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What Apps Are We Using This Month? with Karen Axelrad

Welcome to TheAppWhisperer’s new section, “what apps are we using this month” series, where we discover which apps you are particularly enjoying. Kicking us off today is non-other than Award Winning Mobile Artist, Karen Axelrad.

My name is Karen Axelrad. I’m an American retired architect living in Berlin, Germany. I have two grown sons and two granddaughters. I use many apps, but I will concentrate on the ones I have been using recently that perhaps others haven’t talked as much about. I shoot with an iPhone 13 Pro and process with the iPad Pro. I use Hipstamatic a lot using the setting that gives me the original photo as well as the processed one. I love taking double-exposures with Hipstamatic when I’m in an art museum, double-exposing a painting with a person.
‘Mall of Berlin’. Hipstamatic with Mark Lens & BlacKeys Supergrain Film ©Karen Axelrad


‘Guide Double-exposed with Richter Painting’. Hipstamatic with Loftus Lens and Otto Film ©Karen Axelrad


‘Self-portrait Double-exposed with Richter Painting’. Hipstamatic with Tinto 1884 Lens and Hackney Film ©Karen Axelrad

The second app I have been using lately is Reeflex (or sometimes Slow Shutter) to impart a painterly quality by taking long exposures of people. These photos are often sent to iColorama for color and texture editing, and sometimes into a painting app like Brushstroke or Acquarella. Then I might add a bit of texture with Distressedfx sometimes using my own textures. Often, if I have several versions of a photo, I will blend them in SuperimposeX. SuperimposeX is also excellent for masking.

‘Visitors at an Exhibition’. Long exposure shot with Reeflex and processed with iColorama, Pixlr, and blended in SuperimposeX ©Karen Axelrad


‘Waiting for U-Bahn’. Long exposure shot with Reeflex and processed in Hipstamatic using Anne-Marie Lens and Alfred Infrared Film ©Karen Axelrad

The third app which I have been using lately is You Gotta See This. It’s a free app and is sometimes referred to as David Hockney style.

‘Arnold Dreyblatt Opening. Shot with YouGottaSeeThis’ Processed in iColorama and DistressedFX apps ©Karen Axelrad


‘Gallery From Above. Shot with YouGottaSeeThis’ Processed in DistressedFX and Mextures apps’ ©Karen Axelrad

When I teach a workshop, I use Snapseed for hands-on sessions because it is free, works on all platforms, and is very versatile. I also frequently use Procreate.

And finally, I am dipping into experimenting with AI. I hope to one day merge my own photos with AI. Wombo Dream is an easy way to start, but I have also tried Midjourney and am Beta-testing Adobe’s Firefly.

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