Post editing photos on your mobile or tablet (for Instagram) using Snapseed

There are many apps on the market that are great, however my one and only on-the-go tool is Snapseed, by Google.

This is a powerful app.  I use it to prepare my pictures I upload to Instagram.  And you can too.

From tuning the images, to cropping to right size for Instagram so they will upload without any changes, Snapseed makes it possible to have minimal loss of quality post-edit when uploading to Instagram.

Being rated as one of the top apps, its simplicity and ease of use, this app it’s a must have app, and now with the upgrade, you can apply quality filters.

Download Snapseed

Download Snapseed for Android devices here

Download Snapseed for iOS here

Some Useful Guides for Snapseed

If you are a visual and auditory learner click here for a good YouTube video intro.

If you like reading instead with images click here.

How to take a good black and white photo

It’s very easy to desaturate your picture to have a black and white photo.  You can also use the options provided by many applications to quickly change from colour mode to black and white mode.

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But if your subject wasn’t properly exposed, and the lighting wasn’t right, you’ll end up spending a good deal of time post editing. Using a black or white back drop always helps with portraits if you just want to showcase the face of the person.

Use bonce method to create the natural effect of half lit face, avoid doing that in post edit, it never looks natural.

The reason I love black and white portraits is that I can show emotions, and more importantly, tell a story.

I am new to photography. Where should I focus my time?

Loving nature, and the colours produced at dusk and dawn, motivates me to do landscape photography.

I want to be out there, spend more time on scene, enjoy the moment, cherish the opportunity of being able to see it as is, and less time behind a screen post editing.

So, where do I think you should spend your time as a new photographer?  Out there in the field.  Pointing and shooting.  Experimenting.


Here is an excerpt from an article of interest.  You can read the entire article here.

“Time to be more creative” by David Shaw

“When I saw a composition,  I would raise my camera and shoot, re-compose, shoot again, and so on for several minutes, while other photographers were still working out the best lens, camera body, or filter for the situation.

I also found I had more time and energy to simply sit on the tundra, look, and wait. I wasn’t fiddling with my gear so I had long moments to experience the places where I was photographing.

Come to think of it, that may actually be why I feel my photography improved so much. I had the time to be creative.”



If a professional photographer is more concerned about being in the moment, becoming part of the environment he is shooting in, then I suggest you possibly try the same.

It is almost like a waking meditation.  Just allow your attention to focus around you and watch as you notice things jumping out at you…  And capture this!

You certainly must make time for just exploring your own creativity.    You won’t regret it.

So you want to be a Photographer?

Anyone can buy some gear, and go out, point and shoot. But there are more to being a photographer than just using an auto-mode.

Having the right knowledge of lighting and settings, putting your passion into what you are learning and doing what you love, and taking time to produce a piece of art.

Don’t just follow a manual.  Use your own imagination, your own creativity, your own perspective.

To be an individual, go out and experiment.

Find your passion, and your strength.

Then decide how you want to pursue photography, portrait, landscape, sports, etc.  Take pictures of what makes you happy, it’s the only way to excel.

This will make it easy when choosing the right lens.

Here is an excellent article to get you started.



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