The digital generation is wreaking havoc on my iPhoto collection. It’s growing. Growing by the thousands each year. And it’s not just the taking of more photos which causes my photo collection to grow. Every photo that gets enhanced with new effects and filters causes a doubling or tripling of that photo. Here’s why.
I lay the blame squarely upon clever Mac app developers who create useful, inexpensive, feature-laden photo enhancement apps. A good example is Fhotoroom X for the Mac. For just a few dollars, or about the price of a combo meal at McDonald’s, you get an app that comes with a gazillion photo tools– filters, effects, and much more– to improve almost any standard photo file format (BMP, PNG, TIF, JPG, JPEG, GIF, TGA) as well as camera RAW support (ARW, CR2, CRW, DNG, EXR, MRW, NEF, ORF, PEF, RAF, RW2, SGI).
Filer and effects are straightforward to implement and include numerical slider bars to adjust each control.
Fhotoroom has exposure controls for highlights and shadows, white and black point, gamma, and the standard sharpen, contrast, and brightness, but also brings color correction controls for vibrance, temperature, tint and contrast, plus saturation.
There’s also a built-in HDR filter which enhances shadows and highlights. Yes, there’s more, including a lens correction control for distortion, rotation, chromatic aberration, and perspective.
See what I mean? Filters and effects by the dozens, each of which is simple to adjust, and results are displayed almost instantly.
Any Mac photo enhancement app worth more than a few dollars needs presets so you don’t have to go into perpetual trial and error mode just to improve a photo.
So, Fphotoroom X has dozens of presets which also include the history of each, grouped into Film, Undertones, Duotones, Lomo, and Color categories. The list of custom adjustable styles is extensive.
- Classic Pro,
- Velvia X,
That will keep you busy for awhile. Any misgivings or caveats? Yes. There’s no trial version for the Mac. Fhotoroom for iPhone is free, but has four in-app purchase options to complete the filters and effects collection, so, for a change, the iOS version actually costs a bit more than the Mac version.
Still, if what you want is a growing collection of tools to apply to your photos, including many presets, Fhotoroom X for Mac is a good buy, but it’s a dollar or two beyond my personal threshold for throwaway money (without a trial version).