Children and relatives. You can’t live with ’em, and you can’t live with ’em. The Kayhill Estate has a new gadget. A digital camera with a lens that’s bigger than my thumbnail, and more dials, knobs, and buttons than Dolly Parton has hidden protruding flotation devices. What’s a new camera need? Apps.
Apps to make the photos look ever better than they actually are.
Cheap Mac Photo Effects Apps**
First things first, folks. Today’s crop of DSLR cameras create stunning photos. Even better, they double up as a video camera with an expensive lens.
That means your photos, once you figure out what all the dials, knobs, and buttons do, should look better than ever.
If you’ve been waiting long for National Geographic to call, and they won’t return your calls, maybe you need an app to enhance those photos.
Let’s assume that you mortgaged your home to buy that new DSLR and you have more month left over at the end of your money. You need free, and you need it now.
Photo Effects Lite is a free app with a bunch of cheesy effects.
Well, it’s easy to use, but I checked and National Geographic doesn’t have a single photo with similar effects.
At the other end of the scale (on a scale of Free to Sell Something) is CameraBag 2, an engaging, elegant app with a package of photo enhancements any photographer on a budget would like.
Built in are over 100 styles and filters, a couple of dozen editors, and simple controls.
One of my favorites falls into the middle ground of price tags. Funtastic Photos has a value proposition built in to the name.
It’s fun photos to the rescue with 40 photo effects, 100 one click styles, photo cubes, mosaics, a card maker, and enough controls to make the Affordable Health Care Act seem simple.
Here’s the sleeper app you’ve always wanted but were afraid to try. LiveQuartz costs $1.99 and comes with a dozen of the basic, built-in Mac image enhancing tools. There’s layers, brush, duplication, erase, gradients, a magnifying glass, and more.
Not as much fun but half the price is ColorWash, which washes out the color of a photo, then lets you drop in color wherever you want. It’s the artsy craftsy photo effect of 2012.
Finally, and because you deserve something free at the end of all this, there’s PhotoStickies. It’s what the name implies. Your photos floating around on your Mac’s Desktop.
Never mind that the photos are obscured by all the apps and their open windows. Hey, it’s free. Photos float. What’s that worth?
Built-in to PhotoStickies is an option to view webcam images, and even update them. Graphic gurus and photographer wannabes might like PhotoStickies because photos can be propped up and float as a reference.
Or, you could use it as a nanny cam. It’s the kind of app you don’t know you need until you use it. I’m just spilling the beans to tell you ahead of using it that you need it.
** (fun and profit not included)