Earlier in the week, Deb Duty shared a link to a cool Photoshop action from World's Best Actions, that mimics the iPhone Hipstamatic app. I've been seeing hipsta shots all over flickr and in other photoblogs and love the effect, but I'm a Blackberry owner and at least a year away from an upgrade opportunity through my provider.
Until now, I never wanted an iPhone anyway because I'm not a big fan of touch screen phones. But with all the cool photo apps available, I want to get into the whole iPhoneography game too.
Turns out, my options for non-touch screen smart phones are dwindling anyway. When my beloved BB Bold died, I was forced into a BB Torch, which is also a touch screen phone and I really hate it. Not only that, I went a few days thinking my Torch was lost so I called in an insurance claim and now I have a shiny new back-up that I should probably wear out (or lose) before I consider moving over to the iPhone side. So, this little free action was a great tip. I'm linking up with Deb's This or That Thursday with the photo shown above.
Once I started with this action, I had so much fun I almost couldn't stop. It seemed the perfect processing for my cache of photos from Cannonsburgh Village and it was easy to crank a bunch of them out in a short period of time. The image above received a comment on Flickr that the processing was more old fashioned than hipsta, and I started to wonder if I knew what hipsta was anyway. Then I realized I should also not assume all my readers do either, so I looked it up.
Hipsta is not to be confused with Hipster, the contemporary subculture whose defining style is to create appearance of "not caring." Creating that appearance seems to involve vintage clothes (read old and worn out). The only thing that the iPhone Hipstamatic app seems to have in common with Hipsters (other than maybe being used by the so-called "trust fund" hipsters) is its vintage appearance as it converts digital photographs into something that looks like an old analog polariod, or "fauxlaroid" as it is called by hipsta haters. So old fashioned and hipsta are pretty much the same thing it seems. Hipster is another subject entirely.
In the process of researching this, I discovered that the whole Hipstamatic and iPhoneography craze is somewhat controversial. Photography purists who have spent years of their lives learning the technical skills required to create this vintage feel seem to mightily resent how easily this effect can be created. Now that some of these photos are actually winning awards and recognition, the rift between "hipstmaddicts" and professional photographers is widening. One article I found predicts the Hipstamatic app will bring death to authentic photojournalism.
Way to burst my creative bubble. I was so proud of my little vintage "fauxlaroids" until I commenced to googling. Oh well, in the end I still think they are cool looking, and at this point in my journey while I learn the technical business and develop my style, these tools are fun and educational as well. When deconstructing the final result of the Photoshop action, I can tell from the layers what creates this effect so I could do it manually if I really wanted to. But, why go to all that trouble when it can be done with a click or two of a button?
So, hate on hipsta if you want - I don't care. Maybe I am getting a little Hipster attitude as well.
You can find more of my fauxlaroids (more to be added later for sure) on my Flickr site along with other differently processed images from my Cannonsburgh visit.
Today I am thankful for....