This week we saw an insane amount of new apps. Facebook Creative Labs revealed mobile-friendly message boards for iOS. Google wants completely reimagine your inbox. Even Skype had a doodle-centric tweak for Windows Phone. But there's much, much more to explore in the world of our three favorite operating systems, so…
The Claude glass was an early pocket lens, sans camera, that 18th century men and women would hold aloft to regard the scene over their shoulder.
Instagram and Hipstamatic are getting together to let Hipstamatic users post to Instagram, according to Fast Company. It's the first time that Instagram's API has let anyone post to the photo-sharing network with anything but the official iPhone Instagram app.
The web used to be about other people. IMing your friend, emailing your wife, a chatroom with other guinea pig enthusiasts. Now it's turning around. Information is becoming less important than emotion—the web is an empty nostalgia factory.
If you're a fan of taking your well focused, high-resolution iPhone images and adding fancy old-school lens types to them, you're in luck. Synthetic, the makers of Hipstamatic, have announced their D-Series collaborative-photo-roll app for iOS.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
I love fun fake photo filters just like everyone else. Instagram is my favorite way of seeing what my friends are in the midst of digesting. But let's never mistake "my dog looks like the 60s" for photography.
Apply as many filters as you want in Instagram, but you're not making art. For that you need 35mm film, updated with Lomography's latest take on an old Soviet classic, the LC-Wide.
If you want to take artsy, digitally distressed photos using your phone, you could use an app, one that intentionally belabors the process to make the photos feel even artsier, like Hipstamatic. Or you could go ultra artsy, with an IRL filter: David McCourt's Slow Photography box.
There's nothing new about cameraphones at concerts or even filter apps like Hipstamatic (it went to war and came back with an award!), but something about this picture got me thinking today about concert culture in a hyper-connected age.
It's incredible how, years after computers have landed every desk and so much of the media we consume has been converted to digital bits, people remain so deeply uneasy about the inauthenticity of things produced with digital tools. Like NYT photographer Damon Winter's award-winning photograph, shot with iPhone app…
Pictures of the Year International is a photojournalism contest that's a pretty big deal. This photo of the 2nd Platoon under fire in Afghanistan by New York Times photographer Damon Winter took third place this year. It was taken with the iPhone app Hipstamatic, which slathers photos with moody effects.
No need to be sheepish about it: your iPhone shots look cooler after you run them through some scratchy vintage filters. That's just the way it is! And now, with 8mm, you can do the same thing your iPhone video.
If you thought war photography on the front page of today's New York Times looked different, you're right. I did too. But I'd never have guessed that it was taken with an iPhone. Using Hipstamatic, no less!
Smartphones are the new portable cameras—almost. With these apps, though, you can turn your iPhone or Android handset into a true pocket camera killer.
Many a-time have I moaned about the lack of photo-altering apps available for Android. The iPhone has Hipstamatic and Swankolab—it can't be too hard to create similar apps for Android, can it developers? Enter FxCamera.