Photolemur Spectre 2.2
My interest in photography pre-dates our photo scanning business, but 15+ years of looking at other peoples photos, slides and negatives has increased my own efforts with a camera. Of course I find myself talking to people who are keen snappers and one of the most often asked questions is “Why don’t my photos pop?”
You know what I mean, those photos we see in magazines and on the web seem to have something that we don’t get out of the camera. You know a photo that “pops” when you see it – the sky is more vivd and has more interest, the colours are lively, the shadows are as dark as you want.
I can get photos I take to pop – but it takes a lot of time and effort, not to mention specialist software. If your chosen software is Photoshop it also takes a fair bit of cash. Typically what I do is take photos (in RAW format) then load those into my editing program – at he moment Apple’s Aperture. As it takes so long to improve each image I just look at them as they come out of the camera and decide which frames are worth effort, which get relegated to my category of nothing shots.
Those I decide are worthwhile I’ll happily spend time on, minimum 15 minutes often much longer. I quite enjoy it and I normally feel the final “popped” photo is worth it. I’ve been doing this ever since I got a digital camera so I’ve invested a lot of time and frustration in getting to this point. However I just can’t edit all the pictures I take in this way, I just don’t have the time.
Enter the lemur. Photolemur Spectre 2.2 to be precise. It makes my photos pop quickly and easily.
What’s more it’s quick and easy to use. The results are brilliant. Let’s go into this a bit more.
Photolemur intelligently adjusts 12 factors. For me the key features are sky tonality, exposure, tones, white balance and contrast. If you look on the Photolemur website it explains all this in detail. I can achieve similar results but I have to do each one serially. Sometimes an early improvement needs to be revisited in the light of a later step, so you can begin to see why this takes so much time. With the lemur you simply drop your input images onto the program and let it do its stuff.
When you look at the output image you have a slider control which lets you fine tune the final image, but WOW. This program really does deliver “pop” with zero effort. Here is my own experience with the images I first rain through Photolemur.
A while back I visited Coalhouse Fort, let’s say an interesting area in Essex on the north coast of the Thames Estuary. There’s a lot of grey Thames and a lot of mud. I was happy with my late evening visit and have a couple of images I like. However I also have a lot of “nothing” shots which are flat, dull and uninspiring. I could make more of them but it would take a huge amount of time.
I just dropped those nothing photos onto Photolemur and let it do is magic. I’m very impressed with the results as I hope you can see from the screen grabs. Remember, all of this was done by the program. If you want to Export their image and adjust it further you can but I can see this achieves a degree of improvement I’d find hard to create. In both the samples you can see here there’s a detail and tones in the sky it would take a long time to achieve traditionally along with the extra interest in the stone littered foreshore.
By the way, when you look at the output image a slider appears that lets you can fine tune the results within the Photolemur app.