Combo Apps/HYPOCAM

“HYPOCAM, what does it bring to the table ?” Well if you want the slideshow all the photos were edited with HYPOCAM. I wrote a short review of what I really thought about the app. This is what I wrote: “If you love VSCO. then you will love this app. It’s the black and white version of VSCO but with a twist. They added film grain, just the basic black and white films, Tri-X 400, HP5 and a few other films. They are adjustable too. You get one FREE film preset pack, there are 3 other packs you have to pay $1.99 each (US price) and there’s one for $.99. This is a great app if you’re new to the MM Group and exploring black and white as a beginner. For the rest, all I can sat it’s FREE and most other app can achieve close to the same results.”

I ended up playing with the app some more and that’s how the slideshow was born. It’s a mix with different types of photos I shot around San Diego. I used Ztylus lenses, edited the photos with HYPOCAM and put the slideshow together with iMovie.

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This will be my demo edit photo. It’s straight from the camera and unedited.

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When you load HYPOCAM, you start with the camera default. I don’t use their camera app, most of you know I always load photos I’ve taken with ProCamera. But before I go into the upload part, I wanted to show you the settings. If you tap on the upper left hand corner button, this will take you to the settings page.

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I always say this before you start shooting or playing with any app. Check the resolution settings first before playing. Most of the time you have to make sure you have it at high resolution because if you don’t you’ll end up with low res photo edits. Always check and don’t assume an app is always set at high output.

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Next I’m going to load a photo from my camera roll. As you can see I have photos, that were edited with HYPOCAM already. Make sure to clean out the lightbox within the app because this will suck up space on your iPhone.

I load up the demo photo I’m going to use for this tutorial. When you load any color photo, it will automatically convert to black and white for you. Sometimes I like the auto conversion and won’t have to tweak it with the filter presets and editing tools. It helps to take well exposed photos, so you’re not stuck editing the photos to make the look good. It’s really important not to depends on apps to make up for the mistakes you made while you’re shooting. However there are exceptions to the rules, but always consider yourself “the rule” and not the exception.

The photo has a white frame and grayed out. This is how you know that will be the photos you’ll be editing. I still want to tweak this photos a little bit.

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The filter presets are set up like VSCO and you tap on the one you like. I usually use ML101 because I’m not into the faded filmic look with my photos. I like the deep black and bright whites in my photos (more traditional). There are some photos that look great with that faded filmic look. It’s really important to find what you like and you’re own style.

If you noticed at the bottom of the screen, you will see a toolbar. Those are your editing tools to enhance your photos or tweak the preset filter.

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I’m going to show you the color filter tools. This is really important when you edit black and white converted photos. The color filters help block out different colors of light. What it does will help with the tones, contrast and details of your photos. It’s important what colors work in certain types or areas of photos. Most people who shoot landscapes that want dramatic skies will use the yellow or red filters. Those are the filters I stick with when I shoot architecture. I go back and fourth with yellow and red. I will use green or blue for flower macro photos. I rarely use orange because I don’t shoot portraits that much.

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Film grains are great if you want that film look. I’ll use film grain if I’m in the mood or when I miss using film. I only like film grain on black and white photos. I’ll beef up the sharpness just a bit. After I’m done editing I will tap on the check mark box.

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Then I will tap on the center arrow box to save my photos onto the camera roll.


This is my converted black and white photo. Overall I liked using HYPOCAM but one of the drawbacks is that the app crashes after about 3 to 4 edits. I feel that this is something that shouldn’t be happening because you’re not doing any hardcore editing. It’s not a power and resource hungry app. This is something that can be fixed right away considering this app has been out for about a week. It’s really simple to operate and the results are nice. But the app does a lot of things that most black and white apps are doing now. The team at HYPOCAM really need to find something to set them apart from other black and white photo apps besides being free with in-app purchase filter packs with catchy titles attached to them.

If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments. You can follow HYPOCAM on Instagram and contact them at Have a great day and see you soon.





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