Instagram and Snapseed

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Abbey processed with Instagram

In my previous post I talked about seeing in black and white, and how shooting black and white on a digital camera using Raw affects my thought process during a shoot. When I used black and white film (it seems like such a long time ago now) I had to visualise how the scene that I was photographing would turn out in monochrome. There was no point thinking about colour at all.

Now, things have changed. My shoot with Abbey was a good example – I wanted black and white images, I was visualising in black and white, but I was still aware that I was shooting in colour and therefore that I could process the photos I was taking in colour too, if I wanted.

Instagram & Snapseed apps

Since that shoot I’ve purchased an iPad 2. I bought it primarily as an ebook reader but it turns out that it’s a useful post-processing tool as well. I wasn’t expecting to use it for post-processing but I found a couple of good apps that I like using – Instagram and Snapseed (the links take you to the iTunes store). Using the iPad 2 to process my images is a fun process more than anything, both these apps are easy to use and there’s something quite cool about editing photos by swiping the iPad’s touch screen. It may just be the novelty of it, but I like it. Sitting down at a computer to edit photos, the way I normally do it, feels quite serious in comparison.

A good reason for using the Raw format is that you never know what you may do with your photos in the future. This was meant to be a black and white shoot, and here I am processing the images in colour on a machine I didn’t own when I took the photos with software I’ve never used before.

It’s important to point out that I’m only working on these images in Instagram and Snapseed because I like them. There’s point in using apps like these to try and make bad photos look good. They should only be used to enhance what are already good images. Henri Cartier-Bresson is quoted as saying:

The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera.

That’s very true – the composition and lighting have to be right at the point you press the shutter button. Too many people use post-processing techniques as a substitute for learning to see.

Instagram photos

These are the photos processed with the Instagram app. Take a look at my previous post to see how I processed the images in colour and black and white in Lightroom 3.

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Abbey processed with Instagram

Snapseed photos

These are the photos taken with Snapseed. You can learn more about Snapseed and what it does at the Nik software website. Snapseed is easily the best image editing app I’ve used on the iPad so far, so it’s worth checking out. I’ve deliberately given these photos a ‘grungy’ look but you don’t have to go that far with it, you can use it for more ‘regular’ post-processing as well.

Abbey processed with Snapseed

Abbey processed with Snapseed

Abbey processed with Snapseed

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