How to Use Snapseed to Create Extraordinary iPhone Photography

By , Aug 4, 2012

Welcome back to’s series in iPhoneography. So far we have covered everything from exposure to composition. One thing we haven’t addressed are the apps. This has been by design. I wanted to make sure we had a solid foundation in photography before we started exploring the the digital darkroom.

Later in the series we will continue to expand our foundations in photography, but today we jump into the darkroom, and there’s no better darkroom than Snapseed. I’m guessing many of you have already begun to explore Snapseed. If not, watch this video for a quick tour…

Now that we know the basics of Snapseed, let’s take a look at some before and afters. I hope that by looking at these images, not only will you learn some tips and tricks, I hope they will spark your own creative vision.



Who doesn’t love sunsets? One thing you can do to make your sunset images even more magical is to warm them up using the white balance tool in the Tune Image module. By changing the white balance you can warm up or cool down the image. I demonstrate this technique in this video.



There is no limit to the various combinations of Snapseed filters you can use on a single image. Well, there might be a theoretical limit, but no creative limit. You can tune your image, perform a black & white conversion, and apply a focus effect. No need to limit your creative vision to a single filter. In this image, my goal was to draw the viewer into it. To achieve my goal, I performed a black & white conversion which darkened the trees (border) and lighten the road (center). However, I didn’t stop there. I applied the ‘Center Focus’ filter to complete the sense of mystery and adventure I was after.



Snapseed doesn’t limit your creative vision to a single filter. No, you can apply as many filters as you would like. Heck, you can even double down on the same filter. In this image, I was able to achieve this effect by applying the ‘Vintage’ filter twice. Each time changing the effect slightly.

I hope these before and afters have sparked the creative muse inside all of you.


For this week’s assignment, let’s all head out into the field and make some magic with Snapseed. Make sure to tag your Instagram photos with #iDBSnapseed and we will feature our favorites in the next lesson. As always you can follow us @Justinbalog & @SebastienPage on Instagram. If you’d like to see other videos, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. We will see you back here in two weeks!

Close up on some of your work

Here are a few of my favorites pictures of yours that were tagged with the #iDBFreshPerspective tag on Instagram:









There are few quick housekeeping items to take care of. I will be posting new perspectives this week for you to try out over on my Facebook page so give it a ‘Like’ to follow along. Also, it seems several folks are interested in iPad Wallpapers, I share a free iPad Wallpaper in my monthly ‘Good Newsletter’ so feel free to sign up here if you’d like.

Justin Balog is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. You can follow is daily creative adventures at or learn more about iPhone Photography in his iBook ‘Big World Little Lens‘. You can get the PDF version of the eBook here.

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  • Sina

    Thank you again Justin, I love reading your posts.

    • Justin Balog

      No sweat Sina, I’m glad you are enjoying them. It’s people like you that fir

      es me up to keep sharing them.

  • Rohit Singh

    wow.. that image by kr0n0s99 looks aweeesssooommmeeee

    • Gus Me

      Thanks a lot! :)

      • Justin Balog

        No sweat, I dug it!

    • Tom

      Agreed. And the one by @darkmagik.

      Thanks Justin. I look forward to seeing some of the results of this assignment. :)

      • Justin Balog

        You bet!

  • Angel YoDuh Castillo

    Snapseed had always been my number one iPhone photo editing app! Its amazing!

  • A_Money

    Does someone have the dot wallpaper for download? Thanks!

  • Protocol_T

    Thanks a lot for featuring my photo, I’m glad you liked it.

    • Justin Balog

      You bet, glad I could help!

  • Gus Me

    Snapseed is an excellent app for editing. I use it on 99% of my pictures. Sometimes it’s just to adjust the brightness, other times it’s a lot more extensive. It’s a must have for sure, first app I recommend.

  • gunther80

    Nice post friend, thank you for the tips

    • Justin Balog

      No sweat, I’m glad I could help!

  • Donna Wright

    Wow! I’m really excited you featured my daisy photo. I’m @irishblue_gf enjoy your day :D

    • Justin Balog

      Totally, I loved it. Enjoy yours!

  • Sienna

    I really enjoyed this video. I have been hesitant to use snap seed because it seemed to be complicated. I watched a youtube video yesterday. After 12 minutes I thought WTF. In 6 minutes you explained it so succinctly I believe I can learn it now. Thanks for making it so accessible!