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Any Affinity Photo Users?

I downloaded a trial copy of Affinity Photo a few months ago to see if I liked it. I wanted a raw converter to replace Lightroom 5 which was becoming rather sluggish on my Mac.

I was quite impressed with the program and it seemed to be incredible value compared to the Adobe alternatives but I preferred using Lightroom. However, this could just be because I am used to that program.

At the end of the trial I wasn't sure whether to buy it or not but when I discovered that the price had risen by £10 I decided to give it a miss. Now I am again looking at alternatives to Lightroom to process my E-M1 Mk II raw files which will not work with LR 5. When I looked tonight I discovered that the price of Affinity Photo has been reduced to £38.99, so I am tempted once more.

Does anybody here use Affinity and, if so, how do you get on with it? It would be especially useful to hear from anyone who has experience of both it and Lightroom.

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

No but I am seriously thinking about getting it at that price. I see that there is an iPad version now. I hope there will be an Android version too for my Samsung tablet.
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Tried it , was not at all impressed - staying with Silkypix.
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

I bought Affinity Photo when I moved from Windows to Mac, that was in January. I am already ahead in terms of cost compared to Adobe CC. AP does everything I need, there are excellent in-house tutorials and plenty of third party efforts. The forum works well and I have solved a few issues using it. I migrated from CS6 so cannot compare it to the latest Adobe offering.

It has its quirks. I'm happy to sit down and write the issues that arose when trying to do some of the things that were hassle free in Photoshop. Overall, I'm delighted and glad I stuck with it. Oh, by the way, the official AF video tutorials are given by a calm, clear bloke from these islands not some helium voiced nerd accompanied by head banging 'music'. Suggest you watch a few to help your decision. There is also a guy on YouTube whose video on installing Nik collection was terrific - C P Williams.

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Ron, somewhere there is a list of cameras whose RAW files are supported by Affinity. Last time I looked I don't think your camera was on that list.

Found it as of November 2016

https://affinity.serif.com/forum/ind...w-cameras-15x/

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Thanks David. It does seem that the Mk II is not supported at the moment, which surprises me. I will have a look at what alternatives are available.

Silkypix, as mentioned by Dick Bowman in this thread, sounds interesting but Developer Studio 7 is 119 euros, which is a lot more money. It also sounds a little quirky with a steep learning curve. I might download the trial version to see if I like it.

I have also seen Darktable mentioned a few times, so I might take a look at that.

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Hi. I have Affinity and it does open EM1 II raw files and you can edit them
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Just agreeing with pault, it opens EM1 mk II raw files with no problems.
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

I downloaded the trial version again this afternoon and confirmed that it would open my E-M1 Mk II raw files. After playing with for a little while I decided to purchase it in case the price increases again. I now have lots of video tutorials to work my way through.

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Well, that's good news Ron if you decide to go down the Affinity route

The main problems that I had revolved around saving edited images. Having used Pro-Am Imaging (print lab) for years using Photoshop without problems, my first batch with Affinity was unable to be printed twice because I was unaware of the need to strip out EXIF data before changing raw file to jpegs in order to 'fix' the changes made to the file size. That was very frustrating but quite quickly resolved using the forum. Another quirk I found was that if I changed a JPEG file size for say web use and saved it as another file, it became an affinityphoto document rather than a JPEG. One had to export it rather than 'save as'.

It's fine now that I've got the workflow sorted and if push comes to shove, I'd recommend it as some of the features are quite powerful and more than I need.

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

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Another quirk I found was that if I changed a JPEG file size for say