Thursday, April 30, 2015

The New and Improved Google Snap Seed for iPhone

Every major software update in the iPhone ecosystem begets updates to the individual apps. Lo and behold Google re-did their Snap Seed app making it even better. What this app does along with VSCOcam is act as a third party interface for your phone's camera, now with Snap Seed you can also import photos in from your on board library and edit.

I always recommend this to friends looking for a photography app.  Snap Seed is available in iTunes and the Google Play store, it's free and easy to use for both skilled photographers and those looking to add a bit of snap to their images without a steep learning curve. Now, if you are one of those tech outliers who uses a Windows phone, I'm sorry (correction, that might change with the introduction of Windows 10). If you were issued a Blackberry handset through work, there are work arounds for Google apps on certain models but most likely your IT department locked the phone down tighter than Fort Knox, sorry again, no app for you.

So below you will see how the controls are laid out starting off with basic editing tools which are self explanatory. Now the non photographers are going to ask, what's that wave in the bottom left opposite the plus button. That's called a histogram, it is graphic representation of what your exposure looks like. In digital photography you want to get that wave towards your right without blowing out the highlights. It's a little advanced class, but with a bit of experimentation, you see what different exposures look like with the same subject under different lighting conditions.

Below the editing tools are the filters which give you a variety of effects. Personally I have been using the drama filter recently and it works especially well with flat lighting situations. The drama filter was a little overkill with the night shot but I wanted to demonstrate what it can do. You also have the framing filter, I used the slide film rebate in this example.

So there you have it, Snap Seed is an easy app to master, now go have fun.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Walking over Queen St.

Shot yesterday afternoon in downtown Toronto between the Eaton's Centre and Hudson Bay Company. I was killing time waiting for a roll of Portra 400 being processed at Downtown Camera and running a few errands in the city.

Camera: iPhone 5s
App: Google Snap Seed, Drama Filter (no Kardashians involved).

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Welcome to Spring, Finally.

Took long enough, welcome back.

Camera: Nikon FM2, Nikkor Ai 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Kentmere 100, Xtol 1+1 for 10min at 20c.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Throwback Thursday New York City Edition.

Surfing Air BnB listings recently, dreaming, New York, it's been too long, two years already. I need a fix of your hustle, bustle and photographic inspiration. Well, ok a proper slice of pizza as well and a return visit to George Keeley on the Upper West Side for a really nice pint of Brooklyn Brown Ale. This year is unlikely, maybe 2016 for the big return, hopefully with a much stronger Canadian dollar.

Below are some shots I really haven't shared far and wide, all were taken on a rainy Monday south of Houston Street in SoHo mostly. When I do return, I want to explore more of Brooklyn and the East Village as well as revisiting the High Line, Central Park and the Upper East Side.

Camera: Leica M4-2, Voightlander Color Skopar 35 f2.5 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5, Xtol 1+1.