Don’t get me wrong. I really value the processing headroom of RAW files, whether they’ve been shot on a phone or a full frame camera, but I’m starting to think the iPhone might be a special case.
Photography based around using a smartphone or tablet to take, edit and share pictures. Many smartphones now have highly sophisticated camera arrays, advanced camera apps which include filters, effects and editing tools to rival those on desktop computers and, of course, the ability to publish images immediately and share them on social media.
If you’ve got Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic you’ve got an Adobe Creative Cloud account, and this means you can synchronise photos between the Lightroom catalog on your computer, your Lightroom online web space and your mobile device. You can do this with either version of Lightroom, but Lightroom CC is built to do this […]
Well, I actually think you can. I like taking pictures with my iPhone. It’s partly a practical thing, as it’s the camera I always have with me. More than that, though, it makes me see things differently. I see compositions, shapes, light and shadow in a way that I might not when looking through a […]
Affinity Photo, Serif’s professional photo-editing application, is now available for the iPad. It’s not the first time a software publisher has produced a mobile version of a desktop application – take Photoshop Express and Lightroom Mobile, for example – but this time it’s different. Affinity Photo for iPad is not a simplified, cut-down accessory app […]
Pixelmator is an interesting image-editing app for Mac and iOS that I’m always telling myself I should spend more time with. Well I did just that, finding an interesting use for the Pixelmator Kaleidoscope filter. Before we go any further, though, there’s something you need to know (that I wish I’d found out sooner). The […]
Apple Photos is central to both the Mac OS and iOS devices. It’s a great way to keep all your photos to handy on all your devices, and it practically looks after itself – you add a photo on one device, and very soon it’s on all of them. It’s also a pretty good image-editing […]
The way that certain cameras feel and work and operate lends them to a certain kind of photography. And for me, the iPhone is perfect for high-contrast, graphic black and white images. True, the image quality is some way short of what you’d get from a ‘proper’ camera, but when I’m using it I see […]
Verdict: 5 stars If Snapseed 2 was a paid-for app, it would still be getting a 5-star rating. The fact that it’s free is just the icing on the cake. Snapseed combines a huge range of filters with some dazzling contemporary effects and an interface that’s perfectly design for small touchscreen devices. If only – IF ONLY – this was still available as a desktop app too.
Smartphones can shoot much more than snaps and selfies. The cameras are good, the apps are better and the way you can instantly share your photos with your friends and all your other devices is perhaps the best thing of all. But a smartphone is also a genuinely creative tool.
I am a huge fan of Google Snapseed. I’m not a huge fan of what Google has done with it, dropping the desktop Snapseed app and then the online Snapseed editing tools built into Google+ Photos. This has been replaced by a separate Google Photos option with much simpler editing tools. Thankfully, Snapseed still exists […]