If you’ve been with me for a while you might know I take all my photos with my iPhone and if you are a details person you’ve noticed I typically tag each photo or post with the editing app used in case a reader wants to try something new with their own work. I’ve got more apps than I want to count and each has at least one unique feature that inspired me to download but when it comes time to edit images and post my results I skip over all of them and open one of these favorite three every single time.
In no particular order my favorites are Snapseed, VSCO & Hipstamatic. Sometimes Oggl substitutes for Hipstamatic if I want to process a straight out of the camera shot into something with a Hipstamatic filter but really I like the immediacy of shooting and finishing all in one.
Snapseed is a great easy-to-learn app that quickly offers subtle balance corrections, straightening, cropping and some fun filter effects if you want a more dramatic change.
VSCO also offers corrective features, a large library of soft and pretty filters that mimic film photography and has a vibrant online community full of like-minded photographers.
While Snapseed and VSCO are my apps for subtle changes Hipstamatic is where I go to explore small moments in time. When I’m overwhelmed and tired of the chaos that comes with a busy life I like how the square format directs my focus to just one or perhaps two things. It’s a photographic chance to slow down and take a breath while tuning out distractions. I know some people find the editing heavy-handed but I like it for just that reason because when I use Hipstamatic I’m not trying to capture a realistic image of the moment, instead I’m exploring how each little square is a work of art hidden in the day. The lens/film/flash combinations add a painterly quality that transforms something easy to overlook into something that makes me think.
All of this is a long-winded way of introducing my next series of posts. For months I’ve wanted to post more regularly but I was out of new pictures to share and as a result out of anything interesting to say. Now I’ve got a series of Hipstamatic images ready to go and I thought I should give you a little behind-the-scenes insight into why they were shot this way. Over the next week or so I’ll have several posts full of images from my daily escapes outside but instead of big, beautiful PNW vistas these are small in scale and more personal. Now you’ll see the one element in a big space that drew me in instead of a panoramic shot with something for everyone. I have those too and will share them another day but this week will be all about Hipstamatic and shades of blue.
All photos shot with my iPhone 7+ using Hipstamatic and the Elijah/Love 81 combination.