Bristol Harbourside

One of my favourite iOS apps that I use on a regular basis is Snapseed. There are certain effects and image adjustments that I use to make images brighter or more dramatic.

The user interface, which I initially found challenging, I now find really simple and easy. I like how it takes advantage of the touch interface of iOS. You can swipe left and right to change the intensity of the filters and up and down to change aspects of those filters.

The one filter I use quite a bit is the HDR filter to add drama.

This is the original image

unaltered image

This is the processed image that has been through Snapseed.

Snapseeded Image

I realise that the HDR effect is somewhat subjective, but for me the key question, is do I like it, if so then I will keep it. There are images I work on that don’t work for me and these don’t get saved or uploaded to social media.

So which tools are you using?


Out of all the many photo editing apps on my iPad, the one I like the most at the moment (and the one I use the most too) is Snapseed. I do use Apple’s iPhoto a fair bit, but when it comes to creating a particular kind of image, I prefer Snapseed.

I was particularly pleased with the way this image of the Matthew at the Bristol Harbour Festival turned our, almost like an oil painting with the shadows and textures.

What I do like about Snapseed is how it well it makes use of the touch interface on the iPad. It’s even usable on the iPhone, but to be honest I much prefer the screen estate of the iPad for image editing.

If you like editing images and haven’t already then I would seriously have a look at Snapseed.

Get Snapseed in the iTunes App Store.


Over the last few days I have been playing around with the Snapseed app for the iPad. 

This is a wonderful photograph editing app that I was told about by Mark Power.

Unlike other similar apps in the iTunes store, this has a unique interface that at first takes a little getting use to, but once you’ve mastered it you realise how powerful and easy it is to use. It certainly makes the most of the touch interface that the iPad has.

It can even handle RAW images from your DSLR if you use the optional iPad camera connection kit.

As well as the usual brightness, contrast, saturation and other ways to tune your image, there is a useful selective adjustment tool that allows you to adjust part of the photograph.

I also like the included filters that can be used to add drama, grunge or make your photograph look vintage.

This is one of the most powerful apps I have used on the iPad for image manipulation and certainly I have been pleased with the results.

Get Snapseed in the iTunes Store.