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By Andrew Green

I have the Foo Fighters to blame for getting me into mobile photography. To get presale tickets to a gig, I needed to be on a UK cellular network. And, to get on that network, I needed to get an iPhone 4.

So, I got the iPhone and immediately downloaded Hipstamatic. Although I didn’t get tickets to the gig, I became absolutely hooked on Hipstamatic. Around that time, I had one of my first fashion shoots. To the surprise of the model, I asked if she wouldn’t mind me taking some pictures on my phone. She agreed, and I loved the results. This would become a recurring theme over the next 3 years.

I always get asked “Why are you shooting with that?” Traditional DSLRs give such similar results, and I want to create something different, while still getting beautiful, interesting images. When I show people the results, and they call others over and say, “You should see this!” then I know I’ve done my job.

I now use Oggl on every shoot, applying the same principles I would use when shooting with any other camera. 

HOW TO:

Scout & Prep: Scout locations in advance to make sure you have the conditions you want, and have lens and film combos in your head. Reviewing as you go along is key. Don’t however be so set in your ways and always stick to the same combos. Oggl now gives you the opportunity to change things after the shoot, giving you surprising but excellent results that you may have not gotten before. Remember to save those as favorites!

Know Your Audience: Are you shooting for yourself or for a client? If it’s a client, get a brief on their requirements. If it’s for yourself, have a clear idea in your head what you are trying to achieve with the shoot. Storyboarding can help ensure everyone gets what they want, and advance preparation means that if time is restricted, then no time is wasted.

Assemble an A-team: Put interesting people and clothes in front of the camera, and work with the best creative team you can assemble. It makes your job a million times easier, and you’ll definitely get better results.

Basics Still Rule: Fundamental points of creating great images still apply, meaning lighting, composition, ideas, and killer concepts. You also need to be flexible — work with people so you can get the best out of them.

Make Moves: Be prepared to move around and use your feet more than you normally would to frame shots and get the best composition. I generally take this as a plus. It makes you work harder, and you come up with ideas as you go. It also helps ensure you’re never complacent.

Silence the Skeptics: You may face skepticism when shooting with your phone, so be sure to show people your work in advance. On set, talk them through why you’re doing what you’re doing, and show them the great results. This helps people embrace doing something new, and the photos are better because of it. 

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Q & A with Abigail Spencer


Q: Describe your style in a few words.

A hip old man.

Q: What are the most coveted pieces in your closet that you can’t live without?

1) My long flowy perfect skirt. All my friends know the skirt. It’s cut perfectly. It’s airy. Goes with everything. All seasons. Always flattering.
2) Perfect fitting Heidi Merrick vegan leather pants. Again — the fit. It’s a great staple.
3) Borsalino chocolate brown Indiana Jones hat. Signature piece. Fits perfectly. Love a good hat.
4) Pristine 1968 Oscar de la Renta brocade gown I found in Baton Rouge for 200 dollars.
5) Anything Isabel Marant or Rag & Bone…just cuz. 

Q: What are the must-have pieces every stylish girl needs to own?

1. A perfect hat.
2. A great half boot. Isabel Marant is my favorite!
3. A perfect fitting jean. Mother and Genetic are mine.
4. A signature ring found at a flea market or some sort of adventurous trek.
5. Perfect flouncy spring dress or skirt they can wear all year. Myriad of sources — at the moment, my fave is my cherry Red Hawaiian print from TopShop.
6. Perfect fitting grey, white, and striped t-shirts and worn in denim shirts. Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Alternative Apparel make the best!
7. Great bras and underwear! Calvin klein are my favorite.
8. Cozy sweaters and sweatshirts. Alternative Apparel, Madewell, Isabel Marant again…my fave!

Q: “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing…”

Ed Hardy. Or anything overly “scripted” in that world.

Q: Your skin is flawless — any beauty secrets you swear by?

Oh boy — you are too kind. My mother has good skin and always had a “regimen” and was into skincare so my awareness started in my youth. Genes are quite a part, no? But, I always try to wear a hat and sunscreen. Tinted Vertra sunscreen is what the surfer’s use. It’s amazing. I eat lots of vegetables and drink lots of water to start from the inside out. Right now I’m back and forth between — believe it or not — Biore face wash and scrub (it’s amaz- ing) and Dial anti bacterial soap. It keeps my skin really clear. And I love serums and potions. Vbeaute makes a great eye cream and serum. I love Vanda’s Vitamin C oil. I haven’t found the perfect moisturizer for me yet, but I will! And i just started using Josie Maran’s stuff, and I love it! SKII, though expensive, is the jam.

Q: What’s next in the world of Abigail Spencer?

