Maybe that’s why I have at least a dozen photo effects and filters apps that I don’t need. Many of those have been discarded in favor of a single Mac app that takes photos and makes them great photos.
And it’s all point and click and slide.
A Great Photo Starts With Great Photo
Today’s economy is so volatile that the only sure way to make a small fortune in business is to start with a large fortune.
How do you make great photos in a point and shoot world full of pocket cameras and smartphone cameras?
First, start with Great Photo. Not a great photo. Great Photo Pro.
It’s a Mac app that brings together the highly valued, often used effects and filters that Mac photographers want and need but in a single package that’s drop dead easy to use. You can pay more money for a photo enhancing app with the 7 most desired features, but if you can only afford a bargain, this is it.
First, take a look at the elegant interface and how it compares an enhanced photo to the original.
The Big Aperture tool featured above lets you add depth of field to a photo after you’ve taken it with your camera.
Auto focus, point, shoot, and worry about depth of field later because it’s easy to do in Great Photo Pro.
Another popular feature is Color Splash, whereby a color photo is changed to grayscale, but a portion of the photo’s color is left intact (as in the photo above).
The Photo-Realistic HDR button improves detail in shadows and highlights from multiple shots of the same scene.
Built in to the HDR implementation is the ability to align multiple photos to avoid the ghosting common in other HDR apps (click on the photos above for a larger, pop up view).
Great Photo Pro has more to justify an already nominal price tag.
The FX bucket is a bucket packed with settings, over 400 effects, nearly two dozen borders, and an even dozen vignette styles that can be applied to photos with a click.
Collage lets you build an ensemble of photos from pre-designed templates with special colors and patterns. It’s all drag and drop.
Quick Edit brings cropping, image enhancement, highlight effects and saturation to a toolset that’s as easy to use as point and click and moving a slider back and forth.
One of my favorite tools is Fine Edit, a powerful but understated module to apply lighting, color adjustments, temperature and curve adjustments, sharpen, blur, and much more. It’s all real time, point and click and slide.
Great Photo Pro works on TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and RAW file formats. What’s missing in this bargain app? Some of what iPhoto has already, such as retouch and red eye removal. On the negative side, despite the value and great effects, it’s a bit buggy to use, even on a honking fast Mac with loads of RAM.