Snapseed on iOS

I don’t know if you use Snapseed or not but it’s become very much a part of my iPad/iPhone photography workflow.


I initially started using it because it has a Frames tool that lets me simply add a border to an image before uploading to Instagram/Facebook. But I’ve become increasingly addicted to a few of the other editing tools as well (tonal contrast, glamour glow, define (structure/sharpen), and faces. It also has a very nice healing brush as well as a dodge/burn tool that I use in monochromes.

This morning Google updated Snapseed to add a new Curves tool – which does what you think it should do – including allowing adjusting curves by red/green/blue channel. Very nice update/upgrade – this tool had become extremely useful for a mobile only workflow and it’s amazing that it’s all free from Google! If you haven’t played with it in a while, give it a try.

Thinking about Google+

A friend invited me about 10 days ago into Google+, Google’s new “social” service. As many others have commented, it’s very well done for a “field trial” as Google calls it. The UI is very nice – with a couple of exceptions like endless comment streams – and Google+’s handling of photographs is beautifully done. You can get to my Google+ posts by clicking on the G+ icon over at the top of the right sidebar on this page.

Of course, Google+ is still new – and it’s attractive partially just for that reason. It’s sort of like the new restaurant in town. Still, I’m finding that Facebook is getting less of my attention as a result of Google+. How about you?

As for Twitter, I typically keep Twitter running – as a separate app – off on the right side of my display and always in view along with my browser. It’s a parallel feed – and I appreciate it’s “information density” with short posts, no integration of comments, etc.

Facebook, on the other hand, I run in a separate browser tab – a tab that I have to decide to click and go to – just like my email (ugh!). In the “attention economy”, seems to me that’s important – at least in the desktop environment.

On a mobile device, it’s clearly a different story. Each app is “all consuming”! We’ll see how the Google+ iPhone app affects our mobile usage – once that app is released.

Going forward, it’ll be very interesting to see where Google+ goes. Might it replace my separate blog here? Or…?