The Shanghai HipstaPak

By on October 2, 2015

Welcome to Shanghai; it is not only China’s most densely populated city but also one of the world’s largest megalopolises, with over 23,5 millions inhabitants.  Shanghai, however, started life as a rather modest port and certainly didn’t seem destined to become such a cosmopolitan hub. It is also home to hundreds of contemporary art galleries and hosts its own biennial. This new Pak is inspired by a traditional Chinese art called Gongbi.



Gongbi is a Chinese painting technique typified by its color and realism, quite the opposite of the interpretive free style we might know better. These vibrant colors can also be found in the new Shanghai HipstaPak’s film, carrying the same name. It’s a highly pictorial film, which could find its place among the likes of DreamCanvas or Blanko 1. To boost the effects of Gongbi, Hipstamatic has paired it with a new lens, Jing. Jing will add a textured kaleidoscope of color to any photo.

And do not forget to shake your iPhone in Pro Mode... This pak has a few surprises! More information about this function is in this tutorial.


I say this every month, but it seems even more apt now… with the new Hipstamatic 300 options, I really can’t wait to see your pictures! December is approaching very fast so you have about two months left to send in your series for the next Hipstography Awards. The ball is in your court! Happy shooting!

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  1. Hardik

    October 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

    It showing to me product not available loading ….

  2. rjllane

    October 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    @Hardik – I have the same message – why announce a new pak and not make it available for sale??

    :-) … MomentsForZen (Richard)

  3. Londongoth

    October 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I’d love to keep shooting if only I could download the thing… Eric, this is a nightmare, with the 300 update. Is there any hope the bugs will be resolved in the near future?…

    • Hardik

      October 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Bugs are still there in hipstamatic 300 update. My hipstamatic app gets crash every now & then. Hope they solve the issue ASAP in near future!

    • ericrozen

      October 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Have you try the support site of Hipstamatic?

  4. ericrozen

    October 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Some of you are unable to download the Shanghai HipstaPak… I personally don’t know what the problem is and I’m afraid we’ll have to wait until the West Coast wakes up before the problem gets solved…

  5. ericrozen

    October 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    The Shanghai HipstaPak is available right now!

  6. Deb (@oldstraycat)

    October 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Bring back the old Hipstamatic!! You know, the original one that we all love, the one that made them famous.

  7. Billy K.

    October 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    what the deal with the embedded images of building/temple details in the photos? That’s really annoying/dumb. Is there a way to disable that stupid effect? Also, this Pak does not import into Oggl.

  8. rjllane

    October 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Hi there Eric and others.

    I checked back into the store ~16 hours after my post above, and found that I could now purchase the new Hipstapak. Yippee. I was very pleased to find that the problem had been resolved – my thanks to whoever sorted it out – much appreciated.

    I am personnaly finding 300 to be terrific, the more so as I get used to it. (N.B. I am referring to the new app as “300” even though the actually version will change – e.g., we are on v301 now). I can go Classic if I want to, but it has that extra dimensions of flexibility with Pro and with the editing options. The later has some unexpected benefits – I find that the sequence of tabs (i.e., lens, film, flash, etc.) in the editor guides me an a very logical path through the various tweaking functions that can make a good photo really shine.

    :-) … MomentsForZen (Richard)

  9. Mark

    October 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Hipstamatic 300, 301, whatever, still a mess. Undercooked product, more bugs than a lanai, released by dictation of Apple’s release schedule. Shame. Used to be a great app. I hardly bother with it any more.

    Ericrozen, Classic is not the same. Tell the truth, do you not get a series of errors about some number of your paks not loading when you start the app?

    • ericrozen

      October 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Mark, I understand but 300 was released only A WEEK ago… The beta versions were updated on a Hipstamatic server. The public version on an Apple server. You can’t compare. I am sure all the problems will be solved soon.

      About my own experience: I have exactly the same app than everyone. I don’t speak about the beta versions but the “real” one. I am buying the paks like everyone. I didn’t have one single problem on my 5s. Nothing. And I have the 6s since Monday. Again, no problem at all. I am really sorry for the problems you had and I can understand the frustration regarding the bugs but please, give them some time to solve the problems.

      • Mark

        October 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

        Eric, I have not had any beta versions that I am aware of. I have my apps update automatically and one day it changed from 282 (I think) to 300. I promptly reported the bugs and 301 was out quickly, but has not solved most of the issues. Maybe I don’t know what you mean by “you can’t compare”. What can I not compare? I am comparing the old Hipstamatic that I’ve been using for a couple of years through many versions to the massively buggy 300 series.

        “Time to solve the problems”. That is what beta is for. But people should be informed if they are participating in a beta program.

        The app still crashes frequently on iPhone 6. There are any number of display issues and most of the information about the paks has disappeared.

        If this were a free app that would be one thing but my wife and I have spent more money on paks than probably all our other apps put together and I feel that Hipstamatic has abandoned any responsibility towards its old user base in favor of the new users they will get from this deal with Apple. Economically understandable, maybe, but not ethical.

        I continue to believe the product (300) was rushed out of the door to meet Apple’s release schedule. It is nowhere near debugged.

        I’m happy for you that it’s working for you, but I see that I am not alone in finding 300 not ready for prime-time. I hope that we will see some significant progress in 302, and soon.

        • ericrozen

          October 5, 2015 at 8:31 am

          Mark, Hipstamatic is working on a new update and I really really hope it will solve the main problems. In the meantime, the best solution is to contact Allan on the support site:
          I am sure he can help you with some problems.

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