I have half a dozen good digital cameras; from point and shoot to DSLR with extra lenses. My camera of choice? It’s in the iPhone 5 and goes everywhere I go. What about adding enhancements, effects, and filters to photos? Going pro also means value.
Photo Studio In A Mac
Most of my photographer is still done the old fashioned way. I shoot photos and then connect to iPhoto to store, enhance, and share. The new fangled way seems limiting.
New fangled way? There must be hundreds and hundreds of iPhone apps which add filters and effects to photos.
For Mac users, it’s Photoshop or any one of a few dozen or so Mac App Store apps which do even more than iPhone apps.
My favorite bang for the buck is FX Photo Studio Pro. This inexpensive app is close to a professional level photo post-processing tool.
It features over 200 photo effects, filters, frames, and tools which render plain photos into share worthy, professional looking photos with point and click simplicity.
Controls are extensive, but not difficult to master. The toolbar across the top gives one-click options for file management, zoom, photo compare, and cropping.
Instead of trying to master the cumbersome tools in Photoshop, FX Photo Studio Pro makes adding and adjusting effects and filters more point and click (with sliders for granular controls).
FX Photo Studio Pro integrates with Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto, and Photoshop, but is less complicated than all but iPhoto.
The sliding filters and effects across the bottom of the app make it one-click easy to change a bland photo into a completely different look.
It features over 170 effects and filters, plus 40 photo frames, and other tools to enhance a photo. Effects include Lo-Fi, Grunge, Art, Vintage, Vignettes, Sketches, Hollyword FX, Glow, Process, black and white and many more.
The editing tools take some time to master because there are so many options. You can customize exposure, brightness, saturation, contrast, hue, temperature and much more.
Sharpen and reduce noise with a touch. Compare the original, unchanged photo with the edited version onscreen, side-by-side. Completed photos can be exported to iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop.
Sharing is built-in, too, and sends photos to Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter, and Mail. As noted, this is a bang-for-the-buck app, far more valuable and capable than a few dozen apps at $1.99 each.
What FX Photo Studio Pro doesn’t do is text. It’s photos only. You’re also limited to the specific filters and combinations with nominal tweaking controls, which, when used in multiples, can be an excruciating effort in trial and error. It’s not Photoshop, but it’s loaded with a bunch of useful and different effects and filters (the photo frames are sophomoric), and there’s no trial-before-you-buy version (which is crazy at this price).