Hipstamatic 300 – Classic Mode

By on September 25, 2015

So this is the Classic version of Hipstamatic, as we know it… just some minor changes as far as the "look" goes and one additional icon, as well as some changes in the functionality of the flash.

1. Back


Fundamentally, nothing changes here, at least as far as appearance goes: the yellow button (1) is the shutter (you can also use the "+" volume button on your iPhone), the viewfinder is identical (2) and you can shrink it again by clicking on the "-" volume button on your iPhone. The multiple exposure cursor (3) hasn’t undergone any changes; you can still see a snippet of the film you’re using in a small window (4) and the flash still has three positions.

But there are now two ways to use the flash cursor, although you do have to go to "Settings" -> "Hipstamatic" -> "Classic Flash Slider" to choose the mode you want. To continue working like you did in the past, you need to choose  "Hardware/Software"; you will still be able to use the three positions : Software Flash, No flash or the iPhone’s flash.


Choosing "Hardware/Torch" is strange and a bit puzzling,  honestly. The pros and cons of this will be the subject matter of an upcoming tutorial, but here are the basics:

It now always applies the effect when one is selected. To not apply a flash effect, simply go to the front screen and select the flash icon (16) and choose "no flash".


If you slide the cursor (5) to the left, a new option, called "torch mode" appears; this allows you to use the iPhone's flash as a light source. This is a very interesting option for those creatives who want to explore new horizons… imagine holding a colored filter in front of the flash! Nothing changes, however, if you slide the cursor to the right, the "hardware flash" will be switched on when you take a picture.


OK… now let’s examine the menu at the bottom of the screen.



At the bottom, to the right, you can find the icon that allows you to switch to the front view of the app (6). The Favorites section has also been modified; all you need to do is select "+" to create a new "Favorite".


At the top of the screen, there are two new options: "Shuffle Gear" and "Edit". Here is a link to a tutorial that explains how to manage your Favorites (the "Settings") but also the order of the separate elements (lenses, films and flashes) of the Hipstamatic catalogue.

The new icon (8) allows you to access the new Hipstamatic functions in Pro Mode; you will be led out of Classic Mode and into the new interface. You can find more information about this new interface (Pro Mode) in another section of this tutorial.

Nothing has changed as far as icons 9 (the counter that tells you how many photos are in the process of being developed) and 10 (which allows you to access your library) are concerned.

2. Front


No fundamental changes here, except for a new "look" for the icons. The chosen lens (11) is still visible in the middle of the screen. At the bottom of the screen, you can use the arrow (12) to go back to the back view of Hipstamatic, the small shopping trolley  (13) will take you to the HipstaMart, the Hipstamatic Store and there is also the icon (14) that allows you to change your camera case, but you can also use this icon to get to your Gear Bag, where you sort the order of your gear, or change round the films, lenses, cases you like to carry with you. Finally, there are the flash (15) and the film (16) icons, which allow you to change flash and film.

No lens, no film!

As with the flash, it is now also possible to take pictures without a particular lens, or film for that matter! That simply means that no additional filters are applied to the picture.


It’s yet another of these new addition that could come in handy in certain circumstances. As an example: let’s say you want to take a picture of a painting or picture hanging on the wall; you really don’t want too much alteration, but you still want to use Hipstamatic… you can just choose the "off" option for the lens, film or flash.

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  1. Warren Geoffrey Opheim

    September 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thanks so much for all the details! Apparently, for better or for worse (I lean toward the former), the resolution lever is no more.

    • Eric Rozen

      September 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks! I corrected it.

      • Katie

        December 19, 2015 at 7:43 am

        I really miss the resolution lever. Can I get it back? Can I go back to an earlier version? My photos do not have the detail and “fine grain” of the earlier version. I use the John S lens and Claunch 72 film.

  2. Stephan Komitsch

    September 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

    so, where is it? there simply is nothing to switch in version 301, shouldn´t it appear next to the lens?

  3. Jo

    September 28, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Is it possible to take double exposures in the new pro mode?

    • ericrozen

      September 30, 2015 at 7:07 am

      I don’t think it’s possible…

  4. PiMball (Pablo)

    October 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I can’t stop the shuffle gear, both in the classic mode or Pro mode with 301…. Is frustrating!!! Can anyone help me?

