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Snapseed Camera App for iPhone review

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We review Snapseed for iPhone - a fully-featured filter and editing tool with a host of sharing options Snapseed is one of the most popular photography apps in the App Store, allowing you to add filters and edit your photos.

What is Snapseed?

Snapseed uses your iPhone’s camera app to take the photo, meaning you can use the options for zooming, adding the flash and changing the size of the image.

After you’ve loaded your image, you can use the automatic adjustment setting where the app will detect what needs to be changed.

The second option along the bottom of the app is selective adjust that allows you to selectively adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of the image. To adjust the settings, you simply need to swipe up and down to select what you’d like to adjust, and then swipe left and right to increase or decrease the setting.

Next up, you can tune your image. This gives you more options to adjust the
whole of your picture, such as change the ambiance, shadows and warmth of
your photo. The controls are the same, so swipe up and down to select what you’d like to change and then swipe left and right to increase or decrease the intensity.

If your photo is a little wonky, the straighten option allows you to put the horizon back in its rightful place. When activated, a grid will appear and by swiping up and down, the photo will move. When you’ve ensured the horizon is straight, release your finger and you’ll see a straightened up image.

Pinching on the screen, allowing you to remove parts of the image you no longer wish to be included, is available in the crop menu.

The details tab allows you to sharpen or adjust the structure of an image, making it more detailed. Beware though – increasing the detail too much may result in noise and imperfections being amplified.

In the black and white section, you can change the contrast and brightness, plus increase or decrease the grain.

The next few options are the filters, including vintage (ewith nine effects and textures available), drama, HDR, grunge (with 1500 effects and textures available), center focus, tilt shift and retrolux. All of these effects can be adjusted by swiping up and down, left and right on the screen.

The final option allows you to add a frame to your photo.

Although it’s great that the picture takes up most of the screen, allowing you to see the changes in full glory, the text on the buttons is a little small, making it tricky to see what you’re adjusting.

The method for increasing or decreasing changes takes a while to get used to, but after you’ve got used to the swiping up and down to choose the element to change, then left to right to increase or decrease intensity, you’ll soon get used to it.

There’s also the ability to compare the current edit to the original picture, which is always a handy extra.

Snapseed Highlights

How to create an HDR image with Snapseed

To create an HDR effect with Snapseed, head to the HDR Scape setting along the bottom menu and first of all, increase the filter strength to around 50 per cent. At this point, the image will probably look a little over-sharpened, so you’ll need to swipe up and head to smoothing to make it look a little less patchy.

You can now further adjust the effect by using the brightness and saturation settings according to preference.

How to straighten a picture in Snapseed

The straighten option in Snapseed allows you to re-align your photo if it’s a little wonky. Exactly as you would do in PhotoShop or other computer-based editing tools, you can rotate and crop the picture to make sure the horizon is where it should be.

Just select Straighten from the bottom menu and swipe up and down to tilt the horizon. The picture is straight when the horizon, or a horizontal line in the picture lines up with the grid.

When the picture is straight, tap the tick to apply the changes.

How to create a retrolux image in Snapseed

Retrolux is one of the settings in Snapseed that ages a picture – essentially giving the impression of a scratched up old photo.

It may not show your photo in its best light because much of the detail in obscured by the scratches and light leaks, but it does produce a pretty unique effect.

First, choose the retrolux setting from the bottom bar. Now, swipe up to scroll through the effects. We found we needed to increase the saturation, decrease scratches and light leaks and the reduce intensity a little to get some stunning results.

Getting the basics right: Snapseed

How to adjust the Contrast and Brightness with Snapseed

Contrast and brightness of photos can be adjusted via the tune image menu.

Swipe your finger up the screen to access the floating menu and select brightness or contrast. You can increase the settings by swiping your finger left and right across the screen.

How to switch to the front camera with Snapseed to take a selfie

You can switch to the iPhone’s Facetime camera using the default camera application before loading pictures into Snapseed.

How to adjust the flash with Snapseed

The flash settings are set in the iPhone’s default camera application rather than in Snapseed as it’s a post-processing app, not a photo-taking app.

How to adjust the picture quality with Snapseed

You can change the resolution and quality of pictures in the iPhone’s camera application – it’s not possible in Snapseed.

How to zoom using Snapseed

Because you essentially use the iPhone’s default camera app to take the photo, you’ll use those tools to zoom in and out of a vista rather than using any tools from within Snapseed.

Posted by clarehopping
12th Nov 2013, 20:48   | tags:,,,