5 weeks ago
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Bag O Cameras
People that know me would probably find it surprising that I take time to promote something technological but I found something so cool I'm gonna. First...two little facts as way of providing back story: My favorite camera is the cheap plastic Holga, and, before I got my iPhone all I had was an old school rotary dial phone.
Since iPhone opened up their platform for the development of new "applications" I have spent a little time looking for things that would make my phone more useful. There's not much out there that has really tweaked my interest but I recently found one called CameraBag. It allows you to apply effects to the photos you take with the iPhone so they end up looking like they were taken with different style cameras. The top photo is of a zennias taken with the 1974 option. It gives you those tweaky saturated colors like old postcards. The second one is of a black oak I took with the Lomo feature. Those photos print out with a nice white border around a square image. Love that. And the bottom photo is of a maple I took with the Holga option. You get the vigneting at the corners and the dirty square image the Holga is famous for. In the actual application they call them Lolo and Helga as a cheap ass attempt to avoid trade mark infringement I suspect. You are still limited to the camera capabilities of the iPhone but like all tools you begin to learn what they do well and what they do poorly. The other camera options with the application are cinema, Ansel Adams, 1962, and infrared. If you have an iPhone and like taking pictures you should check it out. You can also apply any of these camera options to your existing photos. It cost me less than two cups of coffee. You'll probably see more photos on this blog soon. Having fun with it.