Aperture 2 vs. Lightroom 2

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Which do I buy to put on my shiny new MacBook when it's delivered next week?

Poll Results

Aperture 2 3
Lightroom 2 2

nate woolls, Friday, 12 June 2009 13:57 (fourteen years ago) link

i feel like i shouldn't vote if i've only used one of 'em. I loooove lightroom although i do like the sound of some of the things i've read about aperture - mainly the lack of division into strict library/develop modes.

man saves ducklings from (ledge), Friday, 12 June 2009 14:02 (fourteen years ago) link

tried them both, preferred aperture 2, although apple really should rip off the lightroom presets for the next version.

joe, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I've only used LR (1.3.1 thru 2.3) and I couldn't cope without it!

Michael Jones, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah it's the presets that are making me lean towards Lightroom.


nate woolls, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

There's a lot onscreen with Lightroom 2 - would I find it awkward on a 15.4" macbook?

nate woolls, Friday, 12 June 2009 18:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Seems fine on my 15.4" Vaio. You can hide any/all panels as you wish, btw - the preview image gets bigger as a result.

Michael Jones, Friday, 12 June 2009 21:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I tried both and vastly preferred Aperture. Lightroom to me seems to be geared toward 'session photographers' - i.e. pros who take hundreds of photos at an event and need a quick and dirty way to pare those hundreds down to a few dozen potentials. Since I tend to be more of a casual snapshooter I find Aperture's amorphous nature much more suitable to my style. However I find even on my unibody 15" MBPro it's a little sluggish at times.

One niggly note is that Apple is generally much slower than Adobe at providing support for newly released cameras. Hasn't been a problem yet but I foresee it will be if/when I pick up the new Olympus E-P1.

Bottom line though, is that both are available as thirty day trials, so you really ought to download both (I would recommend one after another, not at the same time) and see which one you like better.

Can't stop the dancing chickens (dyao), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 13:40 (fourteen years ago) link

if/when I pick up the new Olympus E-P1

Lucky you! Keep the board updated on this purchase!

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Lightroom to me seems to be geared toward 'session photographers' - i.e. pros who take hundreds of photos at an event and need a quick and dirty way to pare those hundreds down to a few dozen potentials.

This is probably fair enough (though I've not used Aperture - is it a bit more of a struggle on the picking/cataloguing side?). Though I'm only a casual snapper myself I do occasionally have moderately-sized sessions (friends over from California for first time in 6 years, back garden BBQ, 20 guests = 230 pix, kids' party = 150 pix, etc). LR is perfect for that.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:36 (fourteen years ago) link

aperture isn't a struggle at all for cataloguing and picking - that's pretty much what it was designed for. i sometimes have shoots of maybe 800 pix which it breezes through (helps to have 4gb memory, i think). but it's a bit more flexible in that you can easily edit a shot mid-way through cataloguing without switching modules.

dyao otm about the trials though, best way to find out which you prefer.

joe, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, the modules thing in LR is a bit like Adobe forcing its preferred workflow on you; it's only a key press either way, but it is a bit irksome. Aperture supports local corrections (masks, graduated filters, etc) now too, I guess?

Michael Jones, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:17 (fourteen years ago) link

(I'm sufficiently curious to download the Aperture trial...)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:19 (fourteen years ago) link

(Oh, hang on, I'm an idiot. Mac only, right?)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:22 (fourteen years ago) link

not much in the way of local corrections iirc - think the only ones are spot healing/cloning, but i don't process heavily.

xp yes, sorry!

joe, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 29 June 2009 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I downloaded the 30-day trial of Aperture last night, and I think I'll be going for that. Apart from Lightroom-style presets it seems to do pretty much everything I want, and it's £100 cheaper.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 10:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I've switched back and forth between them for ages, but end up sticking with Lightroom. Its previews are much quicker, whereas Aperture can take a while to get itself in order. Also the preset thing, and only Lightroom has split-toning (vital for 300).

Aperture's great if you're going to be nobly true to the original image, but when you just want to click a button that says "Make it all colours and Flickr and shit", Lightroom's yer man.

stet, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 13:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I managed to get Aperture for free, and as such it's terrific!

