I love mobile photography. I’ve been a fan since I discovered Instagram in March 2011. But to many people Instagram is purely about taking a quick snap using the camera feature of Instagram and posting it straight away using one of the inbuilt filters. That’s certainly part of what got me hooked on Instagram way back when, but there is so much more to mobile photography than Instagram.
Thankfully, Instagram allows the user to edit an image before it’s posted, giving the photographer a chance to be a bit more creative with their work, and get the desired look and feel of the photograph before it’s time to share.
Many mobile photographers produce work that may be more akin to art, in that the processes used, whether the use of filters, layers, blending etc, produce work that might bear little resemblance to a traditional photograph. Others might use editing processes to gently enhance an image, to improve the photograph and the view. I prefer to fall into the latter category, and my favourite app for applying subtle enhancements is Snapseed.
A few months ago Snapseed could be purchased for £2.99, until Google got hold of it and made it available for free . In my opinion, it is still a bargain at £2.99! I’m not offering a tutorial here (there are some getting started tutorials here) but it has all the essential basic features, like crop, straighten, sharpening, tilt shift, and all the usual exposure and saturation controls. It also has a number of filters, black and white, vintage, grunge and drama. But the best thing about it is its ease of use. I have to confess I didn’t get it at first, but once I did get it, I found it intuitive and extremely powerful. Most of my photographs are edited with nothing else.
There are many photography apps around, many offering a great suite of features, but for all round capability and ease of use, Snapseed is definitely my go to app of the moment.