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On Adobe’s Lightroom Classic, Practical Thoughts And Alternatives

It has been a week since Adobe’s announcement regarding Lightroom Classic. If you do not already know, you can perform an internet search and learn about all the details and ramifications for users of the standalone version of Lightroom. Initial announcements indicated that the standalone version of Lightroom, now renamed “Lightroom Classic”, will receive no more updates in the future after a last-hurrah update in October. After this, updates will only be for Lightroom CC only. This caused an uproar of displeasure from the photography community. Adobe then changed their stance slightly and announced that they will continue to support Lightroom Classic, though they made no specific statements about exactly what type of updates should users expect. One thing is certain. As Adobe is no longer selling and making money from new versions of standalone LR beyond the current version 6 (Which will be re-branded LR Classic), users should not expect any new features that get introduced in LR CC in the future to find their way into LR Classic. It makes zero sense to continue improving software from which you are not receiving any new revenue. In fact, CC subscription currently (at this time of writing) already has obvious exclusivity in the form of the “dehaze” tool. Indeed, we will be fortunate if LR Classic just continues to be updated to support new cameras, but we really did not receive explicit guarantee of this from Adobe either.

The latest events cause users to ask one pertinent question. How long will it be before Adobe eventually pull the plug on standalone LR? And what are the steps we can take? This article offers some recommendations and alternatives. Continue reading

Do You Need Photoshop/Affinity Photo If You Have Lightroom?

As I mentioned last week, the lack of recent updates is attributed to the fact that I just purchased a copy of Affinity Photo and is playing around with it. Oh, and there is my real-life day job of course. 😛

The topic of today’s blog post is to answer a frequently-asked-question: Do you need a full-featured photo editor such as Photoshop (PS) or Affinity Photo (AP) if you already have a copy of Lightroom (LR)? Continue reading

Really Nice Images All Films 4.0 Review

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Really Nice Images released version 4.0 of their RNI All Films Pack in the beginning of July. I actually wrote a preview of it earlier, and didn’t come around to doing a review until now. In summary, if you liked what you read in my preview article, you can go ahead and prepare to make a purchase. My impressions have not changed much between then and now. In fact this review will have a lot of cut-and-paste content from the preview article in July.

To recap, the RNI 4.0 All Films pack is priced at 122 USD and existing subscribers get an email with a half-price offer to upgrade. (If you didn’t get your upgrade offer, check out this page.) RNI now offers the All Films pack in Pro and Lite versions. The Pro version gets you everything, while the Lite version gives a smaller selection of presets at a much lower price of 59USD. Continue reading

User Review: Really Nice Images All Films V.3.0

I like film presets and use them frequently. After all, lab technicians spent hundreds of thousands of man hours figuring out how to make an image look good with different film. So it seems a terrible waste to discard all that expertise away with our move to digital cameras. Besides, most of my favourite pictures were shot by photographers using film, so they definitely have a valuable aesthetic to them.

In previous articles, I shared that I used Alien Skin Exposure in my post-processing for tuning colours and aesthetic. However in the past six months I have been using something else – the All Films V.3.0 pack by Really Nice Images. Continue reading

Review: Migration To Windows 10 For Photography

While watching some online photography videos, I noticed that several photographers are still running Windows 7 even though the Windows 8 travesty has been officially buried by Windows 10, which has been available as a free upgrade for a while. Perhaps they are wary of the compatibility and stability of their post-processing software in the new operating system, so caution is chosen as the best course of action.

It could be sheer recklessness. It could be healthy confidence after hearing all the success stories from other users. It could be just stupid curiosity. At any rate, with an unexpected dose of bravery and nonchalance, I upgraded my PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
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Defringe: Why Photoshop/Lightroom Are Still Irreplaceable For Amateurs And Enthusiasts

We are approaching the end of August. Corel has just released an update to Paintshop Pro. Alien Skin has announced that a new version of Exposure is due this winter. No doubt other photography post-processing software vendors are also preparing new version updates for their respective products, as is the tradition every year around this time. Continue reading