard to remember which one is which but I found you can save your favorite settings. 

When the application first opens it looks like an old camera front. You can change your film (swipe up and down after bringing up the current setting), your lens (swipe back and forth on lens) and flash (swipe back and forth after bringing up the current setting), along with shopping (you can order additional packs and prints) and a reverse arrow which takes you to the back of the camera. This is where you take your photo, turn your flash on and off, see the pictures that you have taken and save your favorite settings. I could not find a way to turn the camera around to take self-portraits so I don't believe this to be an option but I may have missed something. When you bring your images up to view you have the option to delete, order prints or send to your favorite websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr.

I used the same lens on all the shots without a flash. The different films were what I found to be awesome.  All of the films have different frames. A lot of those are light colored which you can't see very well against this white background but that is why some of the images may appear smaller. Still lots to learn but for now it's a fun camera application which I highly recommend. I say get it! ♥








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