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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