Tintypes - Retro Style Camera App
Last month I came across this amazing retro style photo from a photographer’s instagram story. I immediately messaged him and he was very kind to share the name of this app which is called TinType by Hipstamatic.
I downloaded this app and played around with it for about a month for now. It is great and at first I thought it was similar to wet plate photography. Those retro style photography process which requires collodion as a sticky and transparent medium, that is ideal for coating different stable surfaces such as glasses or metal (tin) for photography and it was widely used in 1860s and 1870s. Alright I please do look up in google for history related to tintype photography. Not sure if anyone is familiar with Hipstamatic but I had their first photo app installed on my iphone back in 2010.
What’s so special about this app is that it reproduces that vintage look from petzval lenses by using portrait mode on your iphone with a narrow depth of field and heavy vignettes. This camera app also consists of four different effects: classic B&W, hand-painted colours, high contrast B&W and sepia stained ambrotype. Try it if you like this large format photography style and let me know how you feel. So far this app doesn’t perform really well at night, maybe it tries to simulate the way it looks with original tintype photos.