Check out this fun little lo-fi fave. Lomora2 offers a variety of film flavours, many of which are often bright and happy or intense and moody. I’m just going to jump right in… just so ya know, this is a camera replacement app.

The basic interface of the app is pretty clean, which I appreciate.

Along the top you’ll see a slider, this controls the amount of the vignette of your final image. Before you shoot you want to select a film from the available list. Just tap on Films to bring up the list, then tap on your selection and then tap pretty much anywhere on the screen outside the film list to close the film list.

You’ll find 18 filters, one in black and white the rest are varied traditional and lo-fi based film styles, like Redscale, Cross Process, and more.

When you’ve framed your image, just tap “take photo” and it will start to shoot… one it’s done it will show you the image and present some options.

Multi. Exp – yes, that’s right, you can do multiple exposures “in-camera”, this is a really cool thing. Tap on this and compose your overlay image and then tap Take Photo again. It looks like you may be able to stack a few exposures, so this could get fun!

When you’re done shooting tap Save, if you’re not happy with what you got tap Discard to start over.

After the image saves, you go back to to the main screen. If you want to see “prints” you’ve previously created, just tap on “Prints”.

On the print screen you can see a library of photos you’ve taken with the app previously, this works kind of like Hipstamatic, in that you can take on an image to see what film you used and when it was taken. There’s an option to delete the image from the Prints. Deleting it from within the app doesn’t delete the photo from your Photo Library.

To access the settings menu, tap on the word “lomora”. This includes the following options.

Print size – the image output size.
Stimulate Flash? I’m wondering if that’s a typo, regardless if you turn this on you can add a coloured flash.
iPhone LED – the option is there to turn the LED off or on, but I can’t adjust it. It might be the app needs updating or there’s a bug.
Filter – Add a Red, Gree, Blue, Cyan, Magenta or Yellow filter to your image.
Randomize – I believe this is a shake to randomize option, but I just haven’t used it much. I normally pick my own film but that’s me.

Note, I have noticed a couple of things that make me wonder if the app has been updated recently, just because some of the settings options are a bit wonky on my phone. It might just be me though! Also if you’re in a low-light situation, the flash seems to automatically come on, as of this review/tutorial, I’ve yet to find a way to turn it off. If you know the secret, please let me know! ;)

The full resolution output of images in this app on an iPhone4s is 2448×2448.

For me it’s a lot of fun, like shooting old Slide flim and having the lab cross process it to get some crazy colours. Experimentation is fun, that’s what I like about this app (and the multiple exposure thing too!).

What about you, are you into lo-fi features like this?

square format apps pt.1

How many of you out there use Instagram to share your images? Did you ever shoot medium format film and love the look of the square (or almost square) format? I thought I’d share a couple of fun little square (or almost square) camera replacement apps. These are all dead simple and easy to use so here we go!


On one side of the app you will see a slider to turn the flash off or on, an icon to change the grid view and a slider to shoot in colour or black and white. On the other side you’ll see a little button with a hand in the center, tap this to load the settings page. The other big button is to snap away. Want to get the full TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) or old school feel, turn that 6×6-Flex (TLR) mode to On and get ready to see the world a different way (just note the image will be flipped when it’s saved! Another note, with one of the grid options on there’s a little level in the center of the grid, it’s really cool!

Also… in the settings you will see a cheat sheet to set the following options while you’re shooting.
Set Focus
Set Exposure
Lock Focus/Exposure

It automatically saves to the camera roll and the output is 2448×2448 on an iPhone4s

6×7 is, in essence the same, however it provides you with a not quite square image.

All of your controls are in the same area:
Sliders to turn Flash off or on, or to change from Colour to Black and white.
The same little hand icon for your settings. There isn’t a flip your world option in this one (which most of you may appreciate).

It automatically saves to the camera roll and the output resolution is 2448×2856 on an iPhone4s

Like I said, quick, easy, camera replacement apps that shoot fairly fast, as there aren’t any bells and whistles. Sometimes this is a good thing. And really, isn’t that what we have all those other editing apps for? ;)

p.s. I apparently managed to snap both of my screen caps while the image was out of focus!



iPhoneography – a workshop

Have you recently purchased an iPhone?
Have you owned an iPhone for a while and are curious about the editing power it contains?
Are you new to photography and want to get some pointers on where to start?
Are you an avid photographer looking to embrace the power of such a small device? This may be the workshop for you!

Join myself and Zorn Taylor as we lead an iPhoneography workshop in support of Youth in Focus. See the official Youth in Focus announcement here.

What you will learn and do:
Photography 101: Composition and Philosophies
Image Creation: On-Location shooting and photography mentoring
Photo Processing: Preview some of the top apps, app stacking and beyond.
Printing: Printing recommendations with a goal to print your best shot from the stroll that day
Sharing: We’ll talk about social media and getting the work out there
Goodies: iPhoneography resources

About Youth in Focus:

For several months I have been mentoring at Youth in Focus, in their Beginning Digital class, of which Zorn teaches. It’s been an amazing opportunity to meet some great kids, see the world through their eyes and help coach them through their own photographic journeys.

Youth in Focus is an afterschool program that uses intensive photography training as a tool to help disadvantaged teens develop personal voice, positive identity, social skills and artistic skills. We offer free, multi-level classes for teens ages 13-19 in both film and digital photography, and advanced students participate in our job skills project shooting assignments for hire. Classes are taught by professional teaching artists and supported by volunteer adult mentors. In this way we create a community of support around our students that both encourages and challenges them on their journey to a positive adulthood.

Workshop Details:
March 10th, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (bring a lunch/snack)

Youth in Focus
2100 24th Ave S, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost: Sliding Scale $49-$79*
Please note all funds raised from this workshop will go to support Youth in Focus in their efforts to bring this amazing photographic education to underserved teens.

Ages: Open to teens and adults, 13+. :)

To register, contact Kat at or (206) 407-2124

To learn more about Youth in Focus, visit • •