The Hipsta look is not for everyone

…but you’re not everyone, are you? 🙂

Lately I’ve been having a blast with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone. And I’m not the only one. This thing has become quite a craze amongst photographers, amateur and professional, all over the world.

For me, it all started a few months ago, when a friend gave me their superseded iPhone 3G to ‘look after’. I had previously been, if not anti-iPhone, a bit underwhelmed. Couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Within a week, I was hooked! The thing is an absolute joy to use, and useful in ways that are hard to imagine (even if you’ve used a ‘smartphone’ before, as I had).

Hipstamatic was one of the first things I downloaded, having seen the interesting results it was capable of producing.

There are a couple of things about Hipstamatic that explain its appeal. Firstly, it’s dead simple – deceptively so. It’s up to the photographer to make good pictures with it. Of course that’s true of any camera, but the point is, there are no bells and whistles to distract, and there’s no technology to hide behind if your picture is not a strong one in the first place.

Hipstamatic – Images by Steven Pam

You see, just as some airline pilots find that their job can take the lustre off flying – until they get back into a little “stick and rudder” plane and really feel why they started flying in the first place, we pro photographers can get a bit jaded, too. Since I got the iPhone and Hipstamatic, I’ve really gone back to my photographic roots of photographing little details of life that catch my eye – just like I did the first time I picked up my Mum’s Kodak 110 Instamatic when I was about 7 years old.

Of course Hipstamatic has its limitations, but that’s the very charm of it. It forces you to think about your photography very differently.

Anyway…the point I’m trying to get to here, is that I thought it would make sense to start offering this style of work to select clients. This is definitely not a look that would work for everyone, but it might be a perfect fit for certain organizations.

I’ve made some of my favourite Hipstamatic shots available for licensing in my stock library, and if you’d like to commission something specific for your own needs (maybe even some framed prints for the office?), I’d love to hear from you.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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