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Apple Photos (Mac)

Updated on: 03 August, 2021

Apple originally had parallel photo editing applications, iPhoto for consumers and Aperture for professionals and hobbyists. Since stopping the development of Aperture and rebranding iPhoto to simply Photos, they have been slowly adding more features from Aperture. However, it still lacks many features expected from a professional photographer and still seems more aimed at the consumer. For example, the photo library does not include keywords, rating or tagging, and there is a complete lack of layers, so using masks or applying selective edits is not possible. However, all is not lost. Apple Photos has an intuitive user interface with a shallow learning curve. This means a higher chance that users will use more of the editing tools than with a more complex application like Adobe Lightroom or Capture One. I still use Apple Photos to manage and edit my iPhone photos with my library of well over 50,000 photos.


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Summary

Apple Photos (Mac)

A well-featured photo editor that is included on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and iCloud. For most people, the lack of more advanced editing features does not matter. However, the zero cost and intuitive user interface makes up for that.

79.8%

Criteria

Editing Tools
76.0%
RAW Editing
82.0%
Asset Management
86.0%
Speed & Performance
69.0%
Cost
86.0%

  • Free and included with iOS and MacOS devices.
  • Intuitive and user friendly interface.
  • RAW support for most popular camera models.
  • iCloud syncing ensures photos are available across all of your Apple devices.
  • Manages both your photos and videos in the single photo library.
  • No layer support, limiting the ability to use masks or selective editing.
  • Editing tools are not as comprehensive as other photo editors.
  • Can become sluggish with larger photo libraries.
  • iCloud storage can be expensive for larger libraries.
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