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decim8 your iPhoneography

I recently asked what questions you had, or what apps you were curious about. One response I received was Decim8 ($1.99 in the app store). And I can understand why. Decim8 is a fun app which lets you destroy elements within an image. Now you’re why would I want to do that? Well, you might not, but some folks like to experiment and create abstract art on their iPhones/iPads, and this app is a great tool in that creative process.

Now I don’t normally use Decim8 as a camera replacement app, but if you want to shoot within the app, you can. I use the import button to bring in an image that I want to play with.


Once i’ve imported my image, I click on the Erlenmeyer Flask, like a mad scientist in the making to select my formula(s).


Now I do have a few fave formulas, that have become my go to, especially: Beamrider. I also kinda dig 59.94 & Agency.

You can change how the effect works by tapping on the icon image, I believe each effect has three versions. So tap, tap, tap till you see one you think might work for you. On the iPhone you can preview what the effect will do on an image by clicking the “i”. On the iPad the previews will show up on the right side of the effects.

Once you have your effect(s) selected, click on the “X” to close this screen. This puts you back on the image preview and processing options.

Click on the white circle, to the left of the + to Decim8 your image. For this image I clicked the white circle 3 times to achieve the final result.





Other options in the app:

– Click the + to add a layer of sorts, you can stack up your decim8tion.

- Click the die to randomise effects

- Click the up arrow to share on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook; or order a CanvasPop Print or send a post card.

– Click the down arrow to save to your device.

So the moral of this story… decimation is okay, if you like to play. I’m always a fan of experimentation, and have really embraced this on the iPhone.

What other apps are you interested in? Let me know and we can chat about them!

~ kate

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.