Apple’s Photos app has a hidden feature for tweaking adjustments even more

“I’ve been writing about Apple’s Photos app a lot lately, because I’ve decided to master this app rather than spending my time learning how to use Photoshop and Lightroom,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “Sure, those Adobe apps are powerful, but you can do a lot with Photos, and I’d rather spend my time taking pictures than tweaking them with complicated workflows and settings.”

“When you edit photos in Apple’s Photos app, by clicking the Adjust button, you see a number of sliders. They affect things like Brightness, Exposure, Contrast, and more,” McElhearn writes. “You click and drag the central lines of those sliders to increase or decrease each of these settings from -1.00 to +1.00.”

“However, if you press the Option key, then drag a slider, the scale increases,” McElhearn writes. “You can also double-click any of the numbers that display on those sliders…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good to know for bigger adjustments. The Mac’s option key holds many hidden gems!


  1. Never trusted, never used Apple’s Photo app. Much like iTunes. Apple dumbs down this stuff so much it’s scary what might happen to it under Apple’s “care.” Never been burned trusting to my own devices. And Cap’n I like it all on manual control if you please! And don’t congeal it all into one master library file. Sheesh!

    1. Honestly, most people using this app aren’t pros and wouldn’t know what do with a smarter app, anyway, which is of course fine. That said, I also prefer full manual control, the ‘AI’ features Adobe, for example, has baked into things like Photoshop actually yield inferior results a lot of the time. And yes, file management in Photos is truly horrendous.

    1. At what stage?
      I’ve been using the Mac since the Mac 128k, but I know there are new people coming to the platform all the time. Apple’s consumer programs are written for . . . the consumer. There are plenty of more powerful options for the small percentage of the rest of us.
      Photoshop seems easy to me because I’ve been using it almost every day since 1992, but I’m sure it can be daunting for a newcomer who would never bother to use 99% of its capabilities.

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