While we were out in town last weekend, my boyfriend proposed a challenge: to take photos using an app other than Hipstamatic or the main iPhone camera. I accepted the challenge, then had to consider what other apps I could delve into. As a rule, I’m not big on straight camera replacement apps, and I thought it in the spirit of the challenge to use something that applied an effect either immediately or directly after shooting, rather than relying on later post editing.
My first thought was to reach back in my toolbag for the Cross Process app. It’s a bit of a classic, having been around a couple of years, and it does one thing but does it well. It has an option to turn particular colours on and off, but I usually let it randomise the settings. I still reach for this when I want to give a photo some flare but don’t have any specific editing in mind. It’s a quick way to get usually-good results, and I used this app for several shots around the Piccadilly basin area.
The next app I tried is one I downloaded a while back, Harris Camera. My first (indoor, handheld) experiments with it were a bit disappointing, and I never got back to exploring it further. On our walk, I first tried taking some pics with this over by the Lomo wall, but the busy background and handheld shake produced less-than-stellar results. Later in the day while we were sitting with a coffee, I finally tried this with the phone on a tripod, and voila – it really made all the difference! I took several shots from this window, waiting for a tram to roll in at the right moment. The interface is a little quirky, but now that I’ve got the hang of it, I’ll definitely be using this more often.
(This shot also tied for top spot in an @igersmcr weekend challenge!)
This weekend, I’ve mostly been enjoying the new W Mag FreePak from Hipstamatic (below) – and I’ve *finally* finished off my first roll of Revolog film (600nm)! I can’t wait to see how it turns out; watch this space.