Color me a recovering DLSR user. My closet is full of SLRs and DSLRs that seldom see the light of day thanks to Apple’s iPhone. It isn’t so much as the iPhone is better. It’s nearly as good for the photos I take.
That brings me to photo enhancement apps for my Mac. There are more such photo helpers available on the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, but size matters. As in screen real estate— a 27-inch 5k Retina display– makes it much easier to edit and enhance photos. Here’s one of those one-trick pony photo utilities that make enhancements mere child’s play.
Point, Then Click
Alright, here’s the landscape as I see it. Apple’s Photos app, available for free to nearly every Mac user on planet earth, is decent for managing photos and applying a few minor adjustments and tweaks here and there.
Photoshop it ain’t, but even at the package level, Photoshop and Lightroom– both professional level applications which require time and training– run about $120 a year, or $600 over five years, and that’s an expense which many budget-minded Mac users forego. If that’s you, then you know about such one-trick pony utilities that cost a few bucks each and do one thing. Well.
Enter InstaNoise, an inappropriately named Mac photo enhancement app that actually de-noises photos on your Mac, rather than add noise instantly. Did I mention point and click?
There’s not much going on here. Drop in a photo and the presets do a decent job of removing noise, haze, fuzz, etc., to sharpen and enhance the photo so it looks better than the original. It’s easy.
All the controls are slider bars. You can AutoEnhance a photo, of course, and the results are, well, not that bad. But the slider bars are where the action is and you can see the results almost instantly on the Mac’s screen.
Photos that look, well, diminished in quality may be masterpieces waiting to be uncovered.
InstaNoiose gives you sliders over the noise level, sharpness, radius (which affects how noise is covered up or viewed), plus a few goodies including saturation, brightness, exposure, contraster, hue, and even gamma.
Yes, all are point and click. Point to the tool’s slider bar, click to hold and move left or right to view the adjustments.
That’s worth a few bucks, right?
There’s an option to change the photo to black and white, too. Images can be saved as JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, and even cropped to a specific size.
Yes, a few, but one big one. No trial version. My limit for blowing money on a Mac app is about $5, and this one is a few dollars more but without a trial version. App developers need to understand that apps require a trial to determine whether or not it’s worth the purchase.
In this case, the developer has plenty of apps for macOS Sierra and older versions (and Windows) but good ones require a version to try out first. Many of the website’s download links are just links to the Mac App Store. That’s just wrong.