Snapseed Adds HDR

Snapseed is among my favorite mobile apps (available for both Android and iOS) for editing photos although it hasn’t received an update in a quite while.  Thankfully it’s received an update today that includes a new filter — HDR Scape. For those of you who aren’t familiar with HDR, it stands for High-Dynamic-Range and this is a brief explanation from the Wiki:

HDR methods provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

HDR Scape, then, aims to achieve the same results but without the use of multiple pictures. Here are a couple of photos I thought would be good candidates to test out this new filter since they both had light and dark areas:

The filter can be modified with the four parameters (filter strength, brightness, saturation, and smoothing), but I’ve left all at their default setting. Now, there are plenty of photo editing apps out there with tons of filters to apply to your photos. For most, this update may seem rather trivial since it’s just an addition of one filter. For me, it signifies that Snapseed is still alive.

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