We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at Snapseed but in a unique way. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…
“I’m a relative newcomer to photography. Not in the sense of handling a camera; I’ve had cameras for decades that I used to capture snapshots. I am a newcomer in the sense that I have never had training, and that I realize that training helps you assess what you want from a shot, and how to get it.
I consider the first part of training in photography, as well as all forms of visual art, to be training your eye. What is your subject? What are you trying to convey about that subject? How do you convey that feeling? There are hundreds of books and articles that go over composition and lighting, and they often contradict each other. I read an article this past weekend that trashed the vaunted “rule of thirds”, and said that method of composition should never be followed.
I can’t and don’t want to dictate what your images should look like. What I can help you with is using apps to get from the image you captured to the image that reflects what your eye truly “sees”. I’m going to be using the powerful and free app Snapseed, but the principles apply across the use of all photo/art apps. It is a beginner tutorial, but I will not be describing how to operate Snapseed in detail; please visit my three-part tutorial from last April/May for that (see here).
The test shot is one I took while walking along Disney’s Boardwalk at Walt Disney World with my iPhone 6S+. A beautiful sky, a nice balance of architecture and nature, and a balance of exposure that has no impenetrable shadows or blown-out highlights. (Look at that histogram!) Is it exactly what I wanted to capture? When I look closer, I have to admit that it’s not a perfect shot”.