how I edit my photos on my iPhone

Friday, August 15, 2014

They say that the best camera out there is the camera you have with you.  And although I is better to have snapped a picture with your phone rather than refuse to take a picture and miss the moment because you didn't have your DSLR on you...I would also have to say that there is still room for growth with the camera phone.  

I currently have an iPhone 4s and the camera is pretty good.  But definitely not as awesome as my Sony.  Because of this, I have always leaned towards taking pictures on my DSLR.  Lately though, it's been the opposite and that's because of an awesome little editing app that I've been using for close to a year.  It's called "Snapseed"

At first glance, the app might seem a little confusing, but after editing a photo or two, it completely makes sense and after a while of use, you eventually form your own routine.

I typically adjust three things on my photos:  Brightness, Shadows & Sharpness.  9/10 times my biggest complaint with my photos is that the lighting is off.  A few tweaks of these three settings in Snapseed and my photo is good to go!
Here's an example of a photo I took one morning when the lighting was pouring in through the window, but I didn't take the time to meter off of the right thing

Sometimes even when I do meter off of the right object in the photo, the shadows/contrast don't always make me happy, so that's when I bring it into Snapseed and fix it myself.

One huge perk to the app that the nerd inside of me loves is the "Selective Adjust" option.  Have you ever used a photo editing application and wanted to adjust a portion of the photo, (like, say, brightness) and the only option available is to edit the entire photo (thus making the entire photo brighter, and as a result, some parts blown out)?  The selective adjust fixes this issue.  You can place a plus sign over what area of the photo you want to edit, and beyond that you can expand/detract how much of the area you want edited.  Nerdy!

Why am I even talking about this subject?  Because I love photography and went through a phase where I was hardly taking any pictures simply because I didn't like lugging around my (at the time) huge DSLR nor was I satisfied with the pictures my phone's camera was giving me.  And when I look back (and I do look back, often), there are hardly any pictures from that time period and I definitely don't remember the little details of our lives back then.  And that makes me sad.  Photography for me is all about the memories: the good, the bad, the growth and change.  It always has been and it always will be.  

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