I have really been enjoying a new app for the iPad and iPhone that I wanted to share with you. It’s called Snapseed, and it’s by Nik Software. Sometimes I don’t have time to grab my “big-girl camera” and want to capture something quickly, so I grab my iPhone and, viola – instant fun. The possibilities are absolutely endless with this app, and the great thing about it is, it will instruct you how to use it the first time you open it – you can’t beat that! Let me show you what I mean. One evening I was outside for just a minute and happened to look up and see this.Pretty! But I wanted something a little more “painterly”, as they say. So with a couple of easy steps in Snapseed, this was the result.This result just kind of spoke to me – the color and texture of it. Even though I had made this purely for my own personal enjoyment, I just sold a print of it to someone!
Here’s a shot of my precious dog, Sophie. She’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and, officially, the Best Dog In The World. Because I said so. But I digress. . . A couple of days ago, I caught her in a moment of staring, so I grabbed my phone and caught this.
OK photo, but not all that interesting. Now when you add a little Snapseed, you get this . . .
To me, this is just way more interesting. I don’t really notice the couch or the blanket – just her and that adorable profile.
Yesterday morning I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a really long time. There’s this field I drive by almost every day. It’s just very beautiful to me – the way the long shadows fall behind these lush trees that pop up here and there is just divine. The sea of grass is so tall, it almost skims some of the lower branches. With a pretty tall chain link fence and a “No Trespassing” sign, I can’t really go inside of it. But today, with a car full of groceries, I just pulled my minivan over on the side of the road and took a few shots through the fence with my phone. (Now I normally wouldn’t suggest doing this – most people get really nervous when a woman in a minivan pulls off the road, thinking something is wrong.) But I was quick and got away with these. They don’t do the field justice, but they convey a little of its beauty.
I hope you’ll try Snapseed. It is just a really amazing tool for making an ordinary iPhone photo into something cool and different. So if you love to experiment, go for it! Just pay no attention to that crazy lady with her phone on the side of the road, OK?