iphone love: Snapseed photo app and puppy pictures

Warning: this post is part proud puppy papa wanting to show everyone pictures of his new baby girl, and part iphoneography geek sharing. – Todd

Over the last couple years, like thousands of people, both Diane and I have grown to love photographing with our iphones. But between the two of us, she is the one who has really delved into it. I’ve kinda tinkered.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved hunting down useful apps for us to play with. Shooting moments and scenes of our travels. And capturing cool street art we’ll stumble upon in our wanderings.

I love how our smart phones whittle photography down to its pure essentials, lighting, composition, timing, and heart; almost forcing the photographer to release themselves from all the other technical mumbo-jumbo. I’m amazed and inspired by the creativity and talent that finds its way to instagram and other sharing platforms.

But for me, I haven’t had a consistent muse to keep me shooting with my phone on a daily basis. Our travels happen sporadically. I don’t find much of our daily life thrilling enough to warrant a “look at this!” social share. Until now.

Puppies are just so damn cute there is a constant stream of moments we want to share all the time. Plus we have East Coast friends that if demanded daily photos when we get a puppy.

So now that I have been shooting regularly everyday, I’ve also been spending more time iphone editing. A while back Broderick of Savory Exposure had tweeted out that one of his favorite apps (Snapseed) was on sale, so I immediately snatched it up, but then it sat gently used in my phone for the longest time.

Diane on the other hand quickly fell in love with it and it has become one of her most used apps. So now that I’m shooting more, I decided to give Snapseed at bit more attention and I have to say, “I love it!”

It’s now the first spot I run my photos through. The adjustments are quick to cycle through and apply. You can make specific adjustments with the color, sharpness, focus, etc., or there are the preset groups that will give you a quick stylistic look but still allowing you to make adjustments to the preset.

Here’s my usual editing workflow. Open up the photo in Snapseed, use the Tilt-Shift or Center Focus to direct the eye to somewhere in the frame. Sometimes even running it through both of them. After that I’ll either make a specific adjustment, maybe desaturate a bit or sharpen or contrast, or I’ll just open up and cycle through the vintage presets and tweak them a bit.

Above: Tilt-Shift and its options – Below: One of the Vintage Presets and its options.

And that’s about it. Sometimes I may take it into another app which I like some of the preset looks or else occasionally use one of the Instagram presets, but usually Snapseed gets me what I want, unless it is a Black & White look I want, then I have another favorite app for that, but we’ll save that for another time.

And if you need to get your puppy fix on, there will be a regular stream of puppy pics landing on my Instagram feed. 😉 I’m sure Diane will have more than a few as well.


I’d love to hear about what your muse is, or you know I’m an app geek, give me your favorite app recommendations.  Thanks for putting up with a puppy papa and his pics!


{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. ana lemaitre

    your work is amazing! And your puppy soo cute 🙂 I love how you show your love for your dogs 🙂 I do it all the time in my web, they are adorables.

  2. Jenny @ BAKE

    she is adorable! I just want to hug her!

  3. dervla

    oh my gosh, I love Snapseed too. My only issue is that when i tweak the structure or sharpness too much the image totally loses quality and can look pretty bad enlarged. But that’s to be expected I suppose. Otherwise it’s a great app and I love that it can post directly to instagram too! And i just want to snuggle that pup. I also love using pic collage because then you can create a collage of your favorite images and group shots together.

  4. julie

    Ah, I’ve had almost the exact same experience with Snapseed! Except I’m afraid I don’t quite fully “get” it yet. I also got the app back when it was on sale, and I’ve tried tinkering with it now and then but haven’t been able to get comfortable with it. So it was really nice to read through your workflow! Always love the photography on this site (and really loved the photo basics series you guys did a while back), so this workflow thing is really helpful to read through as I learn my way with things. Right now I am really liking the VSCOCAM app. Looking forward to hearing your fav app for black & white. 🙂

  5. Susan in the Boonies

    I have no tips, but that first photo completely grabbed my heart and squeeeeeeeeeeeeezed it for all it was worth!!!

    Kisses to the puppy from Susan in the Boonies! No wonder you’re proud, papa!!!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks Susan!

  6. Colette

    Look @ those big eyes & cute li’l belly!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Puppy bellies have to be on the list of most underrated cuteness subjects ever. Ahhhh. So cute!

  7. Cory

    The first pic is the best by far. A perfect shot to show that puppy curiosity. Lighting and comp are real nice for a phone pic. Hard to believe five years ago you would have needed an $800 camera for that shot.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks so much! The technology today is amazing. There really has never been a better time in history to be a photographer.

  8. Steve-Anna

    I”m with Ashley, what is this post about? I only have eyes for Peanut ; ) Well, and Sierra. Oh, and my little muse: http://twitpic.com/akmx4e


    1. White on Rice Couple

      Your little muse is adorable! We have to get you down here again for puppy kisses and hugs! Miss you!


