New Ap­ple Pho­tos app makes it eas­ier to or­ga­nize, fix, edit pho­tos


If you’re like most peo­ple, those hun­dreds of pho­tos you took on va­ca­tion are still on your cam­era or phone. You shared a hand­ful on Face­book or Instagram, and tell your­self that you’ll sift through the oth­ers — one day.

Pro­cras­ti­nate no more. Ap­ple’s new Pho­tos app for Mac com­put­ers, avail­able Wed­nes­day as a free soft­ware up­date, makes it easy to or­ga­nize and edit your pic­tures. The app, which re­places iPhoto, bun­dles pro­fes­sional-level tools such as gran­u­lar color cor­rec­tion into one free con­sumer pack­age.

Like other free apps such as Google’s Pi­casa, Pho­tos is good for auto- en­hanc­ing, crop­ping and other ba­sic touches such as light­en­ing un­der­ex­posed shots. But it goes fur­ther by also in­clud­ing some of the ad­vanced fine- tun­ing you’d find in a tool like Adobe Light­room, which costs US$ 149.

Bet­ter-look­ing Shots

If you al­ready use Pho­tos on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see many similarities. Images are or­ga­nized au­to­mat­i­cally, partly us­ing lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion em­bed­ded in the pic­tures. You can also view pho­tos on a map. The Mac’s app goes fur­ther in us­ing face- de­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy to group pho­tos by the peo­ple in them.

Click on any photo to begin edit­ing. The En­hance but­ton alone will im­prove many shots. The Ad­just tool en­hances light­ing, color and other at­tributes separately. Each at­tribute has an auto but­ton along with a slider you can ad­just. Click an ar­row to un­veil the ad­vanced con­trols.

I like to ad­just some­thing called white bal­ance to com­pen­sate for, say, the yel­low­ish glow of in­door light­ing. Cam­eras do this au­to­mat­i­cally, but not al­ways cor­rectly. In pic­tures taken on a re­cent trip, a friend’s baby looked too blue, and a wa­ter­fall looked too yel­low. Pho­tos fixed those quickly, just by hit­ting “auto.” Light­room usu­ally re­quires more steps to cor­rect sim­i­lar is­sues.

Pho­tos has a lot of crop­ping op­tions, though my fa­vorite is the auto but­ton. It straight­ens pho­tos based on the hori­zon, among other fea­tures. My only com­plaint is it takes a few ex­tra steps to make sure the cropped im­age re­tains the orig­i­nal’s di­men­sions. I hope a fu­ture up­date will let me set that as the de­fault.

Sync­ing De­vices

With a new iCloud Photo Li­brary on­line-stor­age ser­vice, all your mo­bile pho­tos will sync to the Mac app, along with your iPhoto al­bums. You can im­port ad­di­tional pho­tos, in­clud­ing those in cam­eras’ pro­pri­etary RAW for­mats, which many pros pre­fer us­ing. All images are stored on­line in high res­o­lu­tion, whether they were taken on an iPhone or im­ported from an­other cam­era. Your en­tire li­brary is then ac­ces­si­ble on all your de­vices, and any ed­its you make will sync.

By stor­ing full- res­o­lu­tion images on­line, Pho­tos can free up space on your Mac or mo­bile de­vice by sub­sti­tut­ing a low­erqual­ity ver­sion. You can still get the orig­i­nal when­ever you need it, but it’s not tak­ing up room if you don’t. Pho­tos fig­ures all that out for you and takes into ac­count how much space you have.

Any photo you delete dis­ap­pears from all your de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously, but don’t fear, you have about a month to re­trieve it from the cloud.

How to Get the App

Check the Mac’s App Store for ver­sion 10.10.3 of the Mac sys­tem. Turn on iCloud Photo Li­brary on your Mac and mo­bile de­vices when you see the prompts. You may need to buy more iCloud stor­age through Ap­ple, as the 5 free gi­ga­bytes only trans­lates to roughly 3,000 iPhone pho­tos, not to men­tion video or larger files from stand-alone cam­eras. with autism from the la­bor mar­ket are the very traits that make them valu­able em­ploy­ees a Spe­cial­is­terne, such as at­ten­tion to de­tail, zero tol­er­ance for er­rors and a per­sis­tence to get the job done,” ac­cord­ing to the group’s web­site.

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(Top) This screen­shot shows pic­ture ad­just­ment tools, at right, within Ap­ple’s new Pho­tos app for Mac com­put­ers. (Above) This screen­shot shows the “mo­ments view” within Ap­ple’s new Pho­tos app for Mac com­put­ers.

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