Saturday, 26 February 2011

Digital Lomography with Vignette

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I recently upgraded my mobile phone and chose the Motorola Defy. The main reason for choosing this rather than any other phone was that it is supposed to be able to withstand being dropped, banged and drowned - and it is claimed that the screen cannot be scratched. I wanted a robust phone. It is my first Android phone - the previous one was a Nokia and so ran Symbian. An unintended consequence of getting the new phone has been my discovery of apps that mimic lomography cameras such as Holgas and Diannas. I have been interested in trying these cameras for a while but been put off by the cost and inconvenience of processing film.


In common with most mobile phones, the camera on the Defy is not great but that means it lends itself well to this kind of lo-fi photography. I have been using the Vignette app to produce my photographs. it does a very good job of imitating the colour shifts, light leaks, vignettes and distortions which are characteristic of lomography. The range of options available is bewildering. For now, I have set it to square format and random - so that I do not know what is going to come out when I press the shutter. That is part of the fun though - if I do not like the result, I just take another photograph.


The Vignette App is available in the Android marketplace. There is a free version which is limited to 0.3 megapixel images. The full version allows images up to 5 megapixel although the instructions recommend not going higher than 3 megapixels. This is adequate for this type of photography. The full version also has GPS tagging enabled.


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