40+ Amazing Mac Apps for Photographers

March 5, 2012 · 5 comments

by Sonny M. Day

mac apps for photography

If you are running on mac, you can find a lot of apps all over the web. There are many Mac apps for photography available for download now but finding the good ones is not easy. You have to sort them from the rest which are not good based on your requirements.

Thus, we come up with a list of amazing mac apps that you can use to enhance your digital images. This is to narrow down the list from which you choose the best apps you need for your photography. For those who are looking for nice mac apps without spending a buck, you can get the free items here. If you are a more serious photographer on the other hand, and you don’t mind taking a cheaper option, you can get premium mac apps here for as low as $0.99. Others of course, cost more than that, but that depends on their features and capabilities. You just have to visit their websites to learn more about them. Either way we believe that these apps have cool and great features ready to meet your photo editing, sharing and photo organizational needs. Enjoy!

Photo editing Mac Apps

1. Snapheal

snapheal
It’s a snap to fix bad pictures with Snapheal. You will be able to erase unwanted objects, fix skin imperfections and more in a matter of clicks and seconds. This app does magic.

2. Pixelmator

pixelmator
Pixelmator is an inspiring, easy-to-use, beautifully designed image editor built to help you create stunning new images and edit your existing photos. Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance photos, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects and just have fun with your pictures.

3. PhotoSketcher

PhotoSketcher
PhotoSketcher is a delightful app to effortlessly turn your digital photo into an artistic pencil sketch. Just drag and drop your photo on to PhotoSketcher window and be amazed by the magical result. 

4. Ensoul

Ensoul
Meet your iPhone’s new stylist equipped with an amazing set of graphic tools and effects! Sleek design, friendly user interface and great functionality will help you create stunning Wallpapers and Contact Photos with ease. Use your Mac to style your iPhone like you never did before! 

5. FX Photo Studio Pro

FX-Photo-Studio-Pro
FX Photo Studio PRO has everything you need to make photography one of a kind – loads of high quality photo effects, pro tools to edit images, selective masking, variety of import/export tools and more.

6. Old Booth

Old-Booth
Back to the past with OldBooth. Over 100 fun masks to play with. Have you ever wondered what you’d have looked like in another era? How about your friends? Be a lady from 20s or a funky hairy hippie. Now you can turn into in the fastest way ever. 

7. Plastic Bullet

Plastic-Bullet
Plastic Bullet puts the fun, spontaneity, and surprise of plastic-fantastic toy cameras on your Mac. Just load a photo to turn your images into gloriously unpredictable works of art, then click again to change the look. Its beautiful results include organic colors, vignettes, blurs, glows and light leaks. Instant, spontaneous and surprising, just like your own photography.

8. Panogaea

Panogaea
Panogaea is a unique application for remapping and manipulating previously stitched panoramic images in ways that no other software can.By leveraging the computational power of your graphics card Panogaea enables realtime manipulation of large panoramic images. Panogaea takes your spherical panoramas to the next level by letting you cascade an arbitrary number of distortion mappings together and see the results in realtime as you vary their parameters.

9. Plastic Surgery Simulator

Plastic-Surgery-Simulator
This is a simple but powerful photo distortion App. You can use it to simulate realistic plastic surgeries, improve your appearance on social networks, or have fun warping people. All you need to do is drag, grow or shrink the body parts you want distorted. Find out how you would look like with a different nose, chin, breast, buttock, less weight, etc.

10. Flare

Flare
Effortlessly add effects and textures to your photos. Choose from a variety of Flare’s built-in Presets or create your own using dozens of individual photographic effects. Easy to learn for casual hobbyists, Flare also has the flexibility professional photographers need. 

11. ShockMyPic

ShockmyPic
ShockMyPic enhances your images by applying a Van Gogh-like painting filter. ShockMyPic should not be the only image processing app, only one step in your workflow.

12. App iSpeedFocus

AppiSpeedFocus
With HighSpeedFocus you put your subject in Focus while giving different kind of speed blur effects.

13. iPlasticity

iPlasticity
With iPlasticity you squeeze, smear, wrap, twist, pinch, distort, expand, liquify your photos anyway you like, no limits! The power of iPlasticity is in its virtual brush technology, that lets you distort and warp at the same speed pictures of any size.

14. Bracketeer HDR

Bracketeer-HDR
Bracketeer is a serious photo processing utility for serious photographers. It takes multiple exposures of a scene (bracketed exposures) and merges them together to form a uniformly lit image. It is similar to tonemapping with an HDR image, but there is no ghosting, and the result look much more natural. 