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 5 July 2009 07:03 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

getting really fed up with the lack of support for the E-P1 and just lack of updating in general. tempted to get Lightroom @ educational pricing, although I know as soon as I pull the trigger Apple's gonna roll out a mega update.

just can't see Aperture being very high up on Apple's priority list at the moment..

dyao, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 02:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Aperture is horrible, I didn't find either version (the first two major releases, don't know if there's been another by now) unusable.

Lightroom, OTOH, is fantastic. Controls that actually resemble working in a darkroom (far more than Aperture or other programs, including old versions of Photoshop/Camera RAW), easy sharpening and output, and freakishly simply cloning to get rid of dust/etc..

smashing aspirant (milo z), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 04:21 (fourteen years ago) link

haha surely you mean 'usable' not 'unusable'?

I tried both out and preferred Aperture - just seemed to fit my usage profile better; I'm not really a session photographer. I also liked Aperture's output colors better, and did some aspects (highlight recovery) better. I do think Lightroom's got Aperture beat on noise removal, though

dyao, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 05:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Lightroom has downloadable camera profiles that vastly improve the basic color rendition on files.

I could never find a way of sharpening and tonal adjustment in Aperture that made sense.

smashing aspirant (milo z), Tuesday, 13 October 2009 19:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Really loving Lightroom's brushes for applying adjustments to parts of images non-destructively.

stet, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 19:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Lightroom 3 beta is out today. New bits include better noise removal and options to add grain. Also fixes the appearing-panels problem on Mac.

stet, Thursday, 22 October 2009 12:06 (fourteen years ago) link

might download the beta and give it another go. still love aperture's ui but lightroom has some great features and better noise reduction would save me exporting super high ISO stuff to capture NX (which has the simplest, best noise reduction ever seen imo, but not much else going for it). what we need is a socialist utopia to force them to merge and combine the best elements of each.

also, when will either programme allow you to do curves adjustments properly?

joe, Thursday, 22 October 2009 12:19 (fourteen years ago) link

add grain, yay

it's annoying the way lightroom (don't know about aperture) locks the curve so white is always white and black is always black, you can't dial down highlights at all.

surfing on hokusine waves (ledge), Thursday, 22 October 2009 13:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Aren't the brightness/blacks/recovery sliders sort of a bit curve-y in the way they work? I haven't really found the fixed curve that much of a problem, tbh - all I ever do is a gentle S-curve or perhaps mid-range boost anyway and it doesn't interfere with that.

Ok, downloaded LR3 beta... Ooh, "Publish Services" in the left-hand panel, one of which is "Flickr". Import dialog is entirely different.

Drag and drop an image to the Flickr photostream on the left, hit Publish and, bang, it's there.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 22 October 2009 13:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Ok, this is pretty good - allowing you to keep tabs on your exports (whether web or hard drive) in a similar way as the source catalog.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 22 October 2009 13:35 (fourteen years ago) link

xp freeform curves are quicker and more flexible. if capture nx and the garden-shed outfit who made bibblepro could do it, i don't see why adobe and apple can't. it's not a fatal flaw - i use aperture happily and it doesn't even do adobe's fake curve, you have to shift levels sliders - but i'd like to see proper curves back.

joe, Thursday, 22 October 2009 13:38 (fourteen years ago) link

What kind of free form curves are you talking about? Under develop in LR, you can adjust the tone curve however you'd like, in addition to the histogram sliders.

smashing aspirant (milo z), Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:44 (fourteen years ago) link

It's fairly restricted, isn't it? The position of the dark/midpoint/light sliders along the bottom of the curve box determine just what kind of parabolic shape you can pull the curve into, with the point curve type (medium/strong contrast/linear) setting the severity of the action. In Photoshop (CS2 on) you stick as many pins as you like along the x=y line and drag into whatever shape you desire.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 22 October 2009 20:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Apple rumored to release 'Aperture X' by the end of the year; hope they won't make existing users pay for it

囧 (dyao), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:38 (fourteen years ago) link

been trying out the lightroom 3 beta - the noise reduction does seem better and might tempt me away long-term depending on what apple have planned for aperture X. but the flickr plug-in is irritating - if you publish a batch it puts them in your stream in a random order. didn't think anything could be more user-unfriendly than flickr's own uploader, but adobe managed it. (my fault for using a beta, i suppose.)

joe, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

new aperture raw update out today....added support for newest canon/nikon cameras, still no support for olympus/panasonics. ugh. very very close to just getting lightroom

囧 (dyao), Friday, 18 December 2009 03:46 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Aperture 3's out! Now w/Lightroom-style selective brushes (at last)

stet, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

presets too. wonder if they've matched lightroom 3's handling of noise, though.

joe, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 13:48 (thirteen years ago) link



joe, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Looks like it's got everything apart from split-toning, so still no 300 preset :)

stet, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't really understand what split toning is so i won't feel like i'm missing anything.

joe, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

The split/merge library feature is a good one: you can have one master library on your home Mac, and start a new one on your laptop when you're travelling, then later merge them.

stet, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 14:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Looks good. Going down the list of cameras with RAW support - yes to the Pana G1/GF1, no to the various Oly Pens...

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:13 (thirteen years ago) link

g1/gh1; no gf1!

99. The Juggalo Teacher (dyao), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:18 (thirteen years ago) link

feel like if I upgrade I'll be forever paying canikon taxes to apple (I.e. delayed and sporadic support)

99. The Juggalo Teacher (dyao), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

is LR3 out of beta yet?

werewolf bar mitzvah of the xx (gbx), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:27 (thirteen years ago) link

the beta expires on april 30, so i guess they'll have the finished product then.

joe, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link


worth using? or should i just stick with LR2 for the moment

werewolf bar mitzvah of the xx (gbx), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:29 (thirteen years ago) link

i've just dabbled, but it seems pretty good. high iso stuff comes out looking v natural and filmlike. it's free, so why not?

joe, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

D'oh - misread, sorry! No GF1.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 9 February 2010 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

You mean you didn't when I posted the same link on the Processing thread in January? ;) It is a good site, that.

I suspect I've been missing a trick or two with the Tone Curve in LR2.x, reading Milo Z's comment upthread and judging by some of the wacky shapes I see in some of my presets. Definitely seems easier to manipulate in a PS CS2+ style in LR3, but perhaps I never figured out how to do that with LR2. I'm generally pretty happy with a little S-curve and using the histogram sliders for everything else.

If they could incorporate specific lens distortion algorithms (a la DxO Optics Pro) in LR3 then I'd definitely be in. It's only maths, innit?

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 09:03 (thirteen years ago) link

lens correction is already built into camera raw - if your camera has the right EXIF info (i.e. you're shooting a micro 43ds, LX3, or S90) it'll apply the correction automatically. of course you may want to do more than the manufacturer has dialed in (to remove excess CA etc.)

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmm, I guess the lens correction I'm limited to with ACR (with my Canon EF lenses) is just vignetting/CA (which is all there in the LR interface). Judging by the profound effect I see when applying the 40D+28/1.8 DxO module to images taken with that combo (and these are tiffs exported directly into DxO from the imported LR Raw), there's clearly no barrel distortion fixing going on with ACR.

I should experiment a bit more though. This is based on an hour last night...

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:48 (thirteen years ago) link

PS already has a lens correction tool I think, but it's pretty basic and not calibrated for individual lenses - it would be nice if Adobe incorporated it, but I don't see it happening...

as each lens has its own distortion characteristics, you need to specify how much correction to dial in for each particular lens, and if it's a zoom, at each particular focal length. so it's easy to do for a prime, but for a standard 24-70, you'll have up to 46 different possible distortion characteristics which you need to compensate for..

you should also give PTLens a try - much cheaper and does the same thing

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, that seems pretty good. As fun as the FilmPack stuff is with DxO, I have no real use for much else that it does, as it duplicates a lot of Lightroom functionality. The one-click appeal of DxO is rather lost when you find it doing something you don't actually like (the auto noise reduction is not as subtle as LR, I don't think; though you can customise so it limits what it does in Auto mode) and then you have to start going through drop-down menus.

Also, it's not ideal calling external editors from within LR on images you may have already processed in LR; not only do you lose the changes in the export (OK, not with PS or PSE), what you get back is a TIFF or a JPG, so that copying the original LR adjustments over gives you something wildly different. It's tricky working out what the correct workflow would be with something like DxO; either you have to do everything in DxO or just accept that the nicely flat, sharp image you get back in can't be manipulated with quite as much freedom.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:45 (thirteen years ago) link

for users of aperture - apparently this update may improve stability/memory leaks with aperture 3, and it doesn't show up in the software update


ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Thursday, 1 April 2010 14:20 (thirteen years ago) link

aperture 3 has been an absolutely nightmare for me. i think the prokit update and 3.02 have fixed it, but i'm still rebuilding my (admittedly stupidly large) library after trying twice to import all my photos (first by transferring aperture 2 library, then by reimporting files and folders) left me each time with an application that crashed as soon as it was opened, every time. I HATE APPLE etc etc.

anyway, hopefully the reinstall and new library will do the trick.

joe, Thursday, 1 April 2010 14:52 (thirteen years ago) link

haven't had any problems yet here (knock on wood). hope yer problems get sorted out! (I have a pretty small library to begin with - also I store my photos in folders on the HD, instead of inside the aperture library package.)

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Thursday, 1 April 2010 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah so do i - they're on external drives. but it's huge, because i'm too lazy to throw stuff out. basically:

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joe, Thursday, 1 April 2010 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

lol - 'external drives' says it all!

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Thursday, 1 April 2010 15:01 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

So, Lightroom 3 is out. Worth the upgrade from 2.x, I wonder?

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 08:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been using the beta -- it's pretty good, and I like the noise reduction and Flickr integration. Don't know if I'd pay cash money to upgrade if I'd bought 2, though.

stet, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 11:38 (thirteen years ago) link

The big post-Beta addition is the Lens Correction feature. Pre-loaded Canon profiles are limited to the L lenses and the EF-S range (so nothing for my mid-price primes) but they have a shedload of Sigmas. I don't know whether they'll roll out more. Seems a bit slow with my tiny 400-image catalog at work.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 11:57 (thirteen years ago) link

this guy says it has the best noise reduction ever. i'm not convinced by his examples.

joe, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 09:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Colo(u)r noise reduction was always pretty good in LR, I think (though I don't often use it beyond the preset value for Raw because the in-camera colour NR for high-ISO is quite adequate on the 40D); luminance NR was horrid and blotchy. This seems smoother but they could just be smearing out details (this guy seems to like that effect).

I have more of a problem with this guy standing up in a Ford T-bird convertible going through a tunnel, brandishing a 5D2 and 14L. I bet he was going "Whooooo! Fuck yeah!" at the time.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 09:46 (thirteen years ago) link

(If he follows his referrals - I'm only kiddin', like).

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 09:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Have just invested (cough cough) in Lr3, will have a mess around and report back.

not_goodwin, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 14:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Had a little look-see in the LR3 Lens Profile file for the Sigma 12-24 (cos I've just hired one); there are six focal length settings (12/15/17/20/24) and 12 aperture values (seem to be 1/6th-stop intervals between f/4.5 and f/8.0) plus a load of focusing distances, I guess. So what it does if you've shot something at 22mm f/11, I'm not sure - does a little interpolation? Nearest value? This is part of DxO's criticism - their modules are supposedly much more thorough that this. (Though the real meat of their argument was that users couldn't really be expected to create their own profiles with any degree of accuracy for those lenses which are missing).

Michael Jones, Thursday, 10 June 2010 12:05 (thirteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

3 finally does watermarking properly, that's a big deal for some.

prey like aretha franklin (sciolism), Friday, 9 July 2010 05:32 (thirteen years ago) link

using the demo of LR3 and liking it a lot so far, tho I think most of the improvements are above my pay grade

be told and get high on coconut (gbx), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 17:42 (thirteen years ago) link

i swear i read that as "above my gay parade"

postcards from the (ledge), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 20:34 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...
two years pass...

so is paying $120 a year to adobe / a jackboot stomping on a human face for lightroom the only way forward now?

, Sunday, 1 January 2017 14:05 (six years ago) link

There are other raw editors out there (I've tried a few) but if you want the catalog management, yeah, Lr seems to be the only game in town. I've been paying £8/month for the Adobe Creative Cloud photography package for over a year now, so that's Lr plus Ps with Silver Efex Pro 2 as my secondary editor (from the free Google release of the Nik tools a while ago).

I rationalise it as being less than I spend on chocolate (perhaps).

Michael Jones, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:52 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

You can buy Lightroom, you don't have to rent it. Don't remember how but I did it.

0 / 0 (lukas), Monday, 27 February 2017 00:02 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

New Lightroom CC out today ... seems to be not awful? The cloud syncing seems to be fast and good, at least between the web client and my iPad and phone and I'm glad they've separated it out from the desktop app, because the link between it and the mobile apps was creaking at the seams. The "save offline" ability for albums is aeons better than the Apple and Google Photos apps' insistence that they just get to manage that for you invisibly, too.

I need to download the new desktop app tonight, because if CC is all it's made out to be I might not need Lightroom Classic any more. (Which is apparently heaps faster in the new release, too)

stet, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:11 (six years ago) link

Seeing as I don't have internet at home for potentially another week, I'm not going to be playing with this for a bit. How do Lr CC and Lr Classic co-exist? I assume they share the same catalog? Changes made in one are immediately seen in the other? If I make some fancy edits in Classic (settings that aren't available in CC), I see them all the same in CC, I guess?

I was thinking I could work entirely in Lr CC and just have an Lr Classic session for a wedding or some other major shoot. But I've yet to see what's missing from Lr CC.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:44 (six years ago) link

Totally separate catalogues -- you have to do an import process to get yr LR Classic catalogue into CC, and then the link between them is completely broken. Your CC catalogue comes by default with all the albums you have shared with LR Mobile previously, though.

The big thing missing from CC I've found so far is curves, and there's no split toning (which I really only ever used for 300 anyway, so nbd)

stet, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:41 (six years ago) link

Ugh. I'm not sure I like the sound of this. Lens corrections? Vertical/horizontal guides? Masking?

And the catalog split I'd need to get my head around. There's 17 years of pics in there!

Michael Jones, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:54 (six years ago) link

You can upload them all to CC though, which is what my laptop is beavering away at now. No more backup hard disks for me to fret about! I'll check on those features when I get in

stet, Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:01 (six years ago) link

I still use aperture

, Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:27 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So... the practice of LrCC making a local copy of all yr pics makes it's a no-go for most laptop users, I'm thinking? That's your experience, Stet?

I'm basically just using it as a viewing tool for things I've synched with Lr Mobile. That's all that's in there - the 500+ images (Smart Previews only) I've synched over the last couple of years. The LrCC web tool is ok for a quick tweak too. And I'm now sharing Lr Mobile albums with people, rather than a Flickr link. But I could have done this without LrCC.

LrClassic all the way for me, for the time being.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:28 (six years ago) link

So... the practice of LrCC making a local copy of all yr pics makes it's a no-go for most laptop users, I'm thinking? That's your experience, Stet?

I'm basically just using it as a viewing tool for things I've synched with Lr Mobile. That's all that's in there - the 500+ images (Smart Previews only) I've synched over the last couple of years. The LrCC web tool is ok for a quick tweak too. And I'm now sharing Lr Mobile albums with people, rather than a Flickr link. But I could have done this without LrCC.

LrClassic all the way for me, for the time being.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:28 (six years ago) link


Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:28 (six years ago) link

It works OK in general, as you can set how much disk space it should use for previews. I’ve been trying it out with a 20gb shoot and it has kept the local usage small.

The problem is the migration, where it insists on making a local copy of everything first and won’t move without it. I’m hoping that’s a stupid oversight, otherwise I just won’t be able to ever migrate to it

stet, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 20:32 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

this decision to fork lightroom is really insane

, Saturday, 23 December 2017 13:56 (five years ago) link

i might live to regret this but i think i'm going to subscribe to lightroom cc

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 29 December 2017 21:32 (five years ago) link

i decided to stick with aperture and bought affinity photo the photoshop killer. if i need a better digital cam program (right now primarily managing film scans) i’ll fork out the 300 or so for capture one.

, Friday, 29 December 2017 21:58 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

should i buy lightroom 6 while they're still selling it without a subscription? i "acquired" 5.x and i like it. facial recognition is the only reason i know of that i want to upgrade to a new version. i assume the cloud version also has a slicker workflow for sharing galleries and getting photo snaps into the library.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 15 January 2018 05:47 (five years ago) link

I preferred 5 to 6 -- the performance tanked miserably for me with 6. CC is getting better, but obviously the standalone doesn't benefit from that

stet, Monday, 15 January 2018 10:38 (five years ago) link

LR6 feels slower than 5 to me for no clear reason. i needed the upgrade in order to handle the RAW files for my new camera so i guess that's that...

it also adds the ability to go in and futz vertical adjustment, not just take what the algorithm decides (tho what you can do is still a bit constrained) and maybe there are other goodies i can't see...

Righteous wax chaperone, rotating Wingdings (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 January 2018 13:00 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I went from Lr5 on a budget Toshiba W8.1 laptop to LrCC (what they now call Classic) on a Mac Book Pro, so any slow-down was more than compensated for by a huge leap in hardware performance.

Also like the latest color/luminance range masking in Lr, which I'd only previously seen in something like CaptureOne (it was much nicer to use in there though). Though naturally I still do basically the same shit to every photo I work up (with the occasional round-trip to Ps for content-aware fill, or Silver Efex Pro for B&W), so most new tools are wasted on me.

I think the layout in Lr is a bit tired and mid-'00s now. You shouldn't have to scroll down a massive panel on the right to access all the tools. I don't know how I'd rework the UI, tbh.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 15:54 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

choice quote

"Many people, including myself, developed long-term health problems. One person, as I mentioned, had a nervous breakdown, others just took forever to get any spark back in their careers. I would look these people in the eyes, and they had this look like someone close to them died.

An amusing aside was that in my annual review, I got the most substantial bonus I’ve ever gotten and the most significant salary increase. I guess getting yelled and screamed at has its perks. Or they felt guilty. Who knows."

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 30 January 2020 04:41 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

I've been meaning for ages to get off Lightroom CC after it caused me to lose a few hundred images last year, and this week's 5.4 "sorry we deleted your pictures" update has finally prodded me into it.

The Downloader is predictably terrible — I have 500gb (how did I manage that) to download and after an hour it's still sitting at 1%.

I'll figure out where to go next after this. I've been using Lightroom since v1. Capture One seems to be the only serious alternative, right?

stet, Friday, 21 August 2020 17:04 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

i switched from lightroom to apple photos and honestly it's fine for my purposes. the developing side is more than i need. the organization is a little basic but fine. it knows about live photos and all the other weird shit that comes out of an iphone.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 07:31 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

Adobe finally updated LR so it remembers which preset you’re on when you step away and come back

ncxkd, Friday, 18 June 2021 17:59 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Okay so moving to M1 Mac means my old copy of Lightroom no longer works. And I'm not paying for a subscription. Anyone have a recommendation?

Right now I'm tempted to just write a script to make the right folders in the photo library and copy images from the SD card, then use Pixelmator on individual images I give a shit about. (I don't shoot a ton any more, although that will change if my family situation turns out as I expect it to.)

what have I done to deserve you (lukas), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 20:11 (ten months ago) link

A pro I know swears by Affinity (which is about $60?) but it’s not an organising tool; not sure what else there is for that. I still have a basic version of Capture One knocking around - apparently that can convert Lr catalogs.

I can understand not wanting to give Adobe a tenner a month for the rest of time but I can’t switch, not now. And AI masking in the latest version is really good.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 21:13 (ten months ago) link

i switched from lightroom to apple photos and it's been fine

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 2 February 2023 22:41 (nine months ago) link

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