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