Thursday, April 8, 2010
I found a new app
Attention, iPhone fanatics! The geniuses behind the Hipstamatic app have released something new to feed our app addiction. It's called SwankoLab and, like Hipstamatic, it's very cool. In a nutshell, it simulates a darkroom -- you select an image you've already taken, then pour various "chemicals" into a developing vat and await the results. There are ready-made formulas you can try or you can just wing it and choose your own chemical stew. Imperfect results are encouraged -- over-processed, odd colours, etc.
If you wish, there are even extra chemicals you can buy for a small fee. I've only just downloaded it and haven't yet bought this add-on, but I just know I will.
It's way too early for me to have given SwankoLab a thorough workout, but I do like what I see so far. The fork and hydrangea images, above, were taken using the Hipstamatic app, while Tippi's picture was taken using the iPhone's camera only, no app involved. Tonight I brought these into SwankoLab (along with some others, too many to show here!) and played around. I tried some of the included chemical formulations on the hydrangea photo as well as Tippi's picture, and I messed about with my own concoction with the fork photograph. It's easy and it's fun. I can just see it -- more iPhone shenanigans are in my future!