LoFi

I’m increasingly playing with low fidelity photography these days; I’m especially drawn to a few combinations of lenses and films in Hipstamatic on the iPhone. And with the demise of the iphoneography blog, I decided to add a lofi section to my own blog. There is still the excellent Life in LoFi blog of course.

Taken in a local cafe in 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Kodot XGrizzled Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

Taken in a local cafe in 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Kodot XGrizzled Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

There are several apps to choose from apart from the built-in camera app. I’ve opted for Hipstamatic as this offers hundreds of combinations of lenses and films. Plus, I like the square format.

Airstream Cafe, London

Airstream Cafe, London, 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Cano Cafenol Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

I realised I needed to find a few combinations that suited my style of photography. I’m not keen on nostalgia but I like desaturated colour and black & white. Fancy borders can sometimes be useful to add character and provide a unity to a set of pictures, though some of the Hipstamatic films go a bit overboard. Generally, the simpler the better!

Windmills

Windmillls, local garden centre, 2011. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash. I tried the image in colour but found it overpowering, prefering the abstract quality of black & white. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

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