Mobile Photography App Tutorial

I’ve really been meaning to do this for a long time, I guess I am finally bored enough with web surfing to post it. 

I am trying to get myself back into shooting and editing and creating content for the world to read. This blog has quite literally fallen off the face of the Earth. My Earth anyway. I haven’t got the time or the patience or the inspiration to blog random stuff that I think only I’m into. 

So, here we go!


Hipstamatic Photo

This is the original photo taken at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. While I shot a bunch of pictures from out the car window, unfortunately I couldn’t get out and get closer, since I was with other people who just wanted to drive around. 

The film I used is Nike AO BW and I can’t tell you the lens unfortunately because i deleted all of the Hipsta Prints in the app trying to make room on my phone. Sh*tty circumstance for having only 16 GB. 

The first step is opening the photo in the app Satur8, a cool new (to me) app from the creator of Decim8. This app lets you play around with various color schemes and gradients. 


The color gradient used


The shape


The blending mode used

I can’t really explain how this app works aside from picking a color scheme, a shape, and a blending mode and moving the color dots around until you like what you see. I have only gotten to mess with it a handful of times.


After Satur8

Next I went to iColorama S, which is an app chock full of cool effects to throw around and layer.


iColorama S

I went into Colors – Colors II – picked filter 20/30 – picked the second dot – and slid the opacity down just a tad. I liked how it darkened the side of it making the focus the more on the statue itself.


Repix app

Next I used the Repix app to hatch out the grass and plants around the edges. I used the Hatching brush on the “Plus” side.


The finished image

I think I might try to do more of these, showing the editing process behind various photos. 

I know when I first started out with mobil editing, I scoured the Internet and Instagram looking for all the tips and clues I could get and figured out the rest. 

You can see all of my edits on my Instagram @bethanie_m.

If you liked it and would like to see more, please feel free to leave a comment. 



Sugar Art & Fashion Show: Phoenix

Tonight, March 23rd, 2013, Mad Girl Productions will be presenting the Phoenix version of their Sugar Art and Fashion Show tour. It will be held at the Duce in Downtown Phoenix from, well, RIGHT NOW to Midnight.

I personally get the honor of hanging 3 pieces in the show, which I am very excited for. It will be the first time my junk is hanging in Phoenix that wasn’t for a fundraiser silent auction or in a display case at ASU.

I have finally updated my shop with what I believe to be the best of my older work and one new piece that is hanging in the show. I would like to continue to update it with my newer stuff, that which you might find on Instagram or Flickr under bethanie_m.

With my excitement behind attempting to reactivate myself creatively, I have decided to do a coupon code for this weekend in honor of the Sugar Art Show. The code will be sugarart and it will give you 20% off at checkout.

I am excited to be able to share my artistic point of view outside the digital world and I hope to meet some cool people in the mix. Not only that, but I have 1 iPhoneography print being displayed. I hope to represent the new form of art so more people can explore it and we can all benefit from the community.

Lyrics Series

So sorry for the absence. Life has been… boring to say the least. Instead of forcing an entry I prefer to wait until I am inspired. I have never much understood the tumblr format of blogging where you post random shit, not shit that is yours either, shit that you found on the internet. I blog for the catharsis of writing. Of sharing. Of creating. So, yeah, when I am bored, you will not see posts. That being said… Let’s move on to the purpose of this.
I have found myself very inspired by lyrics lately. A song gets stuck in my head, it plays over and over, I think about visualizing it. Songs that have lines and hooks that resonate with me, and my world, and the twisted maze that wraps around my brain deserve solid creations. So, without further adieu, here they are.

Buddha, with Kid Cudi lyrics.

Foster the People, Warrant

Self Portrait Collage, with AFI lyrics

I hope to find the inspiration for more. You can always keep up with my bullshit on Instagram (@bethanie_m) and Flickr, link is somewhere on this page.


Red Bull Gives Me Wings.

Sometimes life is funny. Sometimes, the best thing to do is sit back and take it all in. Yesterday I left work on an empty tank and hoped all the way home that Squishy could make it 30 miles home. This morning, I had to hope Squishy could make it the 2 miles to the bank to cash my check, and then another mile to the gas station. This is what happens when your debit card information gets stolen at a restaurant and you have to wait to get a new card in the mail. Screw you, Ra Sushi. Life hasn’t been the friendliest this last week, and I’ll be the first to admit that when life gives me lemons, I just put them with vodka and sit on my ass and dwell about how life sucks. Total first world problem I know. Here’s a fun fact about Arizona, it’s fucking hot. And when you’re so broke you can’t afford to run the A.C., it makes it feel a lot like a third world country.


Anyway. I sold a print this week, and that is awesome.

What else did I want to discuss this morning? Oh yeah, Linkin Park totally made a dance song. Burn it Up is a dance song. And by the sounds of it, the other new songs are pretty electrical as well. I love dance music. I love techno beats. Linkin Park has its moments in my life. So this could work out between us. We could rekindle that little fire we had in high school, when you were screaming “SHUT UP WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU.” We’ll just take it day by day, LP.

This is the print that sold this week. Boy am I glad I decided to post it.

Instaprints, a fabulous new concept.

I found a fun new website for art print sales from the strangest of places. They followed me on Twitter, and for once, it’s a company that has something of interest to offer. Instaprints allows photographers to sell their Instagram photos through them, and they do all the work. They let you set your own profit margin, and offer endless customization of the print, framing, matting, etc. So far I really like what I have seen, and I uploaded all my decent photos to it. So if you are interested in your very own Wookie print, click here. Or go sign up and start uploading your own Instagram photos. And as always my work is available in all the various places listed in the “Find me elsewhere” tab.
So there you have it, I am selling myself by the truckload on the internet. Now go buy some art from some starving artists.


I hate to be one of THOSE people

But, I am going to have to spam my Twitter feed and promote the sale of my photography.

I have had the shittiest start to the weekend. I went and had delicious sushi last night. Then while walking down Mill Ave, a guy on a motorcycle was hit by a car. Thankfully, he was OK, the driver wasn’t going very fast. Still scary. I was awoken to messages from my bank about fraudulent charges being attempted on my card. Thankfully, they were all denied. And today I discover that I will only be working 25 hours next week. Had this information been given to me sooner, I would have been able to get more shifts at my other shitty job. I need a beer. Except my debit card is now inactive! And I don’t have any money!

Which brings me to the idea that if the adoring and lovable public would purchase some art, I could have money. For like food and stuff. Maybe a beer.

So, without anymore beating around the bush, buy some stuff. If you use the code Weekendhero on my Etsy, you will receive free domestic shipping. Hey that’s kind of cool, right?

My other two places of business, Society 6 and, have also got some new things posted to them.

Anyway, I hope everyone’s weekend is great and you don’t witness any accidents, have your shit stolen, or have your income reduced. Cheers!

Some things I’ve been working on

These days, I’ve been feeling kind of cruddy about things in life that shouldn’t matter. I have no control over my Debbie Downer attitude lately. So I try to make things to distract myself.

Here’s a few.

Been loving typography lately. Let me know what you think.

Arizona monsoon has been offering some great cloud porn lately. So rare here.

Thinking I might offer these up as options or just prints.

Keep on keepin on.