Photo edit­ing apps for Mac

Six go head-to-head in the bat­tle of the best es­sen­tial apps for pho­tog­ra­phers

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Ian Even­den

Edit­ing your pho­tos isn’t just a good way to make use of your Mac – it can be sat­is­fy­ing too. It’s the fi­nal step in a chain that be­gan when you spot­ted a photo op­por­tu­nity and raised your cam­era.

It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re shoot­ing with an iPhone, Canon G7 X or Nikon D4s, almost any im­age can be im­proved with a crop, a lit­tle tweak to the colours or the re­moval of an un­wanted ob­ject from the frame.

When choos­ing an im­age-edit­ing app, it’s a good idea to con­sider your needs rather than plump for the most ex­pen­sive or the fa­mous name. If your pri­mary cam­era is an iPhone, you don’t need a raw im­age pro­cess­ing work­flow, but you might want some­thing that works smoothly with iCloud. Any app can use a Drop­box or OneDrive folder to sync pho­tos to a mo­bile, of course, and any­one want­ing to use an iPad as a large, bright, high-res photo frame to show off their skills will be able to use any of th­ese apps.

Other pho­tog­ra­phers may want more or­gan­i­sa­tion and the abil­ity to de­code and tweak raw im­age files pro­duced by DSLRs and high-end com­pacts – th­ese are catered for, too.

The big name hang­ing over the world of im­age edit­ing is Pho­to­shop, and if you make money from pic­tures then the lat­est ver­sion of Cre­ative Cloud is go­ing to in­ter­est you. It’s only avail­able through Adobe’s still­con­tro­ver­sial rental pay­ment model, how­ever, where you pay a fixed monthly fee to use the app (cur­rently £8.78 for the pho­tog­ra­pher’s bun­dle that nets you Pho­to­shop CC and Light­room 5), but you lose ac­cess to it when you stop pay­ing.

This group test isn’t con­cerned with pro-level apps though, but with those you can pick up for less than £80 and only pay for once (one’s even free!). We’ve in­cluded iPhoto be­cause, de­spite its loom­ing ob­so­les­cence as Ap­ple gears up to launch Pho­tos for Mac, it’s an ac­com­plished app that should (but don’t quote us on that!) live on after its sup­posed death.

Th­ese aren’t all pro­level apps, but ones you can pick up for less than £80 and only pay for once








PS El­e­ments 13


Free (with mod­ern Macs)


iPhoto 9.5



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