Combo Apps/Koloid


The romance of using film and darkroom processing comes alive with Koloid. This app will help you discover what going back to basics is all about over and over again. Koloid is pretty much the closet thing to a large format camera, darkroom processing and teaches you how to take better composed photos at that moment. There are some people who’ve asked me if there was a way they could slow down to take photos instead of 50 of the same shot. Well Koloid does that for you and whole lot more…so let me show you how !!! The photo up above was taken and processed with Koloid, titled Vida, Larry and Cherrioes.

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These are screen shots that explains how Koloid works, but I’ll show you my screen shots of how the app works too.

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When Koloid open’s up after it’s loaded this will always be your default screen. I’ve got the camera app set up to square format (1:1 ratio) so I can load them up on Instagram but if I’m in an artsy mood with the app I will change the ratio to 4:3. What else is cool about this app is you can pull photos from your entire library if you want to process your photo with that old chemical process look to your photos. All you have to do is tap on the “film” button on the bottom left corner. When you tap on the “?” button you will get those screen shots shown up above. That tell you how to operate the app.

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Tap on the “OK” button on the top left and these are you options in setting up your camera.

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I’ve taken a photo with Koloid and now I’m ready to process my picture and have set up how much chemicals I want to use. I like to use it at full capacity, because I like to do fast processing. Less chemicals is slower but more precises on processing control. There’s no wrong or right way on how you process your photos, it’s really what type of you look you’re going for in your photos.

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Now this is my photo being processed with the chemicals sploshing about with Koloid and as you can see there’s a pause button on the top of your screen. That’s there so you can pause what you’re doing and go back to processing your photo later. Things happen when You’re in the middle of processing, like ordering coffee at Starbucks. That button comes in handy when your Ice Carmel Macchiato or Clover (Isla Flores) order is ready !!!

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Here’s my crazy random photo taken at Starbucks of a guy walking by, that’s why he’s blurry. But we’re not done yet, we need to add things to the photo !!!

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I type in my title and description (optional). If you don’t want to type anything just swipe by it with your finger.

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These are you options to share and save your photo after your done processing and typing in all your info. So let’s say I want to post this photo on Insatgram, well I’m going to tap in the Insatgram icon.

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BAM !!! This is what it will look like, I typed in “Speeding By” to add my title of the photo. Normally it will load you: “Just developed this photo with #Koloid”

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Look, it’s on my IG @combo_apps account !!!

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Here’s my finished Koloid photo. I forgot to mention the resolution of the photos. They are 1990 x 2096 (4 MP), so that’s pretty decent resolution. You can also kind of get away with blurry photos with this app because of the processing going on and how you process the photo. I don’t recommend you take blurry photos but if there’s movement then that’s ok. It’s really up to you and how you like the results with this app.


This is a photo of my sister playing with her iPhone, taken and process with Koloid. You can check out the rest of my collection with Koloid by clicking the collection below. Koloid is in the App Store for $1.99 and iPhone only camera app. If You have any questions about this blog post please leave comments or email Have a great day and see you soon !!!


Koloid, a set on Flickr.



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27 Responses to Combo Apps/Koloid

  1. Pal says:

    Would love to try out this app ! 🙂

  2. Steven otero says:

    Very cool love the blog n ig feed

  3. I’d love to get it, T.

  4. thephotomomma says:

    Looks cool!

  5. Ez Rodriguez says:

    Looks pretty cool!

  6. James says:

    Looks nice… I 1of 5?

  7. Drew Froning says:

    This looks like a really interesting app!

  8. looks cool, i’ve been thinking about getting this app myself! thanks for the write up!

  9. OoH Pick me! Pick Me! Have been watching for this app to go on sale for awhile.

  10. krapoz says:

    Hey Tina, I would love to try this app.
    Thanks for your work, I always enjoy a lot your useful and insightful “test-drives”! 🙂

  11. kimartino says:

    Reblogged this on kimartino and commented:
    Great tute on using Koloid by Tina Rice!

  12. Danny says:


    What is the resolution? Thanks!


  13. Is that hazy cloud above your sister a result of the chemicals sploshing that you described?

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  15. Having heard of this application before, I decided to give it a try. While it is an interesting one, it does require more work as I gave it only 3 stars out of 5.
    Not having the option to turn off the application’s border that is imposed at the end of development is frustrating. The border also changes the dimensions of the final image, as a square is no longer square and the same goes for 4:3 format ratio.
    There are also needs to be more liquid developer made available to obtain a better coverage.
    If these two things are made available in future updates , I will be happy to give it one more star.
    For a five star review I would like to see the option of different developing process, like Bromoil, Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Palladium, Salt Print, Van Dyck or a Wet Plate.
    Adding the capability of different processes will make this a five star application.

    • ashcroft54 says:

      Well you got to tell the developer and not me. They found me on Twitter so I suggest you tell them what you want added to the app as updates. I tell all my readers to write reviews and to the developers if you want things to change. By the way if they add those processes to the mix, you’re still going to get an edge from the negative being in a glass frame sitting in the sun. Those are contact negative processing and printing, so you’re always going to be stuck with a border or an edge of some kind. Even old contact prints had a big white borders to crop out the negative sprocket holes and film edge.

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