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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)

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posted on 29 Oct 2013, 12:46 1

1. Carlitos (Posts: 559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 12:58 2

2. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 13:05

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Downloading this as soon as it's available.

EDIT: It's live in the Play Store in the US.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 13:45 2

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 13:59 2

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.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 13:10 2

4. deepblack (Posts: 50; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 13:24

5. luigi0824 (Posts: 49; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

the clouds are ugly

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