As a photographer in a previous life, during a period of industry transition from film to digital, managing and manipulating images meant dealing with the challenge of physical storage of film and prints along with lengthy and expensive darkroom manipulation whilst moving toward a future where we would use software on a desktop computer to manipulate and manage images. Just writing that makes me feel ancient. (I am not)
Nowadays, my collection of film cameras collects dust and I barely travel with a bulky DSLR camera, choosing the immediacy and convenience of my smartphone to shoot as many images in the moment as my device storage can handle. As I’m shooting, my images are backed up to the cloud and I can instantly edit them on my smartphone and use them on social media, my blog or as part of a learning resource I am developing.
This week I will be covering the tools and workflows I use both in my personal and professional life that help me manage, manipulate and use images while I am living and working in the moment.
You can read more about the tools and workflows I use for managing images below, then take a look at the activities under ‘Try’, and finally, please share your thoughts and comments with us under ‘Share’.
- Scan my ‘Look’ QR code below to see Darwin Sunset Pop
- Install Snapseed on your smartphone
- Open the app and open a photo to edit
- Click the ‘Undo-Layers’ option on the upper right of the screen then click ‘QR Look’ and click ‘Scan QR look’
- Create and save your own ‘Look’ on the Snapseed:
I would urge you to experiment and play with the app but if you get stuck on saving your ‘Look’ click here for step-by-step instructions.
- Make your own image based on someone else’s image:
While it’s great to shoot your own photos you may not always have the time or the ability to get the shot yourself so let’s try our hand at manipulating an image covered by a creative commons license. Go to the Creative Commons Search image library, make sure you select the ‘Modify or adapt’ option, download an image and then edit it in Snapseed to create your own unique interpretation of the image.
- If you’re using a cloud backup service on your smartphone, like Google Photos or Microsoft OneDrive, these image experiments will be backed up and ready to use across all your devices
- Look for Thing 14 for more details on Creative Commons and stock photo libraries