One of the problems in the point-and-shoot generation of cameras and photos is the loss of detail in the image. There’s just so much that can be squeezed out of smartphone camera these days, but here’s an app for your Mac that actually works some magic to pull out more details than you think even exist in the photo.
The app is called Intensify and it comes with a few built-in modes to bring more details out of a photo; more clarity and intensity, if you will. Highlights, mid-tones, and shadows can be adjusted by these tools– Apply Pro Contrast, Detail, Micro Sharpness, and Structure. Most photos can be improved instantly with the many built-in presets. Here’s a before and after photo.
Notice how the details in the After image are clarified and sharpened, even when pulled from shadows and typically dark areas in the Before image.
Here’s another example.
Getting results similar to the above isn’t difficult, though trial and error is your friend.
Start with the presets, and make adjustments as needed using the slider tools (with numeric capability). Each of the four basic modes can be used individually or in concert to bring out and sharpen details in most photos. Images and effects can also be stacked into layers and Intensify also features a number of custom tools (brushes) to make specific, fine-tune adjustments.
Intensify’s user interface could not be much easier, especially with the presets, but if you’re into controls, the slider bars and settings for each element– Contrast, Structure, Details, Sharpness, et al– provide as much granular settings as you’ll need.
I don’t know of an easier, faster way to take photos which don’t have enough visible light or detail and give them instant improvements without adding noise or artifacts. Colors will appear richer and deeper, and photos will appear to have more detail than the original. Levels for everything can be adjusted; shadows, highlights, midtowns, etc. Intensify works on RAW images, too, and features 16-bit image processing, and already works on OS X Mavericks. And, yes, you can share on Facebook and Twitter.
Caveats? Not really, but the Pro version costs a bit more money, works standalone, and as a plugin to Photos, Photoshop, and Lightroom (and handles PSD files). Intensify is also part of the developer’s Creative Kit suite which combines six speciality apps for photographers in a single bundle (available late next week; October 15th).