Nowadays HDR images are becoming a useful tool in lighting studies and post-occupancy evaluation. However, this technique requires cameras with manual control, and these features are not common on contemporary snapshot cameras, usually labeled as “amateurs”. However, all cameras have some kind of control that allows taking pictures with different exposures. This paper examines the possibility of making HDR images from digital compact cameras, as a way to contribute with a more accessible method for lighting studies. Tests were done in actual spaces and luminances were also measured by luminance meter. The comparison between both measures showed fairly correlative values.