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by Whitney Taylor, Phone-ography Editor

When I first discovered the Hipstamatic app (for my smartphone) more than a year ago I was in love with the spontaneousness. I have since become more of a control freak. The one good thing about the Hipstamatic app is you have the option to control the film and lens settings or you can let the app pair the film and lens at random. I have a library full of images taken with Hipstamatic, some I love and others not so much.  It just so happens that a majority of the settings I've used and love are black and white.  I'm going to share my most loved black and white film/lens settings on Hipstamatic and if you're a control freak like me you can put these to good use.

All four images taken using the Hipstamatic App using the:  John S Lens, Claunch 72 Monochrome Film, No flash
























Bottom two images taken with the Hipstamatic app using the John S Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash 













The John lens when paired with one of these two films can give lovely outcomes and works especially well with photographing landscapes. Now I've grown to love the black and white options with this app the most, but there are many lovely color options as well. Here is my favorite color combination.

Bottom Left and Right taken with the Hipstamatic app using the John S Lens, Ina's 1969 Film, No Flash                                                                                                                                                                                                                 













Spontaneity can still play a part as you find what you like best through trial and error. There are countless options from the 12 films and 8 lenses avalaible on this app.  The examples above demonstrate how one lens can give three varying results based on the Film chosen.  I hope you all enjoy this app as much as I have.



Whitney Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University in Studio Art. She's a painter who loves to photograph her life and two daughters.  

Being busy with family life, photography becomes her creative outlet most days via Iphoneography and Instagram (MRSWHITTAYLOR). 




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