What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hipstamatic is a photography app that lets users apply different filters to taking photos so that the end result is a photo that looks like it was shot with an old-fashioned analog camera. These photos can be shared them with friends, and used to enter public contests sponsored by the app publisher. The standard $1.99 app comes with a handful of filters, and additional "Hipstapaks" of effects cost $0.99 each.
Is it any good?
HIPSTAMATIC recreates the experience of photography before the digital age -- warts and all. The app transforms the iPhone's screen into the back of an analog camera complete with tiny viewfinder and the ability to swap out flashes and film canisters to achieve different visual effects. The "effects" include blur, over-exposure, and random shadowing. The resulting photos look like they were taken in the 1970s -- they're even square-shaped instead of the modern 4x6 inches. Hipstamatic's nostalgia-driven hipster charm might very well be lost on kids, but for their parents it provides all the artsy fun of an analog camera without the hassles of film.