aka – Random thoughts on digital photography on a chilly Saturday

Replacing Lightroom Classic with Lightroom  

It’s been a little over a month since I followed Matt Kloskowski’s idea about dropping Lightroom Classic and using Lightroom (desktop) as a main photo organizer/editor. 

From its beginning in February 2007, Lightroom (now known as Lightroom Classic) was a catalog based organizer.  Oh yeah…..back then it cost $299.  I moved to Lightroom 4 when Apple announced it was sunsetting Aperture.  That’s where my love/hate relationship with Adobe started.  Lightroom Classic has always been kinda buggy…and a bit of a resource pig.  However, its RAW image editing capabilities have become the industry standard, abundant training s available, along with Presets and Profiles.

Most other editing programs – ON1 Photo RAW 2024, Capture One Pro, Luminar Neo, DXO PhotoLab 7, Exposure X7 – are all folder-based.  No Catalog or Collections.  Lightroom (NOT Lightroom Classic) is folder-based also.  No  Collection or Catalogs.  Definitely easier to understand and keep track of.  It’s taken a bit of adjustment to get used to some of the different naming conventions between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic.  However….Lightroom tends to be more stable, loads a bit quicker and previews of Profiles and Presets load faster.

The two things I miss – Virtual Copies (which I will neither confirm nor deny may or may not becoming in the next dot update) and Printing (which is a highly requested feature).

Photoshop’s Generative AI

Joe Lippeatt wrote an excellent article back in September 2023 – Understanding the Artist’s Struggle:  The Dilemma of AI in photography. .  

Truth is – if you’ve been using Photoshop since November 2016, you’ve been using Artificial Intelligence with Adobe Sensei.  Adobe took it to the next level when they introduced Firefly. In March 2023.  I used Generative AI to remove a lot of the distractions in this pano I created from Old Town Harrisburg.  When I took this, I knew that I wanted to use Generative AI to remove the downspout, outside electrical boxes and other stuff.

As photographers, we are artists.  Sometimes we want to capture what we see – sometimes we visualize something totally different as the finished image.  Lightroom and Photoshop – along with Generative AI -allows to do both.  If you’re a frustrated artist like me (meaning you can’t draw. a straight like with a ruler and your painting skills are still at the kindergarten level), editing with Lightroom and Photoshop

Printing at Home

In November 2023, KelbyOne put together a series of classes called Photographer’s Fast Track.  One of the first classes talked about printing your own images – either on a photo printer at home, or using a print service like MPIX.  It’s one thing to see your image on a computer screen – it’s totally different to hold a 13” x 19” print (or larger) in your hands of an image you created and edited.  I have a Canon Pixma Pro 100 that produces excellent prints.  Replacing the ink can get kind of expensive.  There’s a company that makes third party refill ink that is actually as good – if not better than Canon’s OEM inks – when comparing the finished print.  They also provide custom ICC profiles for a wide range of papers – Canon, Epson, Moab, Red River to name a few.

Yeah – I’m a big believer in printing your own images.  It CAN help to make you a better photographer.

*“Clean thoughts…..on a Dirty Wall” was the title of a program segment created by “Sweet” Dick Whittington  – a DJ on KGIL in the San Fernando Valley

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