How to be an iPhoneographer: Remove Hipstamtic borders with Camera Bag


Hipstamatic borders are one of the key elements that give the images the app produces such a distinct look. But certain images do not call for a border. You may want to print your photos, create a series of photos that were taken/edited on a number of different apps, or you may absolutely love the image that a certain combination of Hipstamatic lens and film produces but you are less than ecstatic for the border.

I usually do not want a Hipstamatic border when I am taking a high volume of photos with a particular lens and film combination. Frankly, I get bored with the border. Recently I have gone back to utilizing Hipstamatic because I needed a break from back-end editing. I wanted to focus on taking photos. While that change of pace has been good for me I have certain images that I would like to publish without the trademark Hipstamatic border associated with the film.

A final concern for me is I do not want to change the size of the image. Clearly Hipstamatic images are square, but as I have written previously, I aim to have the highest image quality and therefore like to keep the maximum ratio size for Hipstamtic images (2,448 x 2,448).

Thus, I began to hunt for a solution that met these two criteria. This led me to Camera Bag. I recently began editing certain images on my desktop using Camera Bag. I will be writing more on why I have added a side stream to my workflow but suffice it to say for now, Camera Bag provided me with the tools I needed.

Here is how it works:

Here is the Hipstamatic image we are starting with.

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  • Open the image in Camera Bag and select Crop Image on the right hand side.

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  • Choose a “Square” aspect and select the area of the photo to crop (i.e. crop out the border).

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  • Got to file and select “Save As”. Enter a width and height of 2448 and save your image.

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  • Now you have a Hipstamatic image without the borders that is the same size of the original image.

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13 thoughts on “How to be an iPhoneographer: Remove Hipstamtic borders with Camera Bag

    1. Glad it was helpful. I find myself removing the Hipstamatic borders more and more. Sometimes they are great but I don’t always want people to think an image looks good because of the app used to take it or to limit the image because it was taken using a certain app.

  1. What you can do is use any app to crop to your liking then use big photo app to resize. This will allow you to keep all edits via iPhone.

  2. Hi
    Well indeed the border can be limiting. Point is when you resize you actually adding pixels that we’re not there, thus getting a bigger picture with a a lightly degraded details (pixelation). If you do such resize, better to do it in a dedicated software.
    Nice photo, BTW.
    Chen

  3. Hi
    Well indeed the border can be limiting. Point is when you resize you actually adding pixels that we’re not there in the first place, thus getting a bigger picture with a a lightly degraded details (pixelation). If you do such resize, better to do it in a dedicated software.
    Nice photo, BTW.
    Chen

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