Monday, March 02, 2009

iPhone phun

Resistance is futile.

If you own an iPhone (I do) then sooner or later (usually sooner) you'll be seduced (suckered) into the world of apps.  Today I downloaded (OK, bought) a fun little ditty that allows me to emulate film (remember that stuff?) thus giving your tiny 2 megapixel (nearly useless) images the effect of being created 'old school.'  

Seriously, it's a neat program and super cool considering it on your phone, err, portable communication device (these things haven't been just a phone since we hauled them around in a bag).  Anyway, I've been playing with some phone pix while my G5 (Mac) has been grinding away, processing real photos.  

Hope you like this one.  It's suppose to look like an old Polaroid SX-70.  Does a pretty good job actually.  Although, sadly, the resolution is only good enough for the web.  I'm sure that'll be different in future iPhones, especially since Samsung already has an 8-megapixel camera phone in England.  Darn Brits get the good stuff first.

Here's the same photo in "Helga" mode.  Helga, if you don't know, is the name of a plastic camera available from various retro shops and art stores.  The original camera, the Diana, is still available (last saw it at Urban Outfitters).  The camera's claim to fame (?) is a plastic lens that distorts and a plastic body that leaks light.  It leaks so much light that you must seal the camera with black tape before use.  It's funky and very fun.  Now if they could only make it digital...  

No comments: