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Mar 24, 2015 15:43 |  #1

I have been trying to find a new program to use for post processing and I'm having trouble. I have been trying to learn LR but can not get used to it, I have been using aperture. My question is; what post processor do you use, and why (even if it is LR)?


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Mar 24, 2015 15:44 |  #2

I used to use Aperture but switched to Lightroom when Apple announced that Aperture was going away.
There are tons of free videos on YouTube for learning Lightroom. I highly recommend Anthony Morganti's Learn Lightroom 5 series.


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Mar 24, 2015 15:48 |  #3

I don't do much post processing, mainly because I don't rally know how, and I am partially color blind.

So, it is Lightroom for me.

Shooting sports (or drag racing), it is easy to make global adjustments to all the images at once (hundreds or even thousands). I would crop them per Max Preps specs, then adjust the ones that needed it as I went through them individually picking out the keepers.


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Mar 24, 2015 16:15 |  #4

I use Lightroom and had tried other raw converters years ago and settled on lightroom and haven't really looked around since.

I use Lightroom for keywording all my photos with over 60k photos in a library I really need something that easily let's me find specific photos and let's me build smart galleries to include and exclude photos easily.

I also use it for 90% of my editing, with clone brushes being added in LR 5 the only time I go into photoshop anymore is when I need to do more than just simple spot cloning or I need to use content aware fill.

Perhaps most importantly it let's me easily manage and update files on my smugmug account. If I need to create new galleries, modify galleries, add, remove photos or publish updated/tweaked photos. Much easier than exporting files to jpeg and using a browser to upload etc..


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Mar 26, 2015 20:10 |  #5

Lightroom for its image organising abilities and its RAW editing. As mentioned above there are a load of great tutorials on Lightroom but for me, the key to learning it was to sit down with an image and use every slider to see what it did.


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CaptureOne Pro 8.2: the engine is far superior to that of LR.


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Mar 26, 2015 23:54 |  #7

I use LR mostly for ecommerce/catalog stuff, and anything else I use PS. Lightroom took a while to get a handle of, but after a couple months I felt fairly comfortable incorporating it into my workflow. It's really just quicker to edit multiple files the way I need to with LR. With PS I can do more detailed work (ex. beauty, lookbooks, magazine shoots, etc) and use more complex methods like channel masking, split freq. retouching, etc.

I tried Capture One Pro, and loved the RAW conversions but couldn't figure out how to use it effectively or quickly. Gave up by the time the trial was over, but might revisit one day when I have more time.




  
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Mar 27, 2015 00:05 |  #8

Similarly to Dan, I use LR for sorting and filing and PS for minor editing since I shoot in RAW. Mostly self-taught, spent almost 10 years on this beast but I think I have tamed it now, so it's pretty easy for me. Watched a bunch of good tutorials to master more complex techniques. After going over a few times on a new technique, I feel comfortable but some things took me a while. Keep trying and you will get there :)


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Mar 27, 2015 00:20 |  #9

I started with Lightroom 2, now using LR4, can't wait for LR6. I really like it but it didn't make a lot of sense at first. Then I got Scott Kelby's book on it and read the first few chapters on organization before importing photos for real. Its one of those programs where I think most people will benefit from some training to get the most out of it.




  
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Mar 27, 2015 00:33 |  #10

LR was the Adobe's answer to RAW.
Real deal has and always will be PS.


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Mar 27, 2015 11:13 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #11

Thanks guys, I am going to look into getting LR, and maybe go to the local college to learn PS


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Mar 27, 2015 11:22 |  #12

In 2012 I conducted poll on POTN about the question of which RAW conversion software

https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=13665896#po​st13665896


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Mar 27, 2015 11:30 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #13

sweet, thank you.


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Mar 27, 2015 11:30 |  #14

Alveric wrote in post #17493407 (external link)
CaptureOne Pro 8.2: the engine is far superior to that of LR.


Do I understand this program to cost $299? Is that correct?


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Mar 27, 2015 12:08 |  #15

Davevw3 wrote in post #17494113 (external link)
Thanks guys, I am going to look into getting LR, and maybe go to the local college to learn PS

http://www.lynda.com/s​earch?q=lightroom (external link)

I think they charge $25/mo for all you can watch. You'll probably get more out of it than sitting in a classroom 3 hours a week for 4 months.




  
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