VeprIT Photo Sense

img01Taking great photos can be a combination of good eye, a good camera and good post processing software. There’s not much that can be done about a good eye for a photo, although even I can sometimes get some fairly good looking snaps with a fair bit of creativity built in. The camera I use is either the iPhone (hah) or a Nikon D80 which has some good toys available for setting exposure and a slew of other things that I really don’t understand.

Then there’s the post processing software. Most people recommend PhotoShop if you can afford it, or perhaps the Gimp if free software is your thing. Both of these just about require a degree in photo image manipulation in order to achieve anything like satisfactory results. I simply don’t bother because playing with either of those packages just ruins my photos and so there’s little point.

But recently I was invited to try VeprIT Photo Sense with a view to putting a review up here. As an amateur photographer who’s trying to learn the finer manipulations I found Photo Sense was extremely easy to use. Indeed, it makes all the decisions for you. But as is the case with software that requires a human eye for validation, it doesn’t always get it right. In the examples I tried, most of them ended up not really being all that improved. Some of them were over lightened and made the people in the photos look like they were having some low blood pressure issues. In some cases the colours were just completely messed up.

Having said that, in some photos it did do quite a good job at improving the colours and even sharpening my poor focussing quality. One of the photos I played with was of a Border Collie and Photo Sense actually made a very good job of improving the photo. The Collie’s coat really shone after the post processing (and in reality it did too) whereas my photo looked dull and washed out. So clearly on some photos it can do a really good job.

It’s very easy to use, simply drag and drop the photos from either your Finder or even from iPhoto and within a few seconds Photo Sense had worked its magic and significantly improved the colours and fleshtones on the photo of my baby.

One mildly annoying oversight of the developers is the lack of support for standard OSX gestures from the Trackpad. For example, you have to click on a -+ bar in order to zoom in and pinching on the Trackpad doesn’t do anything. Three fingered swipes does move the zoomed in image around, I’m not sure whether that’s OSX making that happen or whether it’s Photo Sense. But pinching zoom would definitely seem a logical way of doing things.

If you don’t like the way Photo Sense has manipulated your photo you can adjust the processing options to some degree, but it seems to be very much a switch on or off facility rather than specifying actual changes.

img02All in all though, for someone who doesn’t want to learn all the different parts of PhotoShop and ends up making a muck up of it (such as me) it’s fair to say that Photo Sense can improve photos for you – and if it can’t then you can just leave the photo alone! It might also be accurate to say that if you use RAW images instead of JPGS (RAWs would have much more editing capacity left in them) then Photo Sense may well make a better job of them too.

For the 22 Euro price tag, Photo Sense is significantly cheaper than PhotoShop and does all the hard yards for you. If you’re an amateur photographer it’s worth a look. They provide a free demo version so you can check that it does what you want before you part with your 22 euros anyway.

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