User Tips #8: an alternative timer

By on November 25, 2013

earpods_selftimer_icon If there’s one function many of us would really like on Hipstamatic, it is almost certainly a timer, allowing us to make self-portraits. Up until now, the only option was to flip the iPhone around, stretch out your arm and hit the "+" button… with rather unpredictable results, to say the least.

When I met Lucas Buick, in July, he told me: "A timer is something we’ve looked at, and we haven’t ruled it out. It’s just about figuring out how to make that fit with the analogue experience of Hipstamatic Classic."

earpods_002 In the meantime, there is an alternative, and relatively simple, solution: using EarPods, the headphones that Apple provides with every iPhone. The headphones are not really known for their amazing sound quality, and I must admit, I have never tried them. That said, I just discovered that they hold a few secrets, among which the possibility of triggering the camera on the iPhone by simply hitting the "+" button on the remote. The good news is that it also works with Hipstamatic!

This is, of course, still not the equivalent of a real timer, but it makes taking self-portraits or group photos a lot simpler.  Unfortunately, this function doesn’t seem to work with Oggl.

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One Comment

  1. Anthony

    February 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I wanted to trigger Hipstatic remotely for aerial pole shots, and you just gave me a method to do it, thanks!

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