Work-wise, I just finished co-producing and acting with my boyfriend, Josh Pence , in this beautiful short film directed by Julian Higgins called “Here and Now.” I’m very excited about that. I’m off to Toronto to visit Suits. We start back with RECTIFY on Sundance Channel in January, so that will start airing in June of next year. And I just wrapped “This Is Where I Leave You,” directed by Shawn Levy and written by Jonathon Tropper. I love this movie so much. And the cast! Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Timothy Olyphant, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, and many more. And I have an independent film coming out soon called “Beautiful Now.” All things I’m very proud of, and hopefully making a few more of my own heart’s desires.

 

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DIEGO UCHITEL: Polaroids


Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego moved to the United States after high school to follow his passion: All he wanted to do was capture and create beautiful stories through photography.

He’s snapped some big names over the years, including David Bowie, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julianne Moore for magazines like Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle. He also lends his artistic eye to ad campaigns for companies like Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman, Olay, and Diane Von Furstenberg.

And while his resume is impressive, what’s always drawn us to Diego’s work is his style. He’s a master of light and composition, and has an incredible way of capturing the souls of his subjects. Nowhere is this more visible than in his polaroid collection. Amassed over decades, Diego took so many stunning polaroids of his subjects that it was turned it into a book,  “Diego Uchitel: Polaroids,” which can be picked up around the world and online.


BUENOS AIRES HIPSTAPAK: A COLLABORATION WITH DIEGO UCHITEL

The Buenos Aires HipstaPak is a nod to Diego’s awesome signature style — photography that perfectly blends fashion and art. Download the Pak now, and as Diego says, “Always shoot. Always take pictures.”

 


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The Snap #FASHION issue is here!

The annual Snap #FASHION issue is here! This month, learn how to nail a fashion shoot with Oggl, swoon over master photographer Diego Uchitel’s Poloroids, and ask yourself where you stand on the escalating situation in Syria.

Snap also got a rad design makeover, so be sure to download this issue and let us know what you think!

Get Snap for free on iPhone and iPad, or read the entire issue at Snapm.ag. Want to contribute? Hit us up.

The Snap #FASHION issue is here!

The annual Snap #FASHION issue is here! This month, learn how to nail a fashion shoot with Oggl, swoon over master photographer Diego Uchitel’s Poloroids, and ask yourself where you stand on the escalating situation in Syria.

Snap also got a rad design makeover, so be sure to download this issue and let us know what you think!

Get Snap for free on iPhone and iPad, or read the entire issue at Snapm.ag. Want to contribute? Hit us up.

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This post is part of our Snap Highlight

Snap is a free monthly digital publication from Hipstamatic on the iPad. Snap showcases the driving forces behind global creative culture, and explores provocative new ways to interpret the beauty around us.

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Photo by Chris Opel. Shot using Tinto 1884 and Rock BW II. Submit your beautiful shots for our upcoming Fashion issue to submissions [at] snapm [dot] ag

Photo by Chris Opel. Shot using Tinto 1884 and Rock BW II. Submit your beautiful shots for our upcoming Fashion issue to submissions [at] snapm [dot] ag

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This post is part of our Snap Highlight

Snap is a free monthly digital publication from Hipstamatic on the iPad. Snap showcases the driving forces behind global creative culture, and explores provocative new ways to interpret the beauty around us.

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The Photography Artist :: Shots by Kevin Tachman

From Scissor Sisters to Victoria’s Secret Models to AMFAR, this artist is making moves in the photography industry. Take a visual tour of the last year through his Hipstamatic prints.

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Snap is a free monthly digtial publication from Hipstmatic on the iPad. Snap showcases the driving forces behind global creative culture, and explores provocative new ways to interpret the beauty around us.

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Obsessed: Park After Dark

I skew feminine when it comes to personal style, so it’s rare that unisex accessories and fashion grab my attention. However, when I first laid eyes on the unisex bag line by The Park After Dark, I knew: I HAD to have one. It was obsessed at first sight.

From the plaid to the leather detailing, these bags are chic and oh-so fantastic. I can’t wait to get my hands on one—not just to stash my makeup bag and MacBook Air, but to be the envy of everyone in San Francisco.
So, who is the creative force behind this fabulous bag line? None other than the super talented (and super cute) Brandon Lee. You may know him as one of the founding members of indie record label
Modern Art Records, or as the most stylish member of Miniature Tigers. We know him as one of our favorite creative minds.

How did these rad bags come to be? We caught up with the uber-trendy artist to find out.

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Chiun-Kai Shih didn’t just help us design the America HipstaPak—he uses it! Peep these shots of the oh-so-gorgeous David Gandy, and see the full photo shoot in the July UK issue of August Man Malaysia.

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Snap is a free monthly digtial publication from Hipstmatic on the iPad. Snap showcases the driving forces behind global creative culture, and explores provocative new ways to interpret the beauty around us.

Download Snap Mag

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