15. ReVitalize

ReVitalize
Turn your ordinary looking photos into instant eye catching images with great deal of customization. ReVitalize will recover the full potential of your photos and make the images look vibrant, dynamic, with enhanced colors and light. It almost work like a magic – it can recover details and reveal new textures. You can go anywhere from natural looking vivid images to grunge art. With Revitalize you can easily create HDR style without all the fuzz of taking multiple exposures. All you need is a single image, drop it to ReVitalize and the result is as close to the HDR tone mapping as possible.

16. Focus

Focus
Create lens blur and “tilt & shift” effects on a photo by choosing subjects to be in focus and let the app do the blurring. Preview your results immediately with sophisticated LiveBLUR algo which ensures that your photo will look exactly like the one you can make with a professional lense and pro-level skills.

17. Dreamy Days

Dreamy-Days
Dreamy Days is a little app that quickly adds a layer of dreamy haze on top of your photo, turning a sweet shot into a dreamy moment!

18. ColorWash

Colorwash
ColorWash helps you add drama to your photos. Convert part of your pictures to grayscale while using the fill tool to colorize only the elements that you want to stand out. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s ColorWash.

19. Aperture

aperture
Aperture is designed for iPhoto users who want to get more out of their photos. It includes powerful tools for refining images, showcasing your work, and managing massive libraries on your Mac. Enhanced Faces and Places provide new ways to organize images. Nondestructive brushes with built-in edge detection make precision retouching of photographs intuitive and fast. Choose from dozens of built-in adjustment presets, or create your own to give your photos a custom look. Advanced slideshows support HD video and give you complete control over text, transitions, and timing. And stunning full-screen views let you use every inch of your Mac display to navigate and browse your entire library.

20. Great Photo Pro

Great-Photo-Pro
Perfectly produce amazing photos with the one tool that gives you all you need! Class leading tools, from the brilliant Editing and FX Effects, photo-realistic HDR, DSLR Depth-of-field Effect, Automatic Image Enhancement, Color Splash, Collage, comprehensive image editing tools, rotate, corp, paris comparison etc to name just some of the features. Wrapping it all up is the most addictive user experience you’ve ever had making great images.

21. Color Splash Studio

ColorSplash-Studio
Color Splash Studio is the most powerful, comprehensive & intuitive application to help you create amazing photography with selective colors!

22. Instant

Instant
Instant brings the fun of Polaroid instant camera to your desktop. “Re-shoot” your digital photo with Instant, wait for it to “dry” and be delighted by the vintage look with the classic Polaroid border.

23. Snapseed

Snapseed
Snapseed for Mac OS is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day! It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun high-quality photo experience right on the desktop. Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software!

24. ACDSee Photo Flash – Free

ACDSee-Photoflash
Dramatically improve lighting and contrast in your JPEG photos using patented Lighting and Contrast Enhancement (LCE) technology from ACD Systems International. LCE calculates and adjusts your photos automatically so you don’t have to worry about losing good shots to poor lighting conditions. 

25. HDRtist – Free

HDRtist
HDRtist creates genuine HDR photos and tone maps them in a single step. An intuitive design makes it simple to choose from our 4 different tone mapping techniques. Even if you’re not into HDR photography, HDRtist is a great tool to have for dramatizing dull photos, livening dark photos and boosting sunsets! We’ve included some HDR tutorials to help you get started with the amazing world of HDR photography.

26. Light Master

Lightmaster
Light Master gives you the easiest and fastest way to create the best HDR effect photos from just a single image. No need for multiple exposure shots or raw files, just one single JPG image is enough to create gorgeous HDR effect photos (The application also supports PNG, Tiff, and other popular image formats).

Mac Apps for Photo Organization and Sharing

27. Sofortbild – Free

Sofobild
Sofortbild is a native Mac OS X application for tethered shooting. The software allows you to control any Nikon D3S, D3X, D3, D700, D300S, D300, D200, D7000, D90, D80, D60, D40X, D40, D5100 and D5000 remotely from your Mac via USB or through wired or wireless LAN using a wireless transmitter (on selected models). Sofortbild transfers all captured images instantly to your hard disk for review in full resolution and quality and further image processing. Requirements:

28. MovingPhotos3D

moving-3d-photos
MovingPhotos3D is a visualization that lets you see your photo library in a new way. It sends your photos flying around the screen in three dimensions. You can see hundreds of pictures form different shapes. It really needs to be seen in action, so check out the video and free trial on my website.

29. iPhoto

iphoto
iPhoto ’11 gets a new look with stunning full-screen views for Events, Faces, Places, and Albums that let you take advantage of every inch of your Mac display. iPhoto also offers new ways to share and showcase your photos. You can upload your photos to your Facebook Wall and even view friends‘ comments right in iPhoto. Turn your email into something really special with ten Apple-designed photo mail templates. iPhoto ’11 works with iCloud, so the photos you take on your iOS devices automatically appear in iPhoto, and photos you import into iPhoto automatically appear on your iOS devices. 

