There’s some basic bath involved in the Mac ecosphere. As the Mac grows in popularity, more Macs are sold to ever more users, and the number of Mac apps increases. Photography is one of the more popular categories on the Mac App Store with dozens and dozens of apps.
Today’s Mac user can choose from a multitude of photo enhancement applications that range from Photoshop and Lightroom at the high end (where you pay a monthly subscription forever) to mid-range apps like newcomer Affinity Photo or Pixelmator to point-and-click filter and effects apps which do only one thing. Here’s an app that’s in between.
It Makes Sense
This weekend I tested Photo Sense on my Mac. In the case of Pixelmator, the Mac app made it to the iPhone. In the case of Photo Sense, an iPhone app made it to the Mac, but brought along the same photo enhancement tools and a few extras.
Photo Sense does much of what you’d expect a Mac photo enhancement app to do, partially because Apple includes so many tools under the hood in OS X, and partly because iPhone users may want more features and a larger screen size to improve photos, and an option to enhance photos by the batch.
This is one of those Mac apps that does not get rave reviews, but still needs to be tried because it is packed with so many features that photographers will appreciate. Here’s a Before and After.
Here’s another sample, this time with creative effects.
That’s all well and good but dozens of Mac apps have similar functionality. How do you get there from here?
Photo Sense couldn’t be much easier to use. Put the photos you want to enhance into a folder and open the folder in Photo Sense. The Toolbar is mostly self explanatory; almost simplistic, and a bit Fisher Price-esque in nature.
Photo Sense doesn’t blaze any new trail in photo enhancement, but it makes a number of filters and effects easy to apply. For example, you’ll see controls for color, contrast, and exposure adjustments. Photos can be sharpened and noise removed.
Click on the Image Effects button (color palette) to view a long list of presets, with granular controls for each. The Image Processing button provides additional adjustments for a single photo or the whole batch. And, of course, photos can be cropped, flipped, and filters and effects mixed as needed.
Adjustments are non-destructive, but I found it best to work with duplicates of originals. There’s also a free Lite version with limited functionality for the Mac, and, as expected, an iOS version which works better on iPad than iPhone (there’s no substitute for screen real estate, right?).
Photo Sense makes a good choice if you find photo enhancement apps for the Mac to be cumbersome to use or have a difficult learning curve. This app is neither. The latest version has custom presets, copyable settings, more effects and manual adjustments, sharing options (and exports to Photos and Lightroom) and that makes it more worthy than previous versions, and worth a look (there’s also a try-before-you-buy option).