BatchPhoto App REVIEW Taking Your Photography to the Next Level | Mac Sources9.7
Enjoy a three-step, simple to use, batch photo editor.
Perhaps the most important aspect of photography is having a camera when you need it. As smartphone technology has advanced, our ability to capture our world has increased. Many people are okay with the raw captured images but some may wish to take this further. Perhaps you want to quickly add dates to multiple photos, or perhaps you want to add a Logo to several of your images. Perhaps you want to watermark your images, or perhaps you want to batch resize/rename/reformat your images. Have you ever looked at a photograph and pensively thought “How did they do that?” I have always wanted to learn the intricacies of photography, scene layout, scope, lighting, contrast, etc. Apps like Affinity Photo or Adobe Lightroom may seem overwhelming to a novice. Without taking a class, reading books, or having a mentor, it can be difficult to improve your skills. Photography is just like any other skilled art form. How does one capture the raw data? How does one process the images? Professional photographers have their favorite apps and design studios but the amateur photographers may not have any idea where to start. BatchPhoto may be an amazing option for you. Realty images, product images, dog Grooming/Daycare images, foody art, etc. may be enhanced through BatchPhoto.
Once we have a plethora of images, the goal is to turn okay images into enhanced images. The BatchPhoto iOS App was available on the iOS App Store for $49.95 (similar to Affinity Photo). When you open the App, a small blue wizard will walk you through the easy three-step process. The first panel introduced the f1 help key, and the second panel provided a list of video presentations (Getting Started, How to Resize Photos, How to Convert Images, How to Add Date/Time, How to Watermark, How to Setup a Hot-Folder) and tutorials. I absolutely loved the video presentations. Each of the presentations provided a visual step-by-step walkthrough and made the process incredibly easy to learn. The main app displayed four clustered icons across the top of the screen (Add Photos, Edit Photos, Setup, Process), and a lonely “Help” icon toward the far right edge. Along the right side panel, you can select four options (Add Photos, Add, Remove, View) and you can see preview images along the lower right corner.
Before you can edit the images, you need to add the photos. You can drag and drop photos into the large box, you can click the “+” icon to open Finder Folders, you can select “Add Photos” along the right to recreate the above step, or you can select “Add” and add an entire folder. To test this feature, I added several photos of Stitch, my Boston Terrier. I created a folder on my desktop named “Stitch” and added eleven images. Opening the folder, I dragged the first image into the main box and a jpeg icon appeared in the main box and an image appeared in the bottom right. Clicking remove allowed me to eliminate the selected icons or all of the icons. Selecting the “Add” button, I could then navigate to “Desktop” and choose the “STITCH” folder. This added all of the images from the folder into the large box on the left.
With the images uploaded into the App, select “Edit Photos” along the top. Following the video presentations, you can “Add Filter” to Annotate, Transform, Touch-up, Apply Fx, or Decorate. Under Annotate, you can add comments, a date, watermark-Text/logo/mask. Under Transform, you can auto-rotate or crop, color replace, crop, flip, resize, resize advanced, roll, rotate or make a thumbnail. Under Touch-up, you can adjust the contrast (auto or manual), gamma, auto-level, brightness, balance, equalize, hue/saturation, levels, reduce noise, sharpen, sharpen advanced. Under Apply Fx, we were given sixteen options to adjust the image (B&W, Blur, charcoal, edge, emboss, gaussian blur, implode, negate, noise, oil pain, sepia, solarize, shade, spread, swirl, wave). Under Decorate, you can add grunge frame, picture frame, raise, shadow, shape frame, simple border, or add a vintage frame. With all of the images selected, I chose annotate and then date. You can adjust the placement, the delta X/Y, rotation, and the format of the date. I also wanted to add a watermark. I copied the MacSources logo and took a screenshot. I selected watermark-logo and then chose “Browse.” I added one of the MacSources logos to the image and found that the filters edited all of the images within the Stitch folder.
When done adding filters, select “Setup” at the top of the screen. The App will open the third panel and will let you change the destination and output format (73 different options). You can select three options along the bottom of the tab, which will allow you to set output photo date time as the original, you can choose to delete the source photo after processing and you can open the output folder when done with the processing. Once you complete the setup, select process and process the images. The app brought up a processing screen and detailed the 11 processed images, 3 graphical filters per image. It was able to detect my 8 CPU cores and completed the processing in 0.6s. Adjust the contrast/light/color and then adjust to sepia/black and white etc. Save the original and then continue to edit the original image, as you see fit.
The app proved to be intuitive and added a fun way to productively adjust images. I loved that you could choose to edit one image at a time or that you could adjust them all in bulk. I did not experience any lag, nor did I experience any errors. If you are looking for an introductory, easy-to-use software to quickly edit single or several images, this may be the perfect App for you. Once you buy the App it is yours, without a subscription. According to their site, you also can enjoy 12 months of upgrades. Let your inner photographer loose with this super simple photo editor.
Originally published at https://macsources.com on July 12, 2019.