Nobody's workspace is perfect. Even when you spot a tech tour of a seemingly polished desk, you know there's got to be an errant cord weaseling around out of the lens' sight, causing its owner to curse anything that's not cordless. But the important thing is that it looks pristine. You can get the same effect too, with your camera phone.
If you've ever clicked through to an image link from a friend's weekend Tweet, you're probably already familiar with vintage-filter Android and iPhone apps, like Instagram, Hipstamatic and so many more. They give your homely camera phone pictures a decidedly saturated and scuffed-up feel, just like the pictures you used to take with your toy camera.
But as a totally unintended bonus, we're finding that many of those vintage-izing effects have the added bonus of erasing some of your workspace's real-life blemishes. A dusty dark desktop gets wiped completely clean with an added blur. Cord tangles that can't quite make it off camera can be nearly erased with a strategically-framed edge burn.
Plus these vintage filters just look cool, right? You're probably used to snapping pictures of your friends with analog-imitation camera phone filters. But if you're willing to turn the lens on your workspace—and put away the DSLR just this once—you might like what you see.
(Images: Flickr member keoshi licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member JGarber licensed for use under Creative Commons)