Home from the holidays, kids back in school and finally enough time on my hands to get to my ever-growing list of THINGS TO DO. There are tasks on there like ‘sort out the shed’ and ‘book chimney sweep’, which I keep pushing aside, in true master procrastinator fashion, in favour of the more interesting items. Like sharing this post with you.
Let me start by saying that our summer in Seattle was truly epic, as I believe the photos will show. In fact, I’m not going to say much more than that and simply let the pictures tell the story. But one thing I do want to touch on – a bit of photography talk for my fellow camera buffs. If you’re not bothered, then please feel free to skip down to the photo gallery below.
Just prior to leaving for Seattle this summer, I bought myself a new photo editing program. A longtime user of Adobe Photoshop and, for fun effects, Instagram, I wanted something that combined the major features of the two. I tried adding Instagram-like ‘actions’ to Photoshop, but they only offered limited options and none were as good as the phone-based app. And the phone-based app was, well, phone-based. I wanted something I could use on my laptop. Enter Snapseed.
Imagine if you could crawl inside Instagram’s filters and tweak each one the way you wanted it. Adjust the image (sharpness, brightness, contrast, etc.) as well as the special effects (grunge, vignette, blur, age). That’s what Snapseed essentially offers. Also the much wished-for (by me) ability to easily select a point of focus and blur the rest, controlling scope and strength of the blur with easy point and click. And there’s also a large selection of frames, giving you control over size, spread and ‘grunge’ factor. The desktop version costs €15.95 and the mobile app is £2.99. (Disappointingly, purchasing the desktop version did not give me a free pass for the mobile app., but I still found them both worthwhile.)
But I didn’t set out to write a review of Snapseed, only to point it out to those of you who are Instagram fans and may find it really exciting. Also to share with you some of the photos I took in Seattle, all of which have been given a Snapseed treatment. I realized too late that I should have noted down which filters and effects I used for each shot, as that would have been useful information to give. Sorry. Perhaps you’ll have fun trying to figure it out and duplicate some of the effects on your own pictures?