In my last two blogs I’ve explained how easy it is to take light, bright, natural looking photos with just the use of an Iphone and the App, Snapseed. The most exciting part of achieving good photos (as far as I’m concerned anyway) is being able to get great shots to start with and then knowing some simple tricks to lighten and really enhance everything. Knowing how to crop your photos, how to correct little flaws, put text on and frame your work are all really important too though, so I’ve still got a bit more to share with you (I never actually realized just how much “stuff” I had in my head about taking a photo with a phone, it’s kind of good to get it all out finally and make space for something different
For those of you who have read my previous two blogs, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ll be talking about the Snapseed App again today. This really is a great App for editing as there’s so many fab tools to chose from, a great range of text and it’s pretty easy to use (coming from a person who breaks out in a sweat when she has to change a password, “pretty easy to use” isn’t a phrase I use lightly either)
The Healing tool is a genius creation on Snapseed and something I only discovered recently. Now I’ve found it I spend ages “looking” for flaws to fix. It’s great fun watching tiny mistakes disappear before my very eyes. You’ll find it in the row below the Brush tool that you’ve been using to lighten your photos with. It looks like a little Band Aid. (if you haven’t read my previous blogs it might be a good idea to read them before you read this one, otherwise there is a huge possibility you’ll be wondering what on earth I’m talking about right now)
The best way to correct flaws is to really enlarge the photo on the screen, don’t be afraid to make it HUGE!!! The bigger you make your picture, the more errors you can spot. As soon as the photo is enlarged, a rectangle appears in the bottom left hand corner. This rectangle has another tiny blue rectangle just inside it and this box is what you use to “fix” your photo. The idea is to move the tiny blue rectangle around inside the larger rectangle (using your finger) until the screen displays the part of the photo you’d like to work on. As soon as you can see the flaw, tap your finger onto it and it will disappear…. magic!!! (the flaw will disappear not your finger obviously). If you don’t enlarge the photo at the onset, your finger will correct an enormous part of the photo and create a very messy splodge, so always remember to enlarge the screen first.
Once you’ve finished and you’re ready to save everything, hit the Tick that sits in the bottom right hand corner. If you’ve made some splodges along the way, press the X in the bottom left hand corner instead of the Tick, “undo” your splodges and then start again… told you it was genius!!!
When it comes to CROPPING, keep it really simple. Start by choosing the Crop Tool and you’ll see that there’s a row of different shapes at the bottom of the page that you can chose from. I’ve tried them all and to be honest the only one I ever use now is the FREE version at the beginning of the row. This doesn’t mean “no payment type of free” (this is a FREE App already remember) it simply means “free hand”. The others are really restrictive and I gave up with them eventually.