There was a time when I feared for the future. The future of digital storage. Hard disk drives were once very expensive on a per megabyte basis. In the not to distant past many Mac users actually compressed files to save space. These days, in the era of inexpensive mass storage, we just don’t bother to throw anything away. Especially digital photos.
Why? Because all it takes is a handy dandy A #1 Triple Distilled photo app on your Mac, and ordinary photos– the kind you might be tempted to delete– can be transformed into works of art. The Shine app makes it pretty simple in eight ways.
Shine’s claim to fame is the ability to enhance plain old vanilla photos by adding tinting and lens flares to bring out a more realistic look. At least, it’s more realistic than boring.
Shine comes with elegant tools to add light rays into specific locations on a photo, including angles, to catch just the right time of day. Lens flares are what we’d rather not have in a camera, but lens flares in a photo can add a dramatic and realistic effect.
One easy way to dress up a plain photo is to add custom tinting, which Shine makes easy with colors and slider bars (or numeric adjustments).
Photos can, of course, be cropped, rotated, and even compared with the original.
Shine’s controls are advanced enough for precision settings, yet simple enough for a casual photographer to use to create a more artistic look to an ordinary photo.
Photos can be saved as a document and edited again. That makes it easy to try specific effects– a different light source, dynamic contrast, a glow effect, or a light fall off (vignette effect)– and try something else later.
Shine operates on the Mac in Fullscreen mode, and it’s Retina ready so photos will be at their sharpest. And, yes, it’s a social app, which means you can send a completed artistic masterpiece via email, upload to Facebook or Flickr or post on Twitter.
I have a few dozen Mac photo enhancement apps but this is one of the few that totally transforms the mundane into artistry. It’s well done and a good option in your photo enhancement tool bag.