I’ve had many questions posed to me lately: what’s the difference between Hipstamatic and Instagram? Which photo apps do you use? How do you decide which to use? This blog entry is to hopefully make this a bit clearer.
I think of my photographic world as a continuum. A time-space continuum, if you will. I decide which app to use based on two factors: how much time I have (time, obviously) and how much the object I’m photographing is moving (the space, if you will.) Here’s a brief intro into the continuum.
If I have a TON of time, and the object is doing whatever it wants to do (sports, dogs, kids, flora, fauna, etc) – then I go for my trusty Nikon D-50. (Hey. No judging.)
If I have some time, and the object is stationary to moving a little bit, then i use Hipstamatic.
If I am pressed for time and I have a slightly more movable object, but I still want to use a bit of post-processing flair, then I use Instagram.
If I have NO time and the object is not cooperating, but I want to capture the moment and do post processing in either Instagram or Photo Toaster, then I just use the basic default camera on my phone and hope for the best!
Basically, all that can be summarized on this handy dandy chart:
You can see that as time increases on the left and space increases on the bottom, then the photo app that I use changes. The highlights around the photo app indicate how wide of a range of applicability they have in regards to time and space. (In my world, anyway!)