Instagram's integration with Facebook and a more Facebook-centric Terms of Service have many users looking for new ways to share photographic pieces of life. Consider expanding your vision to other apps. Just like the photography service you already know so well, there are plenty of other awesome apps and communities for beautiful photos. Read on for Instagram alternatives for your app library.
Calling all budding fashion photographers! If you're a loyal user of the Hipstamatic camera app, here's your chance to channel your inner Mario Testino. Hipstamatic teamed up with W magazine to create the WMag FreePak — which includes the Wonder Lens, W40 film, and WMag Case — in honor of the traditionally mighty September issue.
Even better than taking your own dreamy, fashion-forward photos? The companies are hosting a photography competition to discover the next great fashion photographer — possibly you! Inspired by W's 40 years of iconic fashion shoots, they're searching for head-turning images from the mobile generation. Strike a pose and submit a photo taken with the WMag FreePak for the opportunity to be featured alongside legendary photographers in an exhibit in New York City and shoot an editorial for W's website.
Food. It keeps us living, but when it's really good, it's a reason to live. When you find those tasty morsels that you just have to talk about, you could tweet it or post it on Facebook, but is there any better way to share in your foodie excitement than to take a photo? I think not. Here, seven foodie photo apps that are hot and ready to be served up on your smartphone.
Source: Instagram User kristykorcz
A recent poll conducted by MyMemory shows that your Facebook friends are likely to hide your posts or worse — unfriend you — if you post too many "gimmicky" filtered photos from apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram in your news feed. Filtered photo apps may be hot right now, with Instagram boasting a community of over 20 million users alone, but your Facebook friends say these pics are even more annoying than moms who incessantly share baby photos. You do have a choice to post (or not post) your photos to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, but according to the 1,671 Facebook users polled for this study, even once might be too much.
Tell me — are you a part of the group that hides your friends' filtered photos from your news feed? If not, be sure to check out our Cool Capture challenges to indulge your inner photographer.
Hipstamatic definitely has its benefits. By forcing you to choose your film and lens before you shoot your photo, you learn the nuances of each. But Instagram's 10 million member community (and growing) is one to be reckoned with. Both worlds will collide with the latest Hipstamatic update coming tonight that will allow you to share your Hipstamatic pics straight to Instagram, along with the usual suspects of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and email. Your pics can be uploaded through the Hipstamatic app and tagged with the #Hipstamatic tag on Instagram — one of the more popular tags within the community — for sharing.
But that's not all — Hipstamatic will also include some cool tagging features in this update, allowing you to tag your lens and film to document how you captured your shot, and tag your Facebook friends in photos right from the app. You can also view each photo's history to see where the pics were taken, and zoom in and out to see all your HipstaPrints.
Are you using Hipstamatic? If you're new to the app, here are some tips for using Hipstamatic like a pro. Happy snapping!
We headed down to the Haus of Hipstamatic last night for the iSnapSF gallery show. Hipstamatic photographers from all over the city showed off their prints, mingled, and enjoyed Hipstamatic's amazing new office space that's riddled with old vintage cameras, wooden floors, brick walls, and exposed lights — perfect for capturing amazing moments on camera. We took a tour of the building, but also got some pro tips from the Hipstamatic team that could come in handy for seasoned users and newbies alike. Check out some of the images we captured, along with the team's tips (and some of our own) in the slideshow!
There's a new camera app on the horizon from the smarties behind Hipstamatic, and it's taking cameraphone photography to a new level. It's called Hipstamatic D-Series, and it's like nothing you've used before. Where other camera apps allow you to see your photos in real time as you change filters, D-Series is modeled after old-school disposable cameras (you know, film?), forcing you to take a "roll" of 24 shots before you can see any of the pics you've snapped. In an interview with Pocket-Lint, Lucas Buick (founder of Synthetic, the company behind Hipstamatic) says the app is a throwback to days gone by, not just a filter:
It really is a completely different way to experience photography that a lot of people have forgotten about, but it wasn't so long ago that people don't remember it, and that's the key.
Hipstamatic D-Series hasn't hit the iTunes store just yet, but it's due out this month.
The iPhone 4 is already the second most popular camera on Flickr, so why not outfit your camera of choice in a little disguise? Made in partnership with the mobile photo smarties over at Hipstamatic, Agent 18's HipstaCase ($40, available May 5) looks like a slim little plastic camera from days gone by. Fitting your iPhone 4s and iPod Touches, the HipstaCase also comes with a few accessories — a tripod mount and a wrist strap — to help you get the perfect shot every time. You can preorder your own starting on April 28 from the Hipstamatic or Agent 18 websites, but if you want a closer look now, click on through the slideshow!
If you feel like you can't look at a blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed without coming across at least one "doctored" iPhone photo, you're not alone — simple photo editing or effects apps are a dime a dozen. From classic and popular apps like Hipstamatic and Photoshop aimed at distorting and enhancing photos to recent releases like Instagram that allow you to change your photos with one quick tap before sharing with friends, these treated photos truly are everywhere you look.
I like them, but may be in the minority with my opinion. What do you think? Are they pretty to look at or just getting old?
My friends have been going nuts for Hipstamatic, a $2 iPhone camera application that instantly changes your photos with different vignettes, blurring, over saturation, and discoloring. There are a variety of lens simulation options, like the John S, Jimmy, and Kaimal lenses, as well as different film treatments, too. Additional lens, film, and flash options are available grouped in "Hipstapacks" for $1 and up.
Once you have this app, your photos will never look the same! I love playing around with different colors and effects. Just one word of advice — if you use your phone to take photos often, don't get too sucked into Hipstamatic; it's so easy to get carried away! After you've played around with Hipstamatic, take a look at some more free and paid iPhone photography apps I've loved in the past.
May is National Photography Month, and in honor of the occasion I'm serving up a different photography tip, trick, or app every weekday in May, so please share your successful shots! Our Cool Capture group is not only a place to post your favorite pics, but you could also win a CanvasPop Print in our Cool Capture contest!