Being a lover of the editing process, the first thing I had to get over was the perceived loss of creative control. With Hipstamatic, your creative choices are made pre-shot. You select a film, a lens, and a flash (if needed). Each of these items have distinct characteristics and they can be combined for a wide variety of styles/looks.
The second issue I had was adjusting to shooting based on a tiny viewfinder window. It seemed like I could never line up the shot the way I wanted. Once I found out that you could adjust the viewfinder to fill the screen, I jumped in and started finding combinations that I liked.
Below are a few tips that got me going with Hipstamatic.
To change the lens, swipe left or right over the lens image. Touch the icons on this screen to change the film, the flash, the camera body (this has no effect on the final image), to shop for new items, and finally to shoot.
You'll see this after touching the film icon. To change the film, swipe up and down over the film image. One important note is to click the "Edit" button from this page, which will allow you to turn on/off the shake for random feature. I hate this feature and keep it turned off. If you keep this on, the slightest bump will change all the combinations you previously selected.
You'll see this after touching the arrow icon. This is the tiny viewfinder window I mentioned earlier. Push the yellow button to snap the image. You can also turn your flash on/off from here. I prefer to shoot from the full screen viewfinder. Pull from opposing corners of the small viewfinder to expand (see the next image).
This is the full screen viewfinder. Simply touch the screen to snap the shot.
Hope you find these tips helpful. I look forward to seeing your shots in the weekly Hipstaroll! By the way, my favorite Hipsta combo is John S with AO DLX. What's yours? Do you have any other tips for using Hipstamatic? I'd love to hear them!