March 25, 2012
As the digital camera transformed the photographic industry, the iPhone has converted professional DSLR photographers to leave their gear behind. The native iPhone camera app has improved with the iPhone 4S but the photo app community created the mobile photography evolution.
Ask every photographer and the narrative with composition is key to make an expressive image. But replacement photo apps such as Camera+ will capture a more dynamic range. And more sensitive editing can go further with apps like Snapseed to heighten the color exposure and detail.
With a simple interface, Snapseed brings out the richness in images. Our example photo was originally very lackluster and with a few taps and swipes, Snapseed brought out the original vibrancy of the afternoon. We’ve created a simple overview to demonstrate just some of the app’s capabilities.
From the iPhone camera roll we opened the magnolia image in Snapseed and selected Tune Image to adjust the brightness, saturation and contrast. Swipe your finger left and right for all the app’s menus.
Tap the screen and vertically swipe your finger up and down to make the specific adjustments. Swipe your finger horizontally to adjust each filter’s intensity.
To bring out the detail in each part of the image, Snapseed’s Selective Adjust can alter the specific pixels. Tap your finger on the area you want to edit and then you’ll see a pin with a circular region. Swipe your finger up and down to get access to the menu.
Shooting with the iPhone, the entire image is usually kept in focus. Snapseed’s Center Focus feature can give the impression of shallow depth of field using a DSLR camera. By keeping an area of the image in focus and blurring some of the background can place emphasis in your composition.
The size of the circular region area can be adjusted by swiping your finger.
And finally the filter strength of Center Focus can be finely tuned. For more tutorials and examples visit Snapseed’s site to learn more about the photo editing app.
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