For most Mac users, iPhoto is the storage and display app of choice. It’s free. It’s fast. It stores and organizes photos into events and albums. If iPhoto is lacking, it’s in the selection of photo enhancement tools, but that brings me to the App Stores (Mac or iPhone).
The quiet revolution has been Apple’s iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad, and the Mac App Store for the rest of us. Having a single place to go to select applications has bred a level of competition which has reduced prices, and increased quality.
For what amounts to minor money you can put your photos through the dozens of styles, filters, tools, and editors from CameraBag 2. It’s not that I don’t have or use other photo apps, it’s just easier to use one that does more.
Drop a photo into CameraBag, select an option or filter style, and engage in quick and easy photo enhancements.
CameraBag has over 100 built-in styles and filters, and each can be customized so you can create your own. It also features advanced curve editors and a couple of dozen other manual photographic tools.
What’s really useful is the ability to grab an effect with a click, but see what the effect looks like before applying it to a photo.
CameraBag also has vintage simulations that take crystal clear digital photos and turns them into artistic styles from the past.
I haven’t done an official count, but I’m pretty sure the number of styles and adjustments is closer to infinite than a countable number.
Enhancements are non-destructive to the original photo, and styles can be stacked and saved to reuse later. Adjust exposure, correct color, and do it with simple sliders and buttons.
I do have a complaint and it’s not about the price (nominal) or the number of enhancement options (plenty). It’s the need for trial and error. Maybe that’s because I suffer from a bit of OCD so I keep sliding and clicking until a change is just right. Then I repeat that process until well after dark. More presets might diminish the trial and error, but I suspect it’s as much my fault as anything.