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Lomography has become an art, the art of the old cheap film cameras from the 70′s, the Lomo, the Diana, the Holga, the Sardina, are just some of the models that have been revived to bring back the analog feeling to photography. These cameras were so imperfect, blurry lenses, inaccurate focus, primitive metering systems that made every picture a unique work of art, of course, a bit distorted from reality. Lomography brings back the reality distortion, and has made it a type of visual beauty. People have become bored from the perfection of digital cameras that they are exploring new ways of making images with personality with the Lomography cameras. I have used Lomography cameras for quite a while very fun, the downside is the developing costs. Every film roll costs around €10 plus the shots you want to have printed, each going for €1 or so. I was spending around €30-€50 a month on film print and development, although I enjoying it was leaving a small dent in my savings. So I decided to find a more economical way of shooting film style without the financial costs.
How to edit photos with the lomography effect
The most important thing for achieving a good lomography effect is having the right app. I personally recommend these which I use on my iPhone or iPad. It is not necessary to do any complicated retouching with Photoshop or anything like that, just a good app is enough.
These are my recommended apps, which I have both on my iPhone and iPad.
- Leme Cam
- Photo Toaster
- Camera Plus
- and of course Instagram
The best thing you can do is to shoot the pic with a camera other from your mobile so you can get better resolution. Even the iPhone 5 lacks the sharpness a good point and shoot or DSLR.
- Get digital stock photos from your digital camera or mobile
- Import the image to any of the recommended apps
- Edit crop and export
The following images were shot with the Canon S100 a 12.1 MP camera incredibly sharp and great optics, edited with Camera Plus.
No camera this time, only the iPhone 4S at 2000 meter altitude high in the Swiss Alps. Just the phone to capture the beauty and vastness of the Alps! But don’t underestimate the power of the iPhone 4S, with 8 megapixels and 2.0 aperture, which combined with the right apps and skill can deliver breathtaking images.
The iPhone camera itself might not be enough to get good landscape photos, since its narrow angle gives you a very limited point of view. So in order to expand it there are a number of options, from accessories to apps, this time I used two amazing iPhone Apps, Dermandar and 360 Panorama by Occipital.
Here are some samples and a review of both apps.
Dermandar Panorama App
Dermandar is a panoramic app that allows you to take up to 360 photos. The app lets you shoot in a circular motion a series of frames which later stitches automatically in one wide frame. It then saves the image in your iPhone camera roll and gives you the option to share it or uploaded to the Dermandar site with your account. The pro of uploading it to their site is that you can embed the shot on your website through java script or flash giving you the panning animation effect to your image.
Scroll the image sideways to full view of the panoramic.
Pizzo Molinera (2280m)
Locarno City in Ticino
360 Panorama by Occipital is another great app for the iPhone and the iPad that gives you 360 view and uses de iPhone gyroscope technology to give more realism to the panoramic experience.
The app allows image embedding so the user can see the 360 panorama directly on any website.
For best results view on the iPhone or iPad.
Pizzo Molinera Peak
Sunset in the Swiss Alps
Comparing Dermandar and 360 Panorama Apps
Dermandar is very responsive and quick in developing the shots, it has a really good resolution and stitches the frames almost perfectly, making a smooth and well blended image.
- Excellent frame stitching technology
- Easy to use
- Easy sharing and embedding of images in html
- Excellent resolution and image exposure
- The app could have a better design and interfase, however this doesn’t affect usability that much.
360 Panorama allows you an almost spherical perspective in 3 dimensions giving you the most realistic experience. It also takes advantage of the iOS gyroscope technology to get an augmented reality AR experience with your image.
- Takes advantage of gyroscope technology for Augmented Reality viewing experience.
- Allows image embedding in html.
- Gives you an expanded 360 degree view sideways and up/down, spherical point of view
- Allows social network sharing
- Frame exposure and stitching fails sometimes
Both apps have their pros and cons, however in terms of image quality I shall say Dermandar is much better, however in terms of a more realistic viewing experience 360 Panorama is unique with the use of the iOS gyroscope technology.
Capturing the greatness of the Swiss Alps is not an easy task, since nothing can match the experience of being high in the mountains. However, with the technology available on the iPhone getting a full 360 panorama is pretty easy. I highly recommend getting both of these apps and definitely visiting the Alps!
From what I personally saw there were more than 500 people lining up in front of the Shibuya Apple Store during the iPad 2 launch day May 28th in Japan. Many of them had been lining up for more than 12 hours since the day before. They stayed over night, with folding chairs, sleeping bags and cushions, not even the cold weather and rain sent them home! This was how badly people wanted the iPad 2 in Japan. I wouldn’t even call that macfans, but mac junkies!
Why would these people want an iPad so badly?
So last March Admob a mobile advertising company acquired by Google released some interesting research results about the tablet pc aka the iPad. Most of the results were based on the iPad since this tablet has 85% of the market share.
From the study I was not surprised to see that the vast majority of users use the iPad for, guess what, gaming!! 84% of the tablet users are just using it to play. On the other hand another result concluded that 59% of the respondents spend more time each day on their tablet than, guess what, reading a paper book. Well at least some users are saving some paper.
Here is the breakdown of the iPad usage:
- Playing games 84%
- Searching for information 78%
- Emailing 74%
- Reading the news 61%
- Accessing a social network56%
- Consuming entertainment 51%
- Reading ebooks 46%
- Shopping online 42%
- Other 19%
On the other hand from another study from what the App market shows games are on the 1st place with 58% of the store downloads. Supply and demand clearly shows that games are the most profitable applications because they have the biggest market. And most of these games are puzzles, action and adventure software. If you ask me what I think about games, I would say its just a waste of time. I have been there, with the PS, Nintendo and iPhone. All I can say, I could have used my money and time better. Anyways some people might say that games contribute to developing certain skills, however I might disagree to some point.
With more than 20 million iPads since its launch and hundreds of millions of iPhones out there, the gaming market is huge, I just wonder how many of those games are really productive.