Got photos? Of course you do. Whether you’re an iPhone user or Android sufferer, modern smartphones own the photo industry these days. My own Photos app is nearing 30,000 photos collected over 15 years.
What’s missing? Some artificial intelligence. You won’t find a shortage of photo enhancement applications for photos on your Mac, but the latest trend is toward applying artificial intelligence functionality to improve photos with the fewest number of clicks possible. Goodbye, Photoshop. We hardly knew ye.
The Mac’s Photos app is decent at minor tweaks and it’s built-in and easily accessible. When Photos isn’t enough, where do you turn? Photoshop is good but has a massive learning curve and you pay $10 a month for life. If photo enhancement is your game and you don’t want an ongoing expense or a learning curve, there’s Photolemur.
Does this seem easy enough?
Photolemur could not be much easier to use. It’s automatic and relies on proprietary artificial intelligence to handle a dozen different photo types to deliver a very good photo with little more than a click to the Export button.
- Natural Light Correction – keeps the appropriate warm or cool tones to best represent the time of day from the photo.
- Foliage Enhancement – I’ve always had trouble with lighting but Photolemur compensates for colors that get lost in the dark.
- Tint Perfection – Adding tint changes a photo from cool to warm but Photolemur does it automatically and the results are surprisingly good.
- JPG Fix – FWIW department, JPGs can sometime be boring, depending upon lighting, exposure, and even the camera itself. JPG photos are straightened from the blah lahs to a photo that is clean, clear, and crisp.
- RAW – Got RAW? New iPhones have it and you won’t need to find apps that do RAW. It’s built in.
There is more to Photolemur and more on the way with future updates, including an option to straighten out the horizon automatically, and perform facial retouching. You’ll also see automatic implementation from Sky Enhancement, Exposure Compensation, Smart Dehaze, and more.
What’s not to like?
There is an issue, though. Photolemur is about as automatic as a photo enhancement app can get. Standard photo editing tools are mostly non-existent so all you’ll get for each function is a simple slider bar to tweak photos to taste.
Not bad, huh?
One thing I’ve noticed too is that an iPhone 7 Plus camera is so good that even Photolemur’s automatic tweaks offer modest improvements to the original.
Here’s a photo I took of a volcano crater on Maui. Tweaking can be manual, but even the automatic adjustment improved the photo.
Photlemur isn’t a subscription photo enhancement tool like Photoshop, but it’s more expensive than some Mac photos apps. There also a free try-before-you-buy option.