Editing Photos on your iPhone with Snapseed

When it comes to editing photos on my iPhone, Snapseed is one of my favorites. It was conceived developed by Nik Software and after Google acquired Nik Software, Google continues to develop it.

I love the versatility of Snapseed: you can apply on of many Instagram-like filters to give your photo a specific look or you can decide to use the more Photoshop-like tools to get the most out of your photo. Photographers have been using Snapseed for years. As have I.

Snapseed on your iPhone

I love the individual controls of Snapseed. I will use it’s features Tune Image, Details and Brush a lot. All of them are done on a separate layer which still can be change after you apply them. So you can always undo or tune your edits. True non-destructive editing in a sense.

Snapseed has a couple of cool looking frames to put around your photos too.

The combination of shooting RAW on your iPhone with Camera+ and editing in Snapseed is second to none. I have largely switches to doing it all in Adobe Lightroom Mobile. But that is because I am a heavy LR users. Snapseed however is my backup solution.

Snapseed is available for iOS and Android. And on top of all this, Snapseed is absolutely free.

My Collaboration with Sharon Shared on curvy.be

Screenshot of Curvy.be Instagram

My friends of curvy.be shared my  photo of model Sharon wearing a CURVES ON FLEEK tank top on their Instagram feed. It is always nice to see my work shared by folks who like my work. And it makes me especially happy to have received proper credits, both for myself as photographer and for Sharon as the model.

The photo has been doing quite well over at curvy.be’s IG: it passed the mark of 2200 likes. I think this makes it my 2nd most successful photo ever. A couple of years back, one of my snapshots at the Duvel Brewery got picked up by them and received over 6500 likes on Facebook.

Even though I am not in it for the likes and shares, it is very flattering to have my work shared. I had a lot of fun on that shoot with Sharon and I like the photo myself. That makes it all extra cool.

Curvy Sharon in Color

I like to experiment a bit at the end of a photo shoot. Once I’m confident that I have at least 1 or 2 cool photos, I will try something new. That is: something that is new to me. Color gels are my new something right now. It has been for a while. 

I’m slowly getting the hang of it. After going through a couple of fashion outfits on our last shoot, the lovely Sharon agreed to try something with color gels. We both found this pic to be cool.

Curvy Sharon in Color

Nanoe as a Latex Bunny

Nanoe is definitely sweeter and nicer that her top leads to believe. We had a lot of fun back in February on our 1st collaboration together. We had agreed to do a series of portraits and then some fun stuff. I will stick to the fun stuff. The portraits are nice. Nanoe has a very pretty face after all. But the fun stuff is really fun, and way cooler that the portraits we did.

Nanoe Is Nicer Than Her Top Says

Nanoe Is Nicer Than Her Top Says

When I asked Nanoe what latex outfit she wanted to wear for the last session of our shoot, she said she wanted to wear the kitten ears. And that is exactly what happened: she wore the Larissa Latex Harness Dress from Pandora Deluxe with a belt from Mico Couture and the Kitten Ears from Lady Lucie.

Nanoe as a Latex Bunny

Sharon’s Curves Are in Fleek

There’s a lot of perks to working with an experienced model. But Sharon always brings a little extra to the table. She’s always well prepared, brings more outfits than we can shoot in an afternoon and she always has something cool. Take this CURVES ON FLEEK top. It is just too cute not the use in on a photo shoot.

Sharon's Curves Are on Fleek

Sharon's Curves Are on Fleek

No photoshoot with me would be comeplete if it does not involve some latex. And combining lingerie and latex was definitely a good idea. It shows off Sharon’s beautiful curves and tattoos. I really love this photo.

Curves, Tattoos and Latex

2017 Started with a New Face

I’ve started my photography year 2017 with a new face: earlier in January I had the pleasure to have the lovely Alexandra in my home studio. It was pretty cool to meet her and work with her on our little portrait and fashion session.

