What’s in a name? It’s been a few years since I used a camera that had film. I still have two cameras that shoot film. Digital photography rules. Even today’s smart phones take photos with superb quality and all digital photos have one thing film doesn’t have. Hundreds of apps that enhance photos with filters, effects, borders, and frames.
In the digital age of photography one popular Mac photo enhancing app is called Analog. I won’t question the name, but if what you want is more than iPhoto delivers, try this Analog app (it’s really digital).
At the very basic level Analog is loaded with presets– dozens of filters, effects, and borders which can transform a boring photo into a visually attractive work of photographic art (sans the talent and experience usually required in the old days of film).
At last count Analog had 27 filters, some of which are replicas of the classic film camera look. There’s also borders, cropping, rotating, and sharing.
There are enough effects to employ that you can modify and enhance a collection of photos and never have a single photo look the same as another.
And, as expected in the social world of the 21st century, Analog comes with plenty of ways to share photos online with just a couple of clicks.
What’s sets Analog apart from other apps isn’t just the presets or filters and effects. Many of those qualities are built in to OS X anyway.
What I like about Analog is the simple way it round trips. It brings in photos from Aperture and iPhoto to be processed, then sends them– round trip– back again, so it’s simple to keep all your photos, enhanced or not, in iPhoto or Aperture.
The price tag on Analog for the Mac is more than for most comparable apps on the iPhone, but the app doesn’t care how large the photo (many iPhone photo enhancement apps have limits, or require a paid upgrade).