CameraBag 2 Review

CameraBag 2 is the latest desktop version of Nevercenter’s popular photo editing app for OS X. CameraBag has been around for a while, but never gained the huge following like Instagram because they did not build social network, sharing around it. They continue to improve their app with their focus fixed on editing.

App Reviewed: CameraBag 2

Category: Photo and Video

Price: $23.99

CameraBag 2 Review

CameraBag 2 is a popular Mac desktop photo app for high quality filters and vintage simulations. CameraBag 2 has a stunningly straightforward approach to layering, rearranging, and endlessly tweaking all of these effects in realtime. The 100+ fully-adjustable filters and 25+ professional controls CameraBag 2 ships with are only the beginning, forming the palette from which users create their own styles.

CameraBag 2 provides all the basic image adjustments for brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure etc. It also has a range of preset filters called Styles. Click on of these to instantly apply that effect to the current view. Thumbnails of all the available Styles show up when you click on Quicklook.

Key Features include:

  • 100+ built-in styles and filters, or create and share your own.
  • 25+ manual photographic tools including advanced curve editors.
  • State-of-the-art image processing via the all-new Analog Engine.
  • Add any look you create to the toolset as a fully-adjustable filter.
  • Quickly browse photos in a folder in your current filter with the arrow keys.
  • The Remix slider, which smoothly transitions between endless variations.
  • Batch saving.
  • RAW format and metadata support.

With CameraBag 2, you don’t have to know what look you want to get started. CameraBag 2 lets you see all the possibilities at once: old-school instant film or modern high-contrast portrait, subtle color adjustment or complete artistic overhaul. Choose from side-by-side comparisons with the fullscreen Quicklooks, or get large, instant previews on mouseover; the emphasis is on creative exploration. Once you’ve chosen a filter, its components are all in the tray to tweak and adjust non-destructively with large, interactive sliders. The Remix slider in particular brings back the “happy accidents” of analog film, smoothly transitioning between infinite natural variations for each style.

CameraBag 2 has a lot of advanced features built-in: From simple exposure and cropping to advanced vignetting, color correction, and curves. The built-in styles also now have full control over their strength and variation. Since every adjustment appears as a tile in the tray, it’s easy to see everything affecting the image at once, and rearrange tiles or edit amounts without compromising image quality. Adjustments and styles can be freely layered to create new looks, which can be saved right into the interface as new filters. Whenever a filter is loaded, the user once again has full control over all of its tiles.

At CameraBag 2’s core is the brand new Analog Engine: high-fidelity, 32 bits-per-channel, non-destructive, multi-threaded image processing. In other words, it’s fast and smooth. CameraBag 2 matches the power of high-priced software, yet it’s light on its feet and starts up instantly. Its old-school looks are particularly high tech: recreating the natural blemishes and random variations of the analog world is one of the hardest digital challenges, and that’s where we’ve devoted much of our research. Even the most heavily-modified photos retain smooth, film-like colors (especially with the extra color information in RAW files).

Conclusion:

CameraBag 2 is light weight, speedy and easy to use. It has dozens of filter options and photo adjustment functions. The only problem I see with CameraBag 2 is that it might get intimidating for a few.There are too presets and filters on offer, which could bewilder potential users with choice. Overall, still I believe that CameraBag 2 is a great fun for casual users and keen photographers alike.

[rating: 4/5]

How to Download CameraBag 2

Get it from the Mac App Store

 

is limited for serious image editing.

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