A New Photo App, Oilist

I love photo editing apps on my iphone. My favorite is the free Snapseed, followed by Prisma, and IColorama. Recently I found another one, OIlist.  Oilist is a little unique because instead of just picking some a type of filter and then seeing a results, you pick more of a process and then watch as the process “paints” the photo and you can interact with the process as you wish. It is really very cool. I’ve had a time learning it. I’m not much for tutorials or manuals, I like to jump in and try it out so I’ve been experimenting with it.


This is a bay scene at Orange Beach Alabama. I didn’t like all the black in it so i set it out on a new course.


Subtle difference I know, but I like this much better although still not happy with it. The instructions on the app said that it works best on more colorful photos.


I tried it on a photo of flamingos that I had and I like this.


is there anything more colorful than 1950’s era Ford Thunderbirds. I loved this. Apps like this are not for everybody. I’ve some “photographer” friends who hate these apps. To them fidelity to the original image is what counts. And hey I get that. What I am looking for is what I see in my mind.  I love the interactivity of Oilist and how one can try different things and save interim works and go back and try again. It’s a lot of fun but it does take time.

How about you? Do you have any photo apps that you like.

3 thoughts on “A New Photo App, Oilist

  1. DrillerAA

    I am on your team Yogi. When I have my DSLR camera, chances are I am trying to capture an image faithfully and maybe enhance it a bit in post processing. However, all bets are off when I use my phone. Most of those images are purely for fun, so the more options to play with the photos the better. I love what you did to the Thunderbirds. I will be downloading that app to my phone as soon as I finish this comment. Have a blessed week.

    1. Driller's Place

      Oops! It’s an IPhone only app for now and I have an android. Therefore, I guess I won’t be downloading this app until it is available to android users.

  2. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    The only reason I don’t like them is because I’m too lazy to learn any more new things. . In fact, i hardly ever even use my Iphone camera…. that would be a first step wouldn’t it? I enjoy other people’s talents and there is absolutely nothing at all wrong with using yours to re-create what you see in your own mind. Thank you for sharing. (Bill’s folks used to own a TBird that looked pretty much like that one, maybe the before picture, but I have a lot of lovely mental images of it as we often borrowed it)

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