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Quick Review: Camera Bag 2.0 (Beta) Editing Software

by Chris Gampat on 12/29/2011

Camera Bag is an editing software program primarily centered around the use of presets with levels of adjustment: similar to the way that many mobile phone applications like Instagram work. While Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop all have presets that allow users to get images with a cross-processed, plastic camera type of look (amongst others) not many people still know how to accomplish these look or understand color theory.

So does Camera Bag worth your time?

Intro

At the time of publishing this review, Camera Bag is still in its beta stages but offers quite a bit of versatility and excellent features that may make some users move over from Adobe Lightroom 3. Some of the main features are:

- Presets that give your photos specific looks. These presets can be layered one on top of another.

- Adjustment of each layer and filter can be set

- Fairly simple to use interface.

- Compatibility with RAW images.

- The ability to batch process your images.

Interface and Demo

Ease of Use and Quirks

The appeal to Camera Bag is the overall simplicity in its use and delivery of the interface. While I remember being intimidated by Lightroom 3 during my very first days with it, I didn’t feel so with Camera Bag. To be fair, Lightroom 3 is a much more capable software. Additionally, Lightroom 3 also organizes your images while Camera Bag doesn’t seem to do so. That means that when you re-open the program, you’ll need to re-import images that you were working on previously.

Also, you may still very well need Photoshop and Lightroom 3. For example, I can’t clone or heal certain areas of an image, such as blemishes on a face. That is a feature that the manufacturers may want to look into in order to make this program into a winner.

We will test Camera Bag more thoroughly, especially when it comes out of beta. But so far it seems very promising.

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