For me a must have iPhoneography (and Android) app. Snapseed is a winner of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Award for the Best Mobile Photo App category. Snapseed is created by the highly regarded Nik Software (now owned by Google). Rating (all versions): 4 (12362 ratings). Rating (current version): 3.5 (166 ratings). Current Price: USD0. Where there are iPhone and iPad apps, rating data and pricing relate to the iPhone app.
Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.
== KEY FEATURES== • 29 Tools and Filters, including: Healing, Brush, Structure, HDR, Perspective (see list below) • Opens JPG and RAW files • Save your personal looks and apply them to new photos later • Selective filter brush • All styles can be tweaked with fine, precise control • Tutorial cards with tips and tricks about Snapseed and general photography
== TOOLS, FILTERS AND FACE == • RAW Develop – open and tweak native camera files; save non-destructively or export as JPG • Tune image – adjust exposure and color automatically or manually with fine, precise control • Details – magically brings out surface structures in images • Crop – crop to standard sizes or freely • Rotate – rotate by 90°, or straighten a skewed horizon • Perspective – fix skewed lines and perfect the geometry of horizons or buildings • White Balance – adjust the colors so that the image looks more natural • Brush – selectively retouch exposure, saturation, brightness or warmth • Selective – the renown “Control Point” technology: Position up to 8 points on the image and assign enhancements, the algorithm does the rest magically • Healing – remove the uninvited neighbor from a group picture • Vignette – add a soft darkness around the corners like a beautiful, wide-aperture would do • Text – add both stylized or plain text (38 predefined styles) • Curves - have precise control over the brightness levels in your photos • Expand - increase the size of your canvas and fill up the new space in smart ways with content of your image • Lens Blur – add a beautiful Bokeh to images (background softening), ideal for photographic portraits • Glamour Glow – add a fine glow to images, great for fashion or portraits • Tonal Contrast – boost details selectively in the shadows, midtones and highlights • HDR Scape – bring a stunning look to your images by creating the effect of multiple exposures • Drama – add a hint of doomsday to your images • Grunge – an edgy look with strong styles and texture overlays • Grainy Film – get modern film looks with realistic grain • Vintage – the style of color film photo from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s • Retrolux – go retro with light leaks, scratches, film styles • Noir – Black and White film looks with realistic grain and the “wash” effect • Black & White – classic Black and White look straight out of the darkroom • Frames – add frames with adjustable size • Double Exposure - blend two photos, choosing from blend modes that are inspired by shooting on film and by digital image processing • Face Enhance – add focus to the eyes, add face-specific lighting, or smoothen skin • Face Pose - correct the pose of portraits based on three dimensional models
Stackables formulas or texture recipes are a great way to build a unique library of textures and adjustments. Using formulas and adapting them to individual images helps to give image collections a cohesive feel.
The inspiration for this article came from a week away in Portugal. Until I studied some street shots closely, I discarded them as a waste of a tap. When I did get chance to look at them through fresh eyes though, I saw a few things that I liked. Specifically regarding this image, I used two captures as raw material for a single atmospheric composition.
Yellow Rose is a painterly textured iPhoneography still life floral image processed using textures from both Snapseed and Stackables. Its inspiration stems from Skipology selecting Stackables as app of the week this week.
My iPhoneography image ‘In the moment’ is created from multiple Hipstamatic iPhone images blended together. I am delighted that it has been featured by the The App Whisperer and Art of Mob in their weekly showcases.