      1. Steve-Anna

        I know, I miss you all, too!! Can you imagine my little muse just turned nineteen this summer? She’s still a daily inspiration ; )

  9. Shut Up & Cook

    I am so in love with this puppy! The cutest!

    And yes…totally agree…the iPhone camera + aps are pretty amazing.

    Like photographic WonderBras for the rest of us!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      That is one of the best analogies we’ve heard describing apps. Someone aught to use that as their tagline!

  10. Good Taste & Gatherings via Facebook


  11. @mnystedt

    Warning! Cute puppy photos! http://t.co/6TibW3gG

  12. Hosie Thomas via Facebook

    Nice pics, per usual and I really like the snapseed app!

  13. Tina

    Love the puppy pics! Keep ’em coming 🙂 And thank for not only sharing info on Snapseed, but for inspiring me to embrace my iPhone camera. I’m on vacation right now, and I’m going to leave my bulky DSLR in my hotel room today to see what I can capture with my phone.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Loved that you were inspired to leave the dlsr behind and went out to shoot with your phone. We love shooting with our dslrs, but it is nice to be free and travel about with just the phone. The best camera is always the one that is with you.

  14. @mkparkinson

    Friday productivity just dropped by 497%. Can’t. Resist. TheCuteness. PRT @WhiteOnRice: Puppy Lexi cuteness overload http://t.co/DOUFWPPR

  15. Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

    Apps, what apps? I wouldn’t know anything about those, for I don’t even own an iPhone. 😉

    I do, however, own 2 RRs, so I’m all over that little “Peanut” of yours.

    Haven’t been around RR pups in way too long… your posts give me neeeeeeeds… 😉

    Keep ’em pictures of that little cutie coming! 🙂

    1. White on Rice Couple

      All that app talk was just an excuse to share the big paw, floppy ear, wrinkled forehead ridgie puppy cuteness! We’ll make sure to sneak in puppy pics here and there for no reason other than they are just too dang cute!

  16. Cynthia A.

    Love the QR codes that let folks do an instant follow. And the Lexi photos–too delicious. My daughter is petitioning us for a Ridgeback now. Maybe you need a dog sitter?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      We love Ridgies. Sometimes too smart for our own good, but that is part of their charm!

  17. Marian (Sweetopia)

    I understand! I have to refrain myself from posting too many photos of my Lionhead bunny, Lionel, and your little baby girl is beyond adorable!
    Haven’t tried Snapseed yet, but I like the iphone Apps Filterstorm, Lenslight and for the occasional fun text and graphic ideas, Rhonna Designs.

    1. Annie

      I had to Google Lionhead bunny too. OMG, it’s the Easter Bunny!

    2. White on Rice Couple

      I had never heard of a Lionhead bunny so I had to google it. Oh My God! They have to be one of the cutest creatures on the planet. Post away those photos. The cult favorite dog, Boo had nothing on a Lionhead Bunny!

  18. Sini

    She’s a true beauty.

  19. Connie Ding via Facebook

    awwwww…. so adorable!

  20. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    I am going to have to try Snapseed. I pretty much am the same way with my pug Weezer. I have waaaaay too many pictures of him on my phone and in my house.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      No such thing as too many puppy pics! It’s like saying there is too much chocolate in the world.

  21. JulieD

    I can just say that you’re not sharing enough photos of her. Seriously, you’re slacking, Todd! 🙂 Jaden was just talking about snapseed and I didn’t realize that I had already bought it…so I need to get into it. Thanks for the tips…and keep sharing pictures of little Lexi and Sierra too!

    My muse is little Angel and Charley. Although, I feel like I need to share pics of the cats too…the dogs get all of the attention!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Giving you just enough that you are always wanting a little more! 😉

  22. Ashley

    I can’t take the cuteness. Were you talking about apps or something? All I saw was a puppy. 🙂

    1. White on Rice Couple

      All my babbling was really just an excuse to put up the photos ;)!

  23. Janet Moran

    I’d highly recommend Photosmith, it’s actually for the ipad not the iphone but it is a fantastic photo editing software!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thanks for the tip on Photosmith! It looks awesome. We are on the verge of finally breaking down and adding an ipad to our evergrowing mac collection and this will be one of the first apps we’ll have to get.

  24. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I haven’t instagrammed in ages – I just got so sucked into it and was not setting my phone down enough…And this is why: super cute puppies that just make me wanna get sucked right back in 🙂 She’s adorable!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      We remember you used to be an IG machine! So easy to get addicted to it. Glad you’re finding your balance!

  25. @rendezvoushotel

    iphone love: Snapseed photo app and puppy pictures: Warning: this post is part proud puppy papa wanting to show … http://t.co/1TksxGcZ

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