Few categories of apps are as congested as photography. Our smart phones have become the go to camera of choice for many, while filters have allowed us all to pretend like we actually take good pictures. When I purchased my first iPhone the second app I downloaded was Hipstamatic (the first was Tweetie; the best twitter app of all time, ALL TIME!). I wasn’t alone in this, Hipstamatic has been a force in mobile photography for a while and when they release a new product there is a large amount of buzz that follows it.
That leads us to TinType. After spending a few minutes playing with the app I found myself nostalgic for the gritty photos of the 1800’s and power they convey. What the folks over at Hipstamatic get right here is the intrigue of remixing the past with the present. Although you can take pictures of whatever you want; the app is, at its core — a selfie app. But what sets it apart is how beautiful those selfies come out.
After snapping your pic (come on, we all know its going to be a selfie) you are greeted with the choice of monochrome or color. Both are gritty, grungey and feel distant, as if you’re being swept into the past. Next to the color choices is the choice of using a farm or not. Now I am not a huge fan of frames, but I found myself liking the framing in TinType. The next step is adjusting the grain in the picture via a slider. After you get the grain just right there is a setting specifically for faces in the form of making your eyes pop or not. The last step is to decide how much depth of field goodness you want.
The biggest issue I found with TinType was that it couldn’t find my eyes behind my glasses. I wear my glasses all the time so this kind of infringes on my TinType selfie game. First world problem, right? The lack of crop, zoom, and the ability to adjust focus using the apps camera are also minor annoyances. After taking a few pictures with the app I forgot about those usually normal features because the pictures, simply put, look really stinking cool .
Sharing to all the major social sites is also included because, whats the point of a selfie if you can’t show it to everyone.
TinType is $0.99 in the iOS App Store.