Google's Snapseed adds impressive HDR Scape feature

Google's Snapseed adds impressive HDR Scape feature
Google has really been doubling down on photography recently with the various automatic features available in Google+, but today the company has announced an update to Snapseed, a mobile photo-editing app that it purchased a while back. In an update coming later today, Snapseed will be adding an incredibly impressive HDR Scape feature.

According to Google's Vic Gundotra, right now our mobile cameras only approximate HDR by using pixel color as the basis to process three separate images and combine them into a single image. But, this new HDR Scape feature uses an advanced pixel-edge contrast method in order to create amazing HDR photos from a single image. If the app can work as well as the demos, this could be a great alternative. 

As you can see below, HDR Scape in Snapseed can dramatically change the look of an image, and the app will give you slider controls to increase or decrease the intensity of the effects. Gundotra did warn that the feature will work best on landscapes and stationary objects with a lot of structure, and is not going to work too well on faces (although we expect some amusing results from those who do apply it to faces). 

The update isn't live as of this writing, but when it is it will be at the links below.

*Update* The new version of Snapseed is now live!

Download: Snapseed (Android & iOS)



1. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

That's amazing. Specially since its all software not hardware. Google truly innovates.

2. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

WOW. That's something. Crappy shots now have a better fighting chance.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Downloading this as soon as it's available. EDIT: It's live in the Play Store in the US.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This app is f-----g amazing.

7. Sauce unregistered

Isnt it?!! Been using this app ever since it's creation. My number one mobile editing app. Love it! Especially selective adjustment.

4. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Just add saving as a full resolution photo in Android device.

5. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

the clouds are ugly

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