Something I like to do, when editing my photos on the iPhone or in photoshop, is change the lighting. The image above is nice and all, but the lighting is too even throughout the scene. This is mainly because I used an HDR app to make sure I captured detail in the shadows and highlights of the scene. Once I have all the information in the shadows and highlights, I’m free to mold the light in the scene into something more dramatic or interesting.
My favorite apps for doing this are Snapseed, with the center focus feature, and SimplyHDR, with their tint feature. For the image below, I used SimplyHDR to brighten the middle of the scene and pull out some more detail, something SimplyHDR is good at doing. The tint I used for this one was a white circle in the middle with a black vignette on the edges. It’s great for drawing attention towards the middle of the frame, which is what I wanted. It has to be my favorite one, but there are a lot of colored options as well. Most of the time, I lower the opacity of the tint for a more subtle effect, which is what I did on the image below.