30. PhotoSync – Free

Photosync
PhotoSync will transform your photo handling forever. It‘s the first app that makes wireless transfer of your photos/videos from/to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad – a breeze. You will never want to use a cable again. 

31. LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper
LittleSnapper is built to be the designer’s digital scrapbook, allowing creatives to snap, organise, edit and share screenshots and webpages that interest them. From the comprehensive capture tools for the desktop and web, the powerful organisation options to curate your library, and the vector-based non-destructive annotations through to the Ember Flickr and SFTP sharing, LittleSnapper has all the tools a designer needs to cultivate their own design library.

32. Wallpaper Wizard Lite – Free

Wallpaper-Wizard-Lite
Wallpaper Wizard Lite is a wallpaper changer with the access to a limited set of 100 high resolution wallpapers. Check out full version – it comes with the unlimited access to the private collection of 100,000 hand-picked wallpapers! 

33. TurboCollage – Free

TurboCollage
Create stunning picture collages on your Mac. Setup a collage with a prominent center picture, arrange pictures in a regular grid, or create a random picture pile. Tie fond memories together into gorgeous picture mosaics. With an intuitive interface, TurboCollage gives you complete control over your collage design.

34. Photo Album – Free

Photo-Album
Publish your albums on albm.com and all of your friends will see them on their Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone. Enjoy a magnificent view of a realistic photo album and share it with your friends.

35. RemoteSnap – Free

Remotesnap
Automagically receive photos taken on your iPhone or iPod touch on your Mac. This App needs “RemoteSnap” or “RemoteSnap Free” installed on your iPhone. Photos taken in these apps are automatically sent to your Mac on your local network.

36. PhotoStickies – Free

Photostickies
PhotoStickies gives you unique access to your favorite pictures. Use PhotoStickies to put all your favorite pictures on your desktop in the form of floating (even borderless) stickies. You may pull pictures for these stickies from your hard drive, or the Internet. PhotoStickies also displays webcam images live on your desktop, updating them automatically. You can even use PhotoStickies to record web cams for later viewing, or make a web cam your desktop picture.

37. TilePhotos – Free

TilePhotos
TilePhotos is a very simple app that creates an array of sub-images of a given image, creating tiles from it. The tiling of a given image is determined by specifying the number of row and column subdivisions. Record these values in the Preferences window of the application. Drop a file (or folder of images) onto the application icon in the Finder, or its main window to tile it. You will be prompted for a destination for the generated tiles. Each generated tile image will have a custom icon added to it, and it will be named after the original photo with the row and column index appended.

38. MemoryCloud – Free

MemoryCloud
MemoryCloud stores your favorite photos and videos for you, allowing you to reclaim precious hard drive space. Here’s how it works: photos and videos occupy a lot of space on your Mac. With MemoryCloud, you just drag and drop these files to store them on the cloud; drag and drop again to retrieve. Smaller versions of the originals are kept on your hard drive so you can still view a favorite photo any time you want.

39. PhotoSweeper

Photosweeper
PhotoSweeper helps quickly and efficiently eliminate similar or duplicate photos. Photos are compared regardless of their sizes or formats and grouped by similarity. It works with photos from iPhoto and Aperture libraries as well as photos from your Mac.

40. Blinq – Free

Blinq
With Blinq, it is just as easy to access, share, print or manage your photos as it is to take them, even when you are on the go! Now you can instantly share, edit and manage all your photos from anywhere without uploading or syncing. For the first time, you can create and print photo books from your iPad, even if your photos are stored on your home computer.

41. Impression

Impression
Impression is a cool watermark app for Mac. It features, automatically add high-quality watermarks to your photos without altering the original photos. Also, watermarks can be dragged to the location of your choice and can easily be resized. You can also adjust opacity, color, font and angle.

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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deborah4923 October 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

I just installed Instant on my iMac and all it does is print out a picture with whatever finish it wants to. Supposedly this app has 30 different finishes. Don’t I get any say in which one to use? I watched the little info vid but it seems to work a lot different for an iPad than an iMac. Or so it seems. I am not a geek and would appreciate any help I can get! Thanks very much.

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Martin Young July 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

Help. I’m searching for software that will allow me to remove unwanted space within a photo, for example, two dancers on a stage that I’d like to bring closer by cutting out the distance between them.

Once, I had a software that did exctly this, but, voila, it disapeared from my Mac and from my memory–i.e. that space between my eats.

I’ve been attempting to use ‘Inpaint” and ‘Snapheal’ to accomplish my objective, to no avail.

Help if you can find time. All I can promise in return is gratitude!

All the best,

Martin

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Meme July 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Can’t find any or the top apps? What happen is the link broken

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John MacLean Photography March 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 should be on the list!

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Adriana diaz March 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Como lo instalo en mi ipad2?? Se puede hacer?

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