Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Less Really Is More.............

Last week I conducted an experiment. Up until now, most of my iPhone images were processed using four or five different apps. This made it difficult to share what I was doing or to duplicate desired effects.

Another pitfall to this unorganized workflow was some apps reduce the resolution of your image and I decided that this was unacceptable.

So last week I began working only in Snapseed. This app, made by Nik Software, keeps the original resolution intact. (There is also a desktop version of this program, but I am only using it in my phone.)

One huge advantage to working this way is I am getting very familiar with everything this app has to offer. This includes the "Selective Adjustment" function. With this, you can zero in on one area and adjust the brightness, contrast and/or saturation of just that section of the image.

This past week, as I watched the San Francisco Giants claw their way to the World Series, I sat and reworked many images from earlier this year as well as some newer ones. Here are a few of them:

©2012 Dianne Poinski - "Bogle Vineyards"

©2012 Dianne Poinski - "Capitol"

©2012 Dianne Poinski "Along the Levy"

©2012 Dianne Poinski "Sutro Baths"

©2012 Dianne Poinski "Spring Tree"

There really is something to "less is more". In this case, using only one app instead of five felt very liberating. Having fewer decisions to make seems to fuel creativity in some strange way.

I am still settling into a workflow, but once I have a rhythm to how I am using this program I will share the steps I take to get the effects I want.

In the meantime, I will once again be on my couch cheering on my favorite team. Go Giants!!!!


  1. Hi Dianne!
    Funny that I've been doing the same thing: only using Snapseed for my phone images (except for the occasional frame in PhotoToaster). You're right, it is liberating. I've also been taking some of my Nikon images into Snapseed for Mac and enjoying the many editing options there. I do hope Google doesn't mess with Snapseed. Hope you're well & enjoying Autumn. I sure am :)

  2. Oh my gosh Dianne--these are gorgeous!! I especially like the one titled "On the Levy." Italy eat your heart out!!

    I'm all for the "keep it simple" approach. I think when we spread ourselves too thin, it can also diminish the content...and in your case, less is so obviously more!!

    Let's lunch soon:-)

  3. Thank you so much Donna & Hannah!

    So good to hear from you Donna and yes - I too hope Google keeps it's hands out of Snapseed! Hope to see more of your images over at IG soon!

    Hannah - "On the Levy" was taken while on the American River Parkway near Sac State. Love your reference to Italy!! Would love to have lunch soon!