Hipstamatic is an iPhone application which allows the user to take photographs using the iPhone camera with added effects and filters. The software has the appearance of a film camera and the various effects are represented as swappable films, lenses, and flashes.
Apart from taking a few pictures of my pets every time I go home, I have very little experience with photography. I’d never heard of Hipstamatic, have still not used Instagram, and in fact only have a fourth generation iPod Touch, not an actual iPhone, so I’m working with a .7 megapixel camera with no flash.
I initially tested a few of the filters that Hipstamatic offers but ultimately stuck with the basic configuration – I didn’t like the look of many of them, and not having a way to preview the shot with the filter applied meant that I would need to take the same photo with each just to ensure I got the result I wanted. The majority of the pictures I took were outside, at night, so not having a flash meant I was relying on whatever lighting fixtures were already in place. It’s not something I would recommend doing, especially for someone as inexperienced as I am, as many of the pictures I took were almost entirely black.