Hipstamatic released their holiday special in the form of a new pack, the Tintype SnapPak, comprising one lens and two films. It is evident from its name — and it was also stated on Hipstamatic’s blog — that the Tintype SnapPak was heavily inspired by tintype photography, an old-fashioned photographic process especially popular among itinerant photographers and practiced at fairs and amusement parks as it was quick and easy to develop on the spot.
The included lens, the Tinto 1884, features a strong creative blur effect to simulate the ghostly aura of deteriorated images. As mentioned, the pack also contains two film effects, one monochrome and one color. The D-Type Plate film, monochrome, imitates the contrasty quality of old daguerreotypes. The C-Type Plate film, cyanotype inspired and highly desaturated, aims at conveying a painterly, hand-tinted look with every shot. Both films come with a wet plate-like border.
Here are our samples for your appreciation — don’t get freaked out, ha.
To get Tinto’s heavy blur working according to plans, the main subject needs to be around the middle of the frame; even botched attempts however can offer interesting results with the right subject. The films are especially effective with the bundled Tinto, while they definitely look bland with most of the other Hipstamatic lenses.
The Tintype SnapPak is available in the Hipstamart for $0.99.