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Expanding Horizons with Filtermania 2

With over 300 filters and endless ways to combine them, Filtermania 2 is a great way to expand your creative boundaries.

Agave plant macro photo edited in Filtermania 2

Dropico Media’s latest update of its Filtermania app includes 20 categories of filters, from Classic, Frames, Nature, Destruction and Famous Places, just to name a few. One of the best things about this update is the ability to change the opacity and luminosity of each filter. Other highlights include

– Over 300 Photo Filters + New Filters Added
– Layer Filter-on-Filter for Unique Creations
– Rotate, Move, and Scale Photos
– History Feature: Move Back and Forth Through Your Work
– Share to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr, or Save to Your
Camera Roll

 When I first started messing around with Filtermania 2, I only used one filter at a time to create vintage looking photos. Here are a couple that I took with Hipstamatic then edited in Filtermania 2.

Sailboats in Hipstamatic, edited in Filtermania 2

Dog Paw in Hipstamatic, edited in Filtermania 2

Then, I decided to just use the native camera and goof around. I took some macro shots of flowers and gave them a Filtermania 2 treatment

After getting lost on Instagram and seeing all of the wildly creative things others are doing, I got inspired. My son’s toy soldiers were sitting on the kitchen countertop. By layering a couple of filters, they were transported to otherworldly war zones.

I’m having a blast with Filtermania 2 and since it’s free (and so are all the filters), it’s a great time to download it and try it out.


Holga Lens Filter for iPhone

Using my iPhone for pictures just got 100 times more fun with the addition of the Holga Special Lens & Turret Filter for iPhone 4.

As you can see, it fits on the back of your iPhone just like a case. It offers no protection whatsoever, so you must be very careful while using it, but the array of special effects lenses is worth the danger. You can choose from these filters:

Red Heart


Yellow with a hole in the middle

Green (makes you look like a ghost hunter!)

Blue with a hole in the middle

Double lens

Triple lens

Quad Lens

Macro lens

…and the last hole on the dial is so you can take regular pictures.

This thing is so much fun. I spent a lot of Thanksgiving taking funky pictures of all the happenings around my house. I think it’s especially fun to use the filters with an app, like Hipstamatic. Check these out…

At only $30 USD from the Four Corners Store, it’s a great (and affordable) tool to add to your iPhoneography kit.

Macro Holga

This is one of the first modifications I ever did on my trusty Holga. I LOVE macro photography but don’t have the money for a killer lens. Thank GOD for toy cameras! By getting lots of little parts together I fashioned myself a crappy little macro outfit but it didn’t come without a lot of trial and error.

The first thing I tried was actually modifying the Holga by removing the lens and shaving down a plastic bit that acts to stop the lens from becoming unscrewed. I went to squarefrog’s website for instructions http://www.squarefrog.co.uk/holga-hacks-close.html. It didn’t work so well in my case. I just couldn’t get the focus right no matter how hard I tried.

Next I decided to add to the camera using diopters to increase the magnification of my plastic lens. I wanted to get pretty close to my subjects and I also wanted to be able to use the set-up on multiple cameras so I purchased the Cokin Filter system which comes with ring adapters in multiple sizes for a range of cameras, digital and film. I highly recommend it as it’s a) plastic b)offers a dizzying array of filters for all kinds of situations and c) inexpensive. I ordered a +3 diopter and attached it to my Holga and attempted to figure the focus point out by taping a piece of vellum paper to the back of the open camera (subsequent efforts have proven that scotch tape across the back of the camera works even better) and at the closest focus range (the single person) and bulb setting, I moved the camera close to and farther away from my subject. While this method would’ve worked eventually, it was an excruciatingly long process as it would take a couple of weeks to get the film back and by then I’d kind of lost track of what I’d done. Enter the Polaroid back or Holgaroid as it’s sometimes called. In about 30 minutes the instant results allowed me to correctly determine how close I could get to my subjects. I’ve subsequently ordered a +10 diopter that I got for $6.00 from eBay that I like even more than the Cokin (just because I can get closer).

I love the mysterious effect you can get by using the Holgaroid. Here are some of my results. Until next time…

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