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.

5 Top Photo Apps to Make Your Photos Stand Out from the Crowd

Update

This list has been updated to reflect the latest notable apps.

Take a look at 8 Essential Photo Apps,  Top Art Apps for Painting and New & Noteworthy Apps, in our library of free guides and app tips for iPhoneography


Transform your images into extraordinary, artful photos. Here are 5 photo apps that will help you make your photos pop, so they stand out from the crowd of regular, cookie-cutter filtered images, and don't look tacky. If you're an Instagram user, your photos will look different and unique in the stream of photos, when you use other apps to make your photos, and then share your photos on Instagram! 


Wood Camera

wood-camera

wood-camera

Flexible, fast photography app with an intuitive work flow and an elegant interface. Use the in-app camera to shoot with 22 lenses in real-time or import photos. Crop, and rotate. Add and tweak effects, texture, tilt-shift and frames.

What makes Wood Camera stand out

Create unique and interesting effects with Wood Camera's customisable filters that give the user more control over the final look.  

Photo sharing

Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.

Platforms

iOS devices.

Snapseed

Snapseed

Snapseed

Powerful, intuitive and sophisticated photo editing with a gesture based interface. Add drama, grunge, tilt-shift, frames, vintage film or make selective adjustments. Auto Correct analyzes your photo and automatically adjusts color and exposure. All effects can be fine-tuned and adjusted to taste. Excellent in app help makes it easy to learn Snapseed.

What makes Snapseed stand out

Versatile & powerful. Innovative touch based interface that's easy-to-use.

Photo sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.

Platforms

iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac OSX.

Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic

Turn your photos into art in three easy steps. Begin by picking a moody filter, then add a special effect (such as bokeh, scratches, rainbow or a vignette) and finally a border. Use the Shuffle effect for a random combination.

What makes Pixlr-o-matic stand out

Autodesk's Pixlr-o-matic is easy to use and free.

Photo Sharing

Facebook, Flickr, Imm.io and Dropbox.

Platforms

Android, iOS devices, Windows, Mac OSX.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic brings the romance of the analog experience into the digital age. With this unique camera app you can emulate analog photography by swapping your lens, flash, and film to create artistic photos. Shake the camera for a random combination. Hipstamatic creates beautiful, artful results and offers incredible versatility and control. "Digital photography never looked so analog"

What makes Hipstamatic stand out

The feeling of shooting with an analog camera.

Photo Sharing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr. Order analog prints right from the app.

Platforms

iOS devices.

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch

TouchRetouch

Remove undesirable elements from your photos by painting over them with your fingers with TouchRetouch. It works like magic.

What makes TouchRetouch stand out

Fast, easy and can save the day photo. 

Photo sharing

Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and Twitter.

Platforms

iOS devices, Samsung Bada and Google Android.

 

For more app tips and tutorials, check out our library of Free App Tips for Mobile Photography.