Two days running I’ve received pre-release announcements from software companies making post processing applications for photographers.
The first came yesterday, with On1’s blare about its upcoming 2019.5 release and this morning, I found an e-mail from Skylum, trumpeting its latest Luminar AI-based wonder.
On1’s Photo RAW has progressed from its early, under-powered, buggy releases, into a solid, if brash product, almost ready to take on Lightroom and win. This release – free to current users – brings a dual monitor ability, edit history and quite a lot more.
As far as I can see, there won’t be any change(s) to its oddly laid out user interface, nor will the irritatingly large and almost bitmapped cursors see any maturation.
That said, I can see a time in the future when a migration from Lightroom might be on my cards. At present, I still use InDesign and very, very occasionally Photoshop, all of which prohibits me from kicking Adobe’s ridiculous Creative Cloud package to the kerb. My Photoshop usage is driven by how much of its complexity and arcane methodology I can remember/look up/find/understand and use, so as alternatives to InDesign appear and my need to publish books and pamphlets scales back, so does my need for Photoshop. When they go, LR will be with them.
I remain sad about Luminar’s inability to make me a happy post processor. I love the interface and really like the tools, especially the AI fix-it-all. Sadly, so much fundamental (for me) functionality is still missing that I didn’t bother with the last upgrade and don’t plan on spending another US$60-odd to be disappointed this time.
So for now, I’ll stick with Adobe CC and its paper clip-like irritating reminders to update software I neither want, nor use. LR does the job well enough, despite being like a Botoxed-model from yesterday compared to today’s svelte, shiny camera fodder.
It’s a shame really.
Moving on (a bit)
Our familial relocation from Cape Town kicks into reality gear on Tuesday, when Mrs P leaves for London. I’ll be a month behind her, having wanted to enjoy the last of the Cape’s autumn, find a home for the cat (done) and generally get everything in good order before locking the house up.
One new item now high on my checklist; culling a decade old photo library.
It wasn’t supposed to be, but the 6Tb USB-C drive I bought to shuttle to London and back for music listening and day-to-day photo storage gave me a disk full error on the first (trial) run. The accompanying music library is only 700Gb, so I clearly have way too much digital dross clogging the works.
But, before that, a small hats off; I’ve used the Mac-only SuperDuper as a back-up app for years. It’s rock solid and on the very rare occasion I’ve had a problem, found author, Dave Nanian’s tech support right up there with the best of them.
In this case, my plan is to create a back-up of my music and photographic libraries, currently nestling on a 20Tb RAID drive next to my desk. I can then get the maximum use from both. Cool.
But, I’ll be away for several months at a time and will want to update the home repository when I get back to Cape Town later this year.
As usual and despite being on the other side of the Atlantic, Dave’s solution was with me in minutes and easy; “Create your backup and take it with you. When you get back to Cape Town, simply smart update the original from the travelling copy.”
Job done. Except that the disk was already full, so the oft off-put cull suddenly became a necessity.
I’m currently about a third of the way through. I’m feeling irritated and bored and already consigned around 12,000 RAWs and JPGs to the bin. On that basis, I’m hoping to have 2+Tb disk space free when I get on the Iron Chicken to London in a month’s time.
On the upside, I have discovered just how much digital technology, my picture taking and post processing has improved in these years. That’s not to say that I suddenly have thousands more keepers, but when the cull is done, there’ll be many less oversaturated images of the oddest things – stuff that make me wonder what an earth I was thinking when I shot them in the first place.
The accompanying images are some of the photographs I’ve rediscovered during this extensive re-evaluation. Some of the many I haven’t culled. No doubt I’ll discover more in the days to come.
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