These days smartphones comes with excellent cameras, good for photos and HD movies. Even better, there are thousands of photo apps to enhance images, apply filters and effects, and improve a photo so it looks better than the actual image. Here’s one that’s a must-have for Mac users who love photos.
Use The Thesaurus
The word intensify has a number of meanings, best displayed by Apple’s built-in Thesaurus. Intensify: increase, step up, boost, raise, strengthen, augment, reinforce; pick up, build up, heighten, deepen, extend, expand, amplify, magnify– you get the idea.
So, if you found a Mac photo enhancement app that’s called Intensify you would be correct in assuming it does the above to photos.
At the very basic level Intensify improves photos by applying filters and effects to intensify details, sharpness, and clarity in a photo.
It comes with a bunch of presets which can do the job on almost any photo with little more than a click.
However, the included tools cover four enhancement methods that extend beyond the presets– Contrast, Structure, Detail, and Micro-Sharpness, which can make a photo pop out with added clarity.
Here’s an example of how Intensify can apply additional clarity in an otherwise mundane photo.
Here’s another example.
How do you get that kind of clarity in your photos?
Intensify works as a standalone application with a variety of photo enhancement tools which can be applied to a photo to bring out sharpness, shadows, adjust softness, highlights, and color. Even modern smartphones capture more information than is often displayed in a photo, and Intensify gives you presets and adjustments to bring out the highlights which are there, but not always visible.
Intensify Pro has more tools and can work as a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.
The only negative I’ve encountered in Intensify is the time needed for trial and error when using tools beyond the presets (which work great, by the way). The adjustable controls offer an infinite number of settings, and mastering them takes time.
Making adjustments to contrast, highlights, shadows, and learning to use a histogram does require some effort for Mac users with experience in lesser apps.
Fortunately, the app developer, who also publishes a number of other Mac photo enhancement apps, provides a trial version so you can see what you get before you pay.