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Hipstamatic | Tips & Combos



RESOLUTION VS SPEED

Since we all have our favorite app to shoot with, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite combos of Hipstamatic. Being my camera of choice in almost all circumstances, I got to be around quite a bit so hopefully these tips will help you choose or find the right combination that suits your style.

To start with, I think it’s importnat to be aware of all the possible settings available in Hipstamatic.

Some people may not know that there are 3 settings for the picture quality.
Low, Medium & High.

Those 3 dots on the left side of your lens of choice are indicators to what size and quality of pictures you Hipstamatic will output. If you are a really fast shooter and you like to shoot as much as possible, you might want to compromise the quality of your Shots by decreasing the level. So the lowest setting is the one you may want to use. Since the app only allows 8 slides at a time before it gets totally jammed, the low quality setting might work in your advantage. That way you can keep shooting more and avoid the roll to be full.

 

Personally, I shoot less and since I’m still shooting with a 3GS I always use the highest setting possible, that way my pictures are as big as the can be. Also, sometimes I post process some of the images and I like to have a high quality picture that i can play around in different apps. If the picture will get resized, you want to make sure that you have the  highest quality possible.  I strongly recommend this setting if you like to “appstack”.

*Appstacking: When using the same images that gets processed throughout  multiple apps to personalize it to your own style. 

 

 

HIPSTA COMBOS 

 

1. Lucifer VI + Nike AO DLX Film

For a extended period of time, this combo was and still is one of my all time favorite. The Lucifer lens has a very high amount of black saturation as well as strong vignetting around the border. I find it working very well in rainy and cloudy days since the blacks are so saturated the whites are as well. So in a very sunny day the contrast can be a tad too strong for this combination.

Here are some examples:

2. Lucifer + Rock B&W – 11 

This particular combo is probably one of the cleanest B&W setting you can find on Hipstamatic.  This film is also a highly saturated b&w film. On the contrary to the previous combo this film does not have vignetting and therefore the  results are closer to a regular b&w picture that could be shot with an alternative app. However, you still have a very contrasty result.

Here are some examples:

3. John S + US1776 (Americana Pack) 

Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with this combination. I am a big fan of high contras grainy film and this happens to be right where I really like it to be. It works great in almost any time of the day and circumstances such as; (rainy, sunny, cloudy days)  Like the other b&w films form Hipstamatic, it’s still very saturated in blacks but when it comes to the whites the game changes a bit.

The whites in this case seem to be a lot more grainy compared to all the other films and the John S lens seems to work really well together. I’ve tried using the Lucifer VI but it’s not doing exactly what I’m looking for. I have to say that I’m really digging this combo, very much! I rarely shoot with anything else these days.

Here are some examples:

Tejas + Cano Cafenol

Last but not least, a color combo. Discovered by the awesome @Dopez <– Click to view her awesome feed.

It’s always good to get out of your comfort zone and try a few new things. When it comes to colours this is probably my favorite combination to shoot with. The wash off effect and desaturated RGB with a tint of green bypass is just lovely. I find it working really well in sunny days.

Here are some examples:

I hope that these little tips will help achieve the look & feel that you are looking for.

Best,

D.

 





15 Responses to “Hipstamatic | Tips & Combos”

  1. Shaun Swalley says:

    Hey Dan! Just wanted to say a quick thanks for throwing this together! I haven’t tried most of these combos out. Funny enough, I usually was using the Lucifer VI lens, where you were using John S and vice-versa, 😉 so it’s been fun to try these out. Personally I’ve been enjoying the Loftus lens with many of the films, but the BW’s in particular ( AO DLX, AO, etc. ) the blurring offers a challenge to traditional composition, but adds a great dreamy effect. It reminds me of shots I’ve seen with lomo cameras ( such as some Diana work I’ve seen) that have a blurring to them. Anyway, cheers man!