  5. RK

    October 2, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Eric – is there an option to change the size/resolution anymore? There were three choices on the lens of the old version. Thanks!

    • Eric

      October 2, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I think it’s not available anymore… But do we need it?

  6. Bijou Le Tord

    October 12, 2015 at 8:47 am

    LOVE IT! But where do i download the Hipsta 300 ? THank you.

    • ericrozen

      October 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

      It’s an update of Hipstamatic; go to the App Store on your iPhone and do the update ;-)

  7. James H

    October 26, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Eric I love your blog- it’s trying to do what Hipstamatic are not and helping users!
    However as someone who started using HM for its very qualities that you highlight in the ‘about me’ section I’d be interested in your thoughts on why you think the user unhappiness online ( and FB is full of it) is being ignored by the company and why this absolute clunker of an update has robbed the app of its whole ethos and spirit and turned it into a very confusing editing APP

    • ericrozen

      October 26, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Thanks for your message James. I know there are some problems but I think some reactions from some users were just horrible. 300 was release one month ago and I know they are working on some solutions. Give them some time…

  8. James H

    October 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Hi thanks for reply- however that doesn’t really answer my question? Am genuinely interested in your views as this is probably only HM community site I visit regularly and value….
    The user unhappiness is not about change per se- it’s about poor communication, a ‘we don’t give a fuck’ attitude from HM, sloppy updates, BUGS, and a whole ethos of using HM being diluted. ‘Just another photo editing APP’ – has become one!
    People have paid money for this APP’s products
    I don’t see hundreds of people saying how marvellous PRO is or that the editing suite is genius- I see hundreds of unhappy users saying ‘too complicated’ – ‘poor performance’- that’ HM don’t give a shit’, and that the updates remove the whole Analog point of Hipstamatic originally….
    The lack of company acknowledgment of this is I think a deliberate ploy…..
    Your views on what I think is a commercially driven piece of badly thought out software which lets users down totally are what I Was interested in…..
    I tried for 2 weeks to see what 300/301 could do- I gave up!
    I understand with your ( seemingly close) links to HM that you might not wish to be critical or provide a platform for it ….. it was a question I posed as was genuinely interested in your views…as you’ve extolled the virtues of it so much – I’d like to see the flip side of user experience reviewed/ acknowledged?

    • ericrozen

      October 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      I agree with you James about the lack of communication but even if I am in contact with them, I really do not have any direct links with the team. I just know they are working on some udpates to solve the bugs. And I am not afraid to be critical… But 300 was released only 3 or 4 months ago. Let’s give them some time.

      About the analog side: I do not understand the reactions. Aside from the bugs, nothing has changed in the Classic version compared to 280. You just have to set some parameters and the application will work as before (destructive option,…). And sorry but if the Pro version is too complicated for some, just do not use it … I don’t think it’s too complicated. I really love some tools by the way.

      As I said before, I hate 300 when I used it for the first time in December 2014. It took a few weeks for me to understand what Hipstamatic had become. And now, I love it. I think people will change their minds.

  9. Sabine

    October 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    You did not explain point 7 here, Eric. There we can change the settings also in classic after we made a picture in classic in the non-destructive mode?! I was wondering because I did that (save as copy) and in the information of the copy picture it then says unknown source and post-processed. That is not the case if I shoot in pro-mode. I prefer to shoot in classic because of the possibility to make the release shutter big and also to focus manually, but would of course like to have the possibility to change film and lenses afterwards.

    • ericrozen

      October 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Oops, you are right, I forgot point 7… This is where you can create a favorite.

      For the rest, please, contact the Hipstamatic’s support… I am sure they can help you:

      • Sabine

        October 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

        ok thanks Eric!

  10. barbara

    October 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    my photos are small now. . and i didn’t change anything. how do i change back to full size? thank you?

  11. Neal Hemphill

    July 7, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Thanks, Eric! My question is about format – now that Hipstamatic allows sizes other than square, will they print those? And will they allow them to go to Oggl?

    • ericrozen

      July 7, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Neal, I really don’t know. The best would be to post your questions on Facebook…

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