So, here’s a little test and a recommendation. If you could have only one affordable photo enhancement app on your Mac (besides iPhoto), what would it be? Photoshop doesn’t count because, hey, is $700 really affordable? Here’s what you will enjoy using on your photos.
CameraBag Is In The Bag
My Mac has at least a dozen of these inexpensive photo enhancement apps. Some adjust color. A few add frames. Others add non-destructive filters and effects.
So, if I had to choose just one of those I would go with CameraBag. This one costs a bit more, but also does more than a dozen of the 99-cent photo apps.
Right off the bat you get over 100 styles and filters to use as presets, or simply create your own (and share with others using CameraBag).
There are 25 built-in photo tools with controls to add unlimited photo processing configurations. CameraBag uses layers to add styles, adjustments, filters, and effects (all of which are point and click).
Take a look at how CameraBag looks on the Mac.
Tools are accessed from the right sidebar and tabs. Controls are granular and usable with a click.
CameraBag generates thumbnails of your image with specific filters, effects, and styles already generated.
You also get a side-by-side view of the original vs. the enhanced photos. Slider controls are smooth and precise.
However, the tools take plenty of trial and error to master as there are innumerable configuration options. Of course, the original photo is maintained as all the enhancements are non-destructive.
CameraBag has a custom image processing engine which can handle 32-bits-per-channel, and is multi-threaded to process complex, multi-layered photos almost instantly.
My camera saves images in both JPG and RAW, and the CameraBag filters take advantage of the extra color information in RAW photos to create enhancements that look almost like film.
Color profiles would make a nice addition to CameraBag because sometimes photos look different when moved back to iPhoto than in CameraBag. If you’d rather not buy a dozen photo effects or filters apps, CameraBag gets you a little more bang for the buck.