Who doesn’t like to take photos these days? With iPhone being the world’s most used camera, and with dozens of social media outlets to display our photos, is it any wonder there are so many apps with so many effects and filters?
After all, we don’t have the expense of film, processing, and printing so we’re free to shoot as many photos as we want. They’re free. Nearly free are the effects and filters apps– Mac, iPhone, or even iPad– that help do our photos justice. But if you have dozens or hundreds of photos the work gets tedious very quickly. Unless you use this Mac app.
Batch Me, Baby!
Every now and again I run across a Mac app that does more than expected and gets better over time. That’s BatchPhoto, a Mac photo management utility which does as the name implies– photo management in batches; as in, a batch of a dozen or a hundred photos at a time.
What gets batched? A dozen effects can be applied with ease to a whole folder full of photos. But that’s child’s play. Those of us with many hundreds or thousands of photos from a shoot or a trip have needs to crop, rotate, replace colors, resize, and much more. Again, BatchPhoto equals child’s play. A very straightforward interface allows you to select many files, add layers of effects, filters, and more, then enhance the photos all at once, not one at a time.
First, grab a photo or a selection of files that need enhancements.
I start off with enhancements– filters and effects– because that’s what most of us will start with, but there’s more beyond the basic touchups.
- Auto Contrast – adjust contrast of all photos at one time
- Auto Gamma – auto adjust gamma levels
- Sharpen – useful for edge contrast
- Brightness – handles under exposed photos
- Color Balance – R, G, and B color channels
It’s just as easy to select specific effects, from Sepia to Charcoal, from Oil Painting effect to Emboss, even Solarize and Black and White. Hundreds of photos at a time.
Selections couldn’t be easier, either.
You can see where this is headed, right?
The presets make it simple to select a filter and apply it to a dozen or a hundred photos. Filters are categories, too. Annotate, Transform, Touch-up, Apply Fix, and Decorate (which has a number of useful frames for each photo). Each of the filters can be adjusted for intensity, too.
Adjustments to photos are made in real time.
While many Mac and iPhone photo apps can make photo enhancements through filters and effects, applying multiple layers of each to a batch of photos is the challenge.
BatchPhoto goes beyond the basic enhancements with a whole array of useful photo management options.
- Batch Rename – get rid of the confusing file names
- EXIF Data – preserve EXIF and IPTC tags
- Convert – change from JPG, TIFF, PNG, more
- RAW – most RAW formats are preserved
- Time-Date Stamps – imprint but not edit
- Watermarks – text and logos, plus PDFs
BatchPhoto is full of options that work well on a single photo, but wonderfully on dozens or hundreds of photos. That’s what ‘batch‘ is all about. The workflow is straightforward but there are plenty of pop up windows to keep track of while you’re learning to use the app, so, yes, there’s a bit of a learning curve but the steps are logical and straightfoward.
While the filters and basic effects are good, they’re not Photoshop, so set your expectations appropriately. But if you need quick filters, watermarks, file format conversions, there is no way to do all that faster and easier than BatchPhoto. The app has been around a few years so it’s mature and stable.