The real cost of photography, at least for the pros, nowadays includes the price you pay for the photo-editing and enhancement software tools in addition to the hefty prices of camera body, lens and accessories.
Even the best and the multi-awarded photographers sometimes slip and commit the slightest error when holding their camera and shooting a subject. In this case, photo-editing software comes to their rescue.
For photographers who use Mac computers, https://macphun.com/ offers easy-to-use features that can transform your photos into stunning images in just a matter of seconds to minutes. Otherwise, Apple would not have recognized the software as the “Best of the Year” photo-editing app for four consecutive years now.
One of the core features Macphun prides itself in is the Noiseless tool, premium software that virtually eliminates the thick mask of imperceptible specks called noise from your photo. Noise appears in photos taken especially at nighttime or in low-lit areas. Image noise is caused by a variation in color information due to the lack of light.
The camera sensor produces electronic noise when it is unable to detect the accurate color and details in a particular portion of the scene being captured. That is so because the camera sensor is only as good as the amount of light available from the surroundings, no matter how high-end the camera you use.
Image noise can also come up in your photo if your camera ISO is set to its highest level, typically in the range of ISO 32000 to ISO 64000. ISO indicates the light sensitivity of the camera. The higher the ISO number, the more sensitive is the sensor to light, thus an extremely noisy image. That is so because the sensor no longer perceives the exact details of the scene being taken due to an overwhelming light sensitivity.
As a freelance photographer, I myself work to remedy the noise problem by decreasing the shutter speed or by widening the aperture opening (bringing down the aperture value denoted by f/x) to let more light in during capture. Likewise, a noise reduction tool is of great help. For example, Noiseless tries to remove, if not reduce, the noise from your photo in a snap. From my experience with other photo-editing tools, the aftermath of noise reduction usually frustrates me because of the toll it takes on the image sharpness. I hope Macphun’s Noiseless is able to address this dilemma once and for all.
Macphun also comes with a lot more features for creative purposes. Called Creative Kit, this product packs six photography apps that enhance the saturation of your photo with the Intensify app and tone of your image with Tonality.
Intensify is designed to bring out the best color possible from your capture, turning your photo into what you desire it to look like. It really depends on your taste. Tonality works around the tone curve of your image, adjusting the shadows and highlights to further enhance contrast.
There is also an app included in the kit that adds various effects to your image. Using the FX Photo Studio tool, you can pick various styles and looks for your image. Customize your image with the Warm, Rainbow, Pencil and Ancient styles. These are presets, meaning you don’t have to do anything with them. You just have to click on your best pick and the app does the job for you.
The Focus tool works to isolate a particular subject or portion of your photo from the background. It produces a bokeh effect in that the rest of the image is blurred out while the subject remains in focus.
Finally, if you are into landscape photography like me, Aurora HDR is the tool for you. The app basically works to increase the dynamic range of your image, meaning the exposure is adjusted to neutralize overexposures and underexposures in the photo. To do so, three photos that are normally exposed, underexposed and overexposed are blended into a single frame to produce a high dynamic range picture.
Macphun and other photo-editing apps can help to elevate the level of your photography. But at the end of the day, it is your photographic skills that will define what kind of photographer you are.