    • Dan says:

      Shaun,
      Great to get you try out a few new options. That’s the beauty of Hipstamatic. They really know what they are doing in my opinion. It’s so versatile and well put together, I just love it.

      I’m really digging the new Americana US1776 film, lately.

      Cheers
      D.

  2. Cary Gossett says:

    Your site is exactly what I’ve been looking for–great job.

    Living in California, I must have a different Hipstamatic store than you. I cannot get Nike, Rock, Cano film, or the Tejas lens. Do you know of a way I can access these items?

    Currently, the best combos I have available are the John S and Lucifer lenses and US, BlackKeys Supergrain, Freedom 13, and Ina’s 1969 film.

    Wondering if you get BlackKeys Supergrain, Freedom 13, and Ina’s 1969 film in Canada?

    Would really appreciate any info on this issue if you have it!

    Best,
    Cary

    • Dan says:

      Hi Cary,

      Unfortunately from what i know, Hipstamatic has limited time on their combos. the Nike combo as well as the Can Cafenol where released last year for a limited time.
      You kinda have to get them when they come out right away. Sometimes the re-release some of their best combos for special occasions ad in this case the Nike film was re-released Christmas 2011.

      So my suggestion it to keep an eye open and grab the films or combos as soon as they come out.

      best,
      D.

    • p howard dilling says:

      Follow Hipstamatic on Twitter and like on Facebook oftentimes they will give you a heads up when previous paks are reissued. Also, see what in the store after an update.

      On the Hipstamatic website it has said that the Salvador Pak would never be reissued but, the it was in a Retropak.

  3. Malcome Brumet says:

    Great call on the John S/US1776 combo! Probably my favorite right now.

    Cheers-

  4. Sean Magnoni says:

    Nice article. Jimmy + Rock are pretty clean too.

  5. p howard dilling says:

    Thanks for the combos. I love seeing other’s favorites. Great too, that you showed examples.

  6. Kolms says:

    Nice article! It’s amazing how many different types of black and white can be achieved. Will have to try! At the moment, I do most of my Hipstamatic photos in color.

    One of my favorites is Libatique 73 in combination with Big Up. It an create something typically not associated with the happy, high saturation Big Up. It looks rather dark and gritty looking. Works best when it’s not too sunny – the example was shot sh
    Example: http://instagram.com/p/N22tajuKKv/

    Another thing I really enjoy is what Americana does in combination with a Blanko film, like the Blanko Freedom 13 that came with it. Looks best on photos of rain, wet surfaces, fountains and the likes, when it’s overcast but not dark.
    Example: http://instagram.com/p/NakBN_OKGE/

  7. Kolms says:

    Nice article! It’s amazing how many different types of black and white can be achieved. Will have to try! At the moment, I do most of my Hipstamatic photos in color.

    One of my favorites is Libatique 73 in combination with Big Up. It can create something typically not associated with the happy, high saturation Big Up. It is rather dark and gritty looking. Works best when it’s getting darker – my example was shot shortly after the sunset.
    Example: http://instagram.com/p/N22tajuKKv/

    Another thing I really enjoy is what Americana does in combination with a Blanko film, like the Blanko Freedom 13 that came with it. Looks best on photos of rain, wet surfaces, fountains and the likes, when it’s overcast but not dark.
    Example: http://instagram.com/p/NakBN_OKGE/

    Finally, I’ve made some decent sunny beach photos using Watts and Ina’s 1982. Feels warm and natural.
    Example: http://instagr.am/p/N3I6PeOKPz/

    • Dan says:

      Glad that you are finding your own tools. It’s all about exploration and enjoying that ride, as long as you keep on pushing you will refine your skills.
      Hipstamatic, is by far my personal favorite app to shoot with. Only in extreme conditions I will use something like Pro Camera.

      Your experiments are great, I always associate this act of using different lenses and films as cooking with your iPhone.
      One you know the ingredients you enjoy, you will end up cooking a great meal.

      Bon Appetit :)
      Best
      D.

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