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tutorial: appsperiment – lemon-lime

i’ve recently come across a facebook group called “appstracts“. they post a weekly theme/colour or something and members upload their images that meet the theme, or their interpretation of the theme. this week’s theme was “lemon-lime”. i created an image for the theme and realised it might make a fun tutorial. so here goes!

you can approach the theme in a couple of ways: take a photo of something that is lemon/lime in colour, take a photo of a lemon and lime or create something in that colour scheme. i opted for the latter.

starting in the saturation app, i selected a colour palette that was a good fit, there’s a visualiser within the app, so i let that roll and did a screen shot of it to capture the image below. from there i went to snapseed, to crop it square, and add one of the vintage filters, which boosts the saturation a bit.


moving into the photoartista haiku app, i added a bit of a watercolour/painterly effect. using “style abstract 04″ as a starting point and then adjusting the detail/pen and colour.


the next step was into decim8, i have a couple of filters in decim8 i really love: beam rider & spaif (you have to look at the names closely to get these spellings, as they like to use english and foreign characters in their filter names).


on to FocalLab to add a bit of blur.


and back to snapseed to boost the contrast and saturation, plus using the sharpening/structure to add a bit more detail/depth. resulting in this final image.


experiments on the iPhone can be a lot of fun… have you tried it yet?

~ kate

iphoneography tutorial: seattle aquarium

i often get the question “what app did you use to create that effect”? the answer is sometimes the same, but on occasion, as with the image images below, the answer was varied. one of the joys of mobile photography, specifically on the iPhone is the joy of hundreds, thousands of apps that you can play around with for different effects. if you have a desire or an interest in the abstract or app-stract, then you might enjoy this little app.

starting with this base image, from the iPhone4s native camera of the seattle aquarium….

iPhone4s native camera

iPhone4s native camera

i opened the image in the decim8 app. one of my fave effects within the app is “beamrider”. this app isn’t as intuitive as one might hope. but, it’s a lot of fun, so if you get the app, be sure to explore it!



after saving the image, i opened it in laminar pro. in 2012 i did a review of this app when it was called iris photo suite. they’ve done some pretty major updates, along with changing the name, but many of the same filters referenced in that post are still avaialble.

when you’re doing stuff like this, it truly is about experimentation, at least for me. with that said there are definite occasions when i’ve captured an image and i know exactly what i’m going to do to it. however, for this image, it was all about having fun. i was really drawn to this cross process effect.

laminar (formerly iris photo suite)

laminar (formerly iris photo suite)

after laminar pro, i decided to head back into the decim8 app for another round of decim8tion.

this being the final image.



how did she do that? pt.1

hello hello!

I thought it was time I put together one of those “how the heck did she do that?” posts. kind of walking through how I took a somewhat bland image and made it a bit, dramatic.

Starting with this:

I went to the Snapseed app, first to crop the photo to square, then to muck about with the vintage filters to see what would strike my fancy!

Then I went to this image:

This one was captured with an Olloclip, and also edited in Snapseed. I’m a fan of the vintage filters, so I applied one of those and increased both the structure and sharpening a bit. I should mention the macro use the Olloclip is pretty rad (and I see an Olloclip post in my future).

After edits in Snapseed, I rather liked this result, which to me could certainly stand on it’s own.

I knew that I’d want to blend these images together. After creating the two edits above I went to PhotoWizard for some blending. There are certainly lots of blending options out there, a few of which I’m looking to explore more in depth. What I like about PhotoWizard is that is an editing app that offers lots of great options, to do anything from fixing white balance to cropping to exposure compensation, black and white conversions, even more including the blending options. It’s a pretty powerful app.

This is the final edit, I believe I used the Darken option in the blend mode, but when you’re in there experimenting you can go through the gamut of options to find the blending mode that’s right for what you want to create.

So there you have it!

thanks for reading!

~ kate