Potrait & Fashion with Alexandra De Bruyn

Potrait & Fashion with Alexandra De Bruyn


Killer Back

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the hardest to execute. It took us quite a few takes to get this picture absolutely perfect. It seemed the pose was a little harder on Shannety then she anticipated. ’cause by the end of the session, she was all crapped up. And Elem, my make-up artist for the day, was happy she could stop waving that big piece of cardboard to make Shannety’s hair fly all over.

Killer Back with Shannety

Grids: a Good Desktop Application for Instagram

I have a cool tip for you that is somewhat related to iPhoneography: a desktop application to easily look at your Instagram stream. The app is called Grids and is available for MacOS and Microsoft Windows.

I love Instagram. It is by far my favorite photography app. I post all my photos to Instagram before I show’em somewhere else. My Instagram is a mix of photos shot with my iPhone and more serious stuff that I will shoot with my Canon dSLR cameras. I browse to IG to look at the work of other photographers and models. I use it extensively. I like the IG iPhone app but I am less of a fan of looking at my stream on the Instagram website. Even when I’m working at my computer, I rather pick up my phone to flick through IG than go to their website.

I’ve looked at a few desktop applications for Instagram and Grids is by far the best I’ve found. I have set up to mimic the look and feel of the IG app on iPhone. It sits to the side of my screen and I can scroll through my stream like I would do on my phone, liking and clicking on user profiles as I go along. It has pretty much all the same features as the iPhone app has. An added feature is the option to download photos; something that can’t be done from the Instagram website or the iPhone app.

I used to have to put a photo on my Dropbox from my desktop, get my phone, download in the photo from Dropbox and then post in to IG using the app. But with Grids, you can post directly to Instagram from your desktop. For now, there is no option to share that post to your other social media like on the iPhone app, so I hope the developers add soon.

TheGridApp: a Good Desktop Appliacation for Instagram

Pink by Shannety

Pink by Shannety with Black Latex

I’ve finished my photographic year 2016 like I started it: a photo shoot with my favorite model Shannety. Back in January we worked on something with latex and color gels. That was new for us. And for our last shoot of 2016 we wanted something new too. Ripping up the background and have Shannety pop out seemed like fun.

Shannety is crazy about pink. She even named her Instagram Pink by Shannety. Go check it out. She runs a little fashion blog on her IG.

Using a pink background was the obvious choice.

Starting of with portraits was an obvious choice too. After a few shots, we knew this was gonna be fun. We aimed for a new profile picture to grace Shannety’s IG blog.

But everything became much more fun when she changed into beautiful black latex lingerie by Zorenko London and dauntingly high ballet heels from Kassiopeya.

Pink by Shannety with Black Latex

Pink by Shannety with Black Latex


Olloclip for Zooming on iPhone Cameras

A major disadvantage of the iPhone—and any other smartphone for that matter—is that it has a wide lens and no zoom. Most apps try to overcome that problem with a zoom function.

Unfortunately that is digital zoom, meaning that you zoom in by throwing pixels away. If you throw away the edge of your photo, the center of your photo seems bigger and therefore it looks as if you have zoomed in. And the problem with digital zoom is that it causes a number of other problems: the subjects in your photos are less sharp, noise will become more obvious and your photos have less pixels. They will therefor look less interesting.

iPhone 7 with Olloclip

I never use the zoom function in my camera app. In fact, I have hidden the zoom function in Camera+ as I mentioned in an earlier blog post. Sometimes I will crop my photo when I edit it, but most of the time I use Olloclip to zoom into my subjects. Olloclip builds a series of lenses you can clip on your iPhone to change the focal length of your iPhone camera. They have a 2x zoom lens, a couple  wide angle lenses and several (7x, 14x, 15x and 21x) macro lens. Lots of options that will help you overcome the lack of a zoom lens on the iPhone.

And with the new lenses for the iPhone 7, Olloclip has added a few interesting features: the clips will work on your front and back camera, you can clip them on over your screen protector, and you can mix and match 2 lenses to your liking.