Review: Snapseed

I think it is fair to say I am a bit of a fan of iPhoneography and Instagram … but I think after you have played around with the filters on Instagram it is not long before you want some more. So where to next. I have ‘a few/a lot’ of photography apps on my phone. I can’t help it. I love to try them out and see what works best. So I thought it might be worthwhile to do a few posts on some of the ones that I have played around with. First … Snapseed.


Snapseed would have to be my fav iPhone photography app (excluding Instagram). It is easy to use and comes with some great features that make it easy for anyone to enhance your photos, add amazing effects, and share them everywhere. This is an app that I would say that it is very easy to use everyday and a must for anyone doing an Instagram daily challenge.



Similar to iPhoto on the Mac or Picasa on the PC, Snapseed provides you with simple tools to help adjust basic problems with your photos, including color, exposure, straightening, cropping, and “tuning,” which is a broad category of corrections like manipulating saturation, white balance, and contrast. Built-in tutorials, tips, and video lessons make is easy even for the noive to get started,

Special effects include drama, grunge, vintage, center focus, frames, and “tilt shift”–a popular technique that gives photos a miniaturized look.  Each effect has a number of primary styles or textures that can be applied to further customize the look and feel of your photos. The net result is hundreds of possible combinations that can be thoroughly tweaked until you get just the effect you’re looking for. The end result is that you can do way more with your photos than you can with  Instagram or Hipstamatic alone.

Once you’re done tweaking your images, Snapseed has built-in email, Facebook, and Flickr sharing tools, and if you have an AirPrint-compatible printer, you can print straight from the app, too. You can also share your photos with other iphone photography apps like Instagram … so you can easily go from taking photos, editing them to sharing them on Instagram.

The bottom line. Whether you’re an amateur or pro photographer, Snapseed can help your photos look better. At $4.99, it’s a bargain.

Product: Snapseed

Current Version: 1.4

Seller: Nik Software, Inc

Price: AU$5.49 (US$4.99)



  • iOS 4.2 or later
  • iPod Touch 3rd Generation (16 and 32GB), iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32, and 64GB), iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3rd Generation
  • Up to 6.25 MP images for iPad, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch (3rd & 4th Gen), larger images will automatically be downsampled
  • Up to 16 MP images for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, larger images will automatically be downsampled
  • Up to 20.25 MP images for iPad 3rd Generation, larger images will be automatically downsampled
  • JPEG, TIFF photos, and RAW photos. RAW photos can be edited on iPad, iPad2, or iPad 3rd Generation and must be transferred using the Camera Connector Kit. If files show up as a small thumbnail, go to Settings > Location Services and turn this setting to On for Snapseed. This is required to allow Snapseed to use the iOS RAW processing.
  • Languages supported: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Arabic

Android (coming soon)

  • Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later
  • Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 based device
  • Screen with a resolution of at least 960×720 (Extra Large screen type)


  • Seana Smith

    Hi Bron, I have bought Snapseed but haven’t been exploiting it fully at all. I need to read more of the info and watch some of the videos. Your post is a welcome reminder!!

    • Snapseed is a great little app. I use it mostly with Instagram to give me more options to edit and playaround with the photos. I am sure that I haven’t gone close to using all of the features but it is alot of fun 🙂

      Thanks for visiting .. and it was great to see you on the weekend!