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hipstamatic vs instagram

(pictures above taken yesterday, because i was really excited that i found a nice (cheap!) leather bag at crossroads, as well as finding out that trader joe’s is selling beautiful peonies and giant chocolate macarons… an exciting errands run for me!)

lately i’ve been trying to use the iphone app “instagram” to take pictures while i’m out and about. previously, i’d been using “hipstamatic” which i have a ton of fun with but which does not have the social network aspect that instagram has.

they both have a several options for post-processing your pictures. what’s fun about hipstamatic is that you can switch out your “lens” and “film” and “flash” to create different effects, and you can mix and match to your heart’s delight. however, you have to choose your settings before you take your picture, and then you are stuck with those settings. instagram, on the other hand, allows you to take your picture first, and then lays out all of your effects options so that you can select and preview the effects before deciding on which one to choose.

you can upload pictures to twitter and facebook etc using either app, but you have to go into each social network to upload your hipstamatic pics, whereas if you sign up with instagram and allow it to access your networks (different topic there) then you can upload it with a tap of a button at the same time that you publish your picture to the instagram network.

i’m still trying to get a feel for the instagram network… i see a ton of beautiful pictures on there but i do feel that unless you upload pictures not taken with the app itself, you can be fairly limited with what you can take (pictures taken with instagram seem to fall into categories of: random food pics, random family pics, random travel pics) which is not necessarily a bad thing and can force you to try to be more creative… but then i’m not sure what the point is besides the ease and convenience of looking at everyone’s pictures all together (rather than as separate categories like in other social networks). instagram does seem to require more upkeep in order to remain current, which then goes against the “ease and convenience” bit. on the other hand, hipstamatic simply allows you to take funky pictures, which you can then upload to twitter/facebook whenever you feel like it.

i’m still getting the hang of instagram, and maybe if i had more personal contacts on it then it’d feel different but as it is i feel like i can get just as much out of hipstamatic and uploading pictures to the social networks that i actively use. in the end for me, it really boils down to what style of picture i want to post, because hipstamatic and instagram offer slightly different options.

have you used either app? do you have a preference?

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