My Favorite CameraBag of Tricks

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Camera Bag 1 on Chase Jarvis BlogHey photo friends. Erik here with a quick recommendation for an inexpensive photo editing solution.  I’ve been playing around with the CameraBag 2desktop software for the last couple months and I’m blown away at the capabilities packed into this affordable editing tool.  If you’re new to photo editing and wanna save a few bucks, or you’re like me and find inspiration in trying out new photo apps, I highly recommend you download this software. [20 sample photos by clicking the image tabs above...]

Here are my 3 favorite features:

1. Presets: CameraBag 2 is loaded with dozens of awesome presets. Scott recently wrote a blog post and then another blog post about the pros and cons of using presets. It sparked considerable debate and it was a pretty even split between the fans and the naysayers. I am a fan. Presets are a throw back to the inherent experimentation that photographers had with film and help to discover new possibilities and styles. It’s great way to take a fresh look at your photos. But, even as a fan, I believe that presets are useless without the following functions.

2. Customization: The “Style” presets are customizable via the built-in “Remix” slider. It’s fast and it’s slick. The software also comes preloaded with about 80 presets in the “Favorites” tab that, when applied to your photo, display every effect and adjustment in play at the bottom of the screen. You can tweak each effect and rearrange them to see how the order affects the final image. Infinite customization.

3. Quicklook: The Quicklook view is just plain badass. Clicking it gives you a proof-sheet view of options for styles, adjustments, borders, or favorites. Executed as a full-screen, side-by-side preview of what’s possible it is a speedy and brilliant tool to find the aesthetic you’re looking for.

That’s just a handful of notable features. Be sure to take a spin through this gallery of images atop this post that features before and after shots (from some of my bts snapshots). More questions? Checkout the CameraBag 2 website

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27 Responses to My Favorite CameraBag of Tricks

  1. Sara May 3, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    interesting, another tool to play with!

    • faisal May 4, 2012 at 5:49 am #

      Yeah, some awesome tools to play with!

  2. Mickster May 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Is this a stand alone program or can this be used as an ADOBE Photoshop CS5 /6 or Lightroom 4 plugin ?

  3. Tahir Hashmi May 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    From the blog post, it just looks like instagram for the desktop — not impressive at all. Perhaps some words about filter remixing or other features would’ve helped.

  4. James May 4, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    I’m with Tahir. This is Instagram for professionals.

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.” – George Hull

  5. Edu May 4, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Dear Chase, what do you think that is the main difference between CameraBag and softwares like Lightroom or Aperture?

  6. Jagdish May 4, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Look god – we have been trying out snapseed which is offers some similar – though CameraNag does look better

  7. Jagdish May 4, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    We have been playing with snapseed – very similar to CameraBag

  8. Paul May 4, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Is camerabag 2 compatible with iPhoto? Will I be able to edit my photos on camerabag 2 and save them back into iPhoto?
    Because, I really like the organizing features of iPhoto, and would love to start editing my photos with this new software too!!


  9. Andy m May 4, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Sometimes the original is better …. This time the original is much better. Looks like an interesting tool though.

  10. Christian May 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm #


    sorry became addicted to Photoshop and Lightroom so nothing else coming on my computer. There’re too many tools around so I settled for two. Otherwise you’ll go crazy with all those options.

    Still thanks for the review. I just personally would’t consider trying yet another piece of software. Might be interesting if this was available for iPad..

    • Clyde May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      They have Camerabag Mobile which works with your iPad…

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