It’s bargain time. One issue that most iPhone users face when taking photos is low light. That’s the iPhone’s Achille’s heel. Apple helps alleviate the darkness in the Photos app, both Mac and iPhone, both of which work much the same way with simple slider controls to highlight shadows.
Light EQ is the ultimate one-trick pony photo enhancement app that works much the same way– with a slider bar– but provides a variety of enhancements, instantly, automatically.
Open Light EQ, click the Open button to open a photo (or, drag and drop), and it’s transformed immediately.
Unlike Photos for Mac or iPhone, Light EQ only has a slider bar and all the options are included and applied when the photo is opened.
If you’re looking for controls, don’t. The slider bar across the bottom of Light EQ is it, other than a few file Save As… options.
What you get instantly is a mashup of lighting and contrast adjustments which increase exposure of underexposed areas, increases contrast and vibrancy. It also corrects uneven lighting and backlit photos as well as selectively brightening darker areas and darkening lighter areas.
Here’s what Light EQ does to a somewhat dark photo pulled from the web, and the automatic setting.
Lighting, color, and sharpness are enhanced, but easily modified– from more to less and back– with the slider bar. After that, it’s just a matter of saving the file. The focus is photos, so photos are saved as .JPGs and there are no other options.
Obviously I’m partial to the Kodachrome look.
I don’t know of a Mac app which enhances photos as simply and easily as Light EQ. Others provide more controls and options, but the single slider bar makes this app the bargain of the day. Not bad for free, huh?