That’s just the family collection. For photos that require more processing, or special handling, or are worthy of online display, each of us has our favorite Mac photo management app, ranging from the defunct Aperture to Lightroom to points in between. Here are two of those points.
To Pay, Or Not To Pay
At the high end of the scale is a photo cataloging app called Emulsion which gets rave reviews from photographers because it blends photo tweaking with management and batch enhancements. Emulsion handles most popular RAW photo file formats, and comes with a few dozen Adjustment Sets which can be reused.
There’s even facial recognition and search so finding just the right photo among tens of thousands becomes child’s play (provided you tag photos first, but the face recognition is a big help). Emulsion also has a built-in EXIF data editor and changes can be applied to a batch of photos.
The user interface is a bit cluttered, somewhat reminiscent of Lightroom but that’s the price you pay for superior photo management blended with tweaking tools.
Emulsion is priced less than Apple’s price tag for Aperture, and there’s a 30-day trial. This is a case where you do get what you pay for. At the other end of the scale is a friendly and free photo management app called Imago.
In this case you get more than you pay for because there’s no price tag, yet Imago is a useful way to dig through hundreds of photos to weed out those not worthy and to keep those that are. Tools are thin so the learning curve is modest. If you need tools to tweak color or add filters, Imago is not the one.
If you want to manage photos from multiple sources on your Mac, this is a very good choice.
The advantage here is that Imago makes it easy to find photos on your Mac; from Pictures to Photos, from Documents to Downloads. The tool set makes it simple to zoom in on photos, select a photo to view information, even crop, duplicate, delete, or share with a click or two.
As photo management apps, Emulsion and Imago could not be more different; the former more for semi-pros who need batch tweaking and management, vs. the latter for those who just don’t want to use Photos or iPhoto and have a limited budget.