Digital photography in the 21st century has changed how prosumer-photographers take photos. Instead of expensive film and processing and printing, today’s digital cameras reduce the cost of a photo to almost nothing. Instead of composing a scene, taking multiple shots with different exposures, and worrying about focus, we point and shoot with auto exposure and auto focus.
For most of us, the results are certainly competitive with photos from the days of film, but one thing is different. Post photo enhancements are drop dead easy with digital photos. One of my absolute, all-time favorite Mac apps is called Snapheal. What it does is ‘heal’ photos with a click. As with many post-production photo apps, Snapheal can enhance photos and minimize imperfections such as under exposure.
Here’s an example of what Snapheal does with a click to an underexposed photo.
Admittedly, many Mac photo enhancement apps can do much the same thing. Enhancing a photo is one thing, but how about removing an object that messes up the photo?
Here’s an example.
Whoa. That’s useful. An unwanted object can easily be erased and Snapheal fills in the erase portion of the photo with a background that matches the surrounding background.
Here’s another example.
Snapheal comes with a dozen or more additional tools to help you adjust contrast, saturation, lighting and shadows, and more, but the cool function is fixing, or ‘healing’ photos.
That means it’s an excellent app to use to restore old printed photos which have been scanned to your Mac. Even portraits can be improved by removing wrinkles, pimples, scars, and anything else in a photo that detracts from the subject, including scratches, folds, and other blemishes.
There’s not much of a learning curve with Snapheal, either, though the settings give you more granular controls which can improve your efforts. Finished photos can be exported to Aperture and iPhoto, and dropped into Snapheal from either app.
Results are impressive and the developer gives you a try-before-you-buy option.