Hipstamatic 262 is out now – and so is Silver Lake HipstaPak!

hipstamatic 262 Silver Lake HipstaPak

Start your downloads. After over a week of false starts and hitting refresh in HipstaMart a jillion times, Hipstamatic 262 is finally out now. Included in the update is the long-awaited new Silver Lake HipstaPak, available as an in-app purchase of $0.99. As expected, the Silver Lake HipstaPak includes the new Abbie Lens and Dixie Film.

hipstamatic 262 silver lake, dixie film, abbie lens

The 262 update is light on new features. The main one is the new HipstaPak. I’ve had a chance to shoot a little bit around the house this evening. The Silver lake HipstaPak is definitely one of the better paks. Along with the the excellent Tintype SnapPak, the Haus of Hipstamatic are on a roll.

According to the descriptions, The Abbie Lens is “inspired by the Wonderful Abigail Spencer, (the) lens adds beautiful light to any situation. The lens washes the image in very warm, yellow tones — almost like one of the “cross process” filters found in some analog photo apps but not as washed out. It’s much better than a sepia.

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Be inspired by smartphone photographer Dilshad Corleone

Take three minutes to check out this inspirational, well-shot video featuring some great advice from smartphone photographer Dilshad Corleone about shooting, composing and telling a story with an image.

Of his practice, Dilshad says…

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Phoneography 101 – discover the secrets of fab phone photography!

The clever people over at Photojojo are offering an online course in which you can learn photography fundamentals for your favourite camera – your phone!

And it’s an offer too good to refuse… the special introductory price is just $5 and you receive a bonus FREE $5 Photojojo Gift Card when you finish!

iPhone classes start 1st March 2013
(Android classes coming soon)

phoneography101Photojojo University’s Phoneography 101 is a 4-week course that teaches you the principles of photography through the lens of your phone.

Twice a week you’ll receive an email with a simple and fun lesson that ends with a challenge to help you consolidate your new skills.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

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Is it ethical to shoot reportage images with iPhone apps?

Bomb blast, Libya
© Benjamin Lowy – Reportage by Getty Images
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Ben Lowy is an award-winning conflict photographer and photojournalist considered controversial by some because he captures his images with an iPhone.

Of his work, Ben says:

For years, I have worked with bulky digital cameras, always mindful of the technical manoeuvres from setting the shutter speed and aperture to editing and toning on a computer screen. In the last two years I have discovered that my iPhone has allowed me to capture scenes without feeling that I am once again on the job. To “point and shoot” has been a liberating experience. It has allowed me to rediscover the excitement of seeing imperfections and happy accidents rendered through the lens of my handheld device. I am able to create imagery, edit, and transmit all these images, creating a modern and efficient workflow for the most inefficient of pursuits – self expression.

Here are some more images that Ben shot while on assignment in Libya last year…

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Instant nostalgia – why we love the look and feel of lo-fi images

Adelphi Hotel, Melbourneimage ⓒ SWS

I absolutely love the look and feel of lo-fi images. And given the popularity of smartphone photography apps and the photo sharing program Instagram, it’s obvious I’m not alone…

There’s a plethora of both free and affordable smartphone photo apps out there, so if you’re keen to give them a go, you’ll have plenty to choose from!

In fact, I suspect I just might be addicted to downloading photography apps! They’re lots of fun and certainly help to bring out your creative side, with a wide choice of funky filters to transform your straight images into an almost countless range of potential new looks.

Some of the apps I enjoy using include Camera+, PhotoStudio, Hipstamatic, Lo-Mob, PhotoToaster, and Instagram.

The above image is one of my recent iPhone shots – below are some more images which incorporate a range of different app effects

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