A Natural Look With Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic. A natural look. 

Hipstamatic. A natural look. 

If you like to give your iPhoneography a just a bit of a boost, without creating much of a post-processed look, here are some Hipstamatic lenses that can give you those results.

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Top left: unprocessed iPhone camera shot Top right: Jane. Adds a little contrast. Second row left: Loftus. Vivid colours, soft lighting and hazy edges. Second row right: Americana. Blue colour cast. Blur at edges or corners.

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Top left: Melodie. Boosts contrast, background and warm colours. Top right: Foxy. Increased contrast, softened photo, adds warmth - yellow and red. Bottom row left: Wonder. Desaturated, high contrast magazine inspired lens that tones down warm colours. Bottom row right: Adler. Softened, brightened washed out look.

Hipstamatic lens comparison

Hipstamatic lens comparison

You might also like to take a look at our Free Tutorials and Guides for iPhoneography

A Favourite Hipstamatic Combination: Loftus and Sugar

iPhone photo. Hipstamatic app with Loftus lens and Sugar film

iPhone photo. Hipstamatic app with Loftus lens and Sugar film

I've been addicted to Hipstamatic ever since I discovered it. The unique camera app that emulates analog photography by letting you swap your lens, flash, and film to create artistic photos.

An Analog Experience in the Digital Age

Unlike the many apps that let you apply an effect after you shoot the photo, Hipstamatic filters and effects are chosen before the image is captured, and just as with analog photography, the results remain a secret until the photo is 'developed'. You pick a camera first, rather than choosing a camera effect afterwards. This is how Hipstamatic brings the analog photography experience into the digital age.

Choices, Choices

By using different combinations of films, lenses, and flashes, you can create an almost infinite number of different shooting combinations all resulting in unique and truly personal styles of creative expression. This is amazing, but it can also get overwhelming

When Less is More

Endless choice is the biggest challenge with digital art and photography. The paradox of choice when we find ourselves paralyzed by all of our choices. Which one is the best version? This one? That one? Which effect shall I use? Which app? It can both be freeing and draining. In the worst case scenario you end up doing nothing, because you can't decide which app to use, which effect... Having too many choices may actually prevent us from making a choice.

A Minimalist Approach to iPhoneography

My solution to the paradox of choice, is to limit my choices. I've been weeding out my iPhone photography apps, keeping only my favourites. I'm in a phase when I post-process very little and Hipstamatic has become my go-to app for shooting photos. I use a favourite Hipstamatic combination that I can stick with for creativity on-the-go, saving the experiments for days when I've got more time and I'm in the mood to fiddle around and try new things.

A Favourite Hipstamatic Combination

One of my favourite Hipstamatic combinations: the Loftus lens, which creates wonderful vibrant images with a soft focus around the edges (or a mild tilt-shift effect) combined with the Sugar film that adds a simple, thin, soft focus black edge to the image.

For more app tips and iPhoneograpy tutorials, check out our library of Free Guides for Mobile Photography and Art.