How do you get better photographs? The common wisdom is that all you need to improve your photos is a better camera. That’s certainly true in many cases, but it’s also possible to improve rather mundane photos on your current camera with the right Mac app.
I’ve been playing with a relatively new Mac app called Photo Sense, an image and photo enhancement app which delivers good results (improved photos) and is remarkably easy to use.
The Toolbar icons are self explanatory and options are nominal. Photo Sense is for those who don’t want to spend hours tweaking a photo to perfection. It’s a quick and simple operation to take a bland photo and give it a more vibrant look.
Though Photo Sense is fast and simple, and you can adjust settings manually for more granular control, it really shines in batch photo processing under the automatic settings. Hundreds of photos can be enhanced within minutes.
Therein lies the rub. Or, at least, the first rub (of two). Photo Sense on autopilot makes for more dynamic photos, but the results are hit and miss (and often dependent upon the quality of the original photo). Some are stunning, some are not.
The second issue I have with Photo Sense is the price tag. It’s not that the app is expensive. It’s not, especially if ease-of-use and quick results without a lot of tinkering are at the top of your requirements list.
Photo Sense is about $6 less than one of the best Mac photo and image enhancing apps money can buy– GraphicConverter— which does far, far more, including batch processing, and has features built-in which cost extra on Photo Sense.
For example, resizing and watermark functionality needs to be added to Photo Sense with extra cost add ons, making the capability nearly twice as expensive as GraphicConverter but with far less functionality.
The difference, though, is that Photo Sense is drop dead simple to use, and gives you a limited degree of manual control over settings, while GraphicConverter is more feature laden but rather complicated to learn. Fortunately, it’s try-before-you buy and if you want to avoid a stiff learning curve and just want quick results, Photo Sense works very well.
Unfortunately, the trending in price is downward, so Photo Sense, though as a Mac app is more capable than most iPhone or iPad apps, also doesn’t compete in the below $4.99 crowd common among iOS photo enhancement apps.