2 seconds with Snapseed

This post has a challenge for you. A challenge inspired by my experience taking this picture. I want you to make your own HDR* effect photo. Read on...

*HDR stand for High Dynamic Range (Read more on Wikipedia)


Provo saw some amazing weather this Sunday. Our church class decided to venture outside for the lesson to enjoy the uncharacteristically warm January day. Of course, this was unfortunate for my friend who was teaching the lesson, because the gorgeous surroundings distracted many of us, including myself, to be honest (sorry, Marcus).

As we sat in the courtyard of a beautiful building, I thought to myself, "That would look really good with some HDR." I snapped the following picture with my phone.


Gorgeous, right? I love the angle of the light hitting the building, creating some nice shadows. I also liked the reflection on some of the windows, and I knew the sky's texture had potential with those wispy clouds. So I opened it up in my favorite mobile photo app, Snapseed. With the push of a button, it transformed into this...


You can definitely tell this photo has been heavily processed, but that's kind of the point. I enjoy creating effects and exaggerating colors and contrasts to make something bold. A lot of people have complimented me on the photos I share. I'm very grateful, but I also want you to know that you can do this, too! It's not even hard.

Project for you

So here's a fun little project for your next little break.

  1. Download Snapseed (for iOS or Android)

  2. Snap a picture on your phone, or use one you already have

  3. Play with the button called "HDR Scape"

  4. Share your results with me on social media or link to them in the comments below

HDR doesn't work great for every photo, so there's a chance you won't LOVE what you see, but the point is to experiment with it and have fun! Most pictures I take are ugly. I throw away most edits I make. Don't be afraid to go over the top!

This only takes a few seconds, and the results will surprise you. I can't wait to see what you create!

Some recent HDR effect photos created with Snapseed:


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