LensFlare Studio is a new Mac application with origins in iOS. Specifically, the US$0.99 LensFlare app from Brainfever Media. Typically, we see apps go the other way, from the Mac OS X platform to iOS. This time, the result is an interesting app with much more power.
LensFlare Studio ($19.99) is an impressive way to add flares and other optical effects to your images, or start with a blank slate and create interesting lighting effects. Pro applications like Photoshop have a variety of flare effects, but nothing like the effects included with LensFlare Studio.
I found I could enhance some sunset or dawn photos, or add some out-of-frame lighting to images I took in Antelope Canyon in Utah. Like any photo effect, it can be overdone, but I found the ability to control the intensity of the effects made for an enhanced image. You'll find before and after examples in the gallery below.