Monday, 19 May 2014

Intensify gets a facelift - Review

Intensify Version 1.0.2 - Review

Introduction

My name is John Barrow and I live at the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand. Most of my working life I have been a cameraman, shooting magazine shows and documentaries for television. I'm familiar with video editing and colour grading software but until recently I have never used photo editing software.

In December 2013 my family and I moved to a very small village on a beautiful beach and I started taking photos of the area with an old DSLR camera.

 

Photo Editing

I knew enough to know that shooting a great shot was just the beginning and the basic software I had could only do so much. I tried different software but it seemed to be either too basic or too complicated. I then found Intensify Pro, a layers based app that gave me a huge amount of control of contrast, structure, details and sharpness over different tonal ranges.

Long exposure shot of the ocean
Got my boots wet getting this shot

Intensify Pro

I immediately fell in love with Intensify Pro, I didn't have any problems with learning how to use it and it worked as a plug-in to Apple Aperture. It also works with Adobe Photoshop and others but I haven't tried it with these.

I'm not a professional photographer and I don't have the best gear but I love creating images. The MacPhun photo editing products, Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus2 Pro, have make a world of difference to the look and feel of the photos I'm taking.

Photo of a seal pup resting on a rock
Seal pup resting on a rock

So what's new in this version?

Intensify Version 1.0.2 has added some really cool features, including -

Raw file support for more cameras, its native processor supports 16 bit images and it opens them fast.

Because of some of the video editing software I use is not supported in later versions I'm still using Mac OS X v 10.7.5. I've had absolutely no problems using any of the MacPhun products. For those of you who like to stay up to date, this version fully integrates with some of the powerful features from Mavericks OS.

I'm really excited about are the printing and sharing options that have been added to this version. You can now order Postcards, Gallery and Canvas Prints directly from Intensify. Just click the button and send your photos off to the MacPhun Print Lab (powered by MILK Books). Wow!

You can also export images from Intensify directly to SmugMug, one of the worlds leading photography communities. This is a great addition to the already impressive sharing capabilities of Intensify.
 
It doesn't matter if you're an amateur like me or a seasoned pro, I think you'll find Intensify will quickly become one of your favourite secret tools in your editing toolbox.

Don't take my word for it, have a look for yourself - Intensify

Happy Shooting 
John Barrow
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