I Recently discovered a new photo editing app for Mac and PC that allows one to edit a photo without doing anything. The app doing this magic is called Photolemur. I have currently installed the latest available version 2.1.
All you have to do is import an image by either dragging the image in the Photolemur splash dialog box or clicking the import button. After that, just watch the app do it’s magic and after the wizardry is done, see the resulting image.
Photolemur will analyze the photo and apply different edits where needed depending on the values of the image (brightness, shadows, noise reduction, etc).
See the app in action:
Here is a photo I fed Photolemur and was quite impressed with the end result (though it has some flaws – explained later in the review)
The app supports many different types of images and also supports many RAW image formats.
I think Photolemur is quite good at providing a striking edit and sharp images overall but in some instances found the app to be applying too much brightness or contrast and would like a way to tone down the final result and reduce the dramatic nature of the edit. I also found that the noise reduction algorithms are not to my liking in this app. Would have also liked to have a way to zoom the result in the app to be able to see details before exporting. A native full screen toggle could also be a nice addition as currently, the app has a windowed only mode and cannot be resized at all.
Here is an example of the noise reduction issues I am having in some images: when zooming in 100 %, artifacts start appearing. I tested the same image in Picktorial and the noise reduction in that app was accurate and showed no artifacts because I could fine tune the color noise and luma noise levels to obtain the perfect balance. Because Photolemur has no sliders to fine tune, it is an all or nothing deal and that can be polarizing for someone who likes to edit their images with different values.
Recently, the development team have teased a new 2.2 update coming to the app that will add a slider to turn control the edited result. I have not yet been able to get on the beta list to try this new update out but looking forward to giving it a spin once released.
Photolemur 2.2 (code name: Spectre) Features:
- Faster image enhancement algorithm
- Slider to control the outgoing result
- Plug Photolemur into Apple Photos Extension, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
- RAW Processing (900+ cameras)
Here is the link to the new 2.2 version announcement.
The app can be purchased directly from the Photolemur website and is priced at 30$ for an individual licence and 50$ for a family licence.
Photolemur is a great app for when you want to just take an image and with no fuss obtain a pleasing final image and share it to your favourite social network. Do not expect fine tuning features in this app as the main selling point of this app is fast and easy automated editing to get you shooting more photos and not worry about the editing part. I will keep feeding RAW photos to this app and see what the results. Follow me on Instagram where I shall post Photolemur edited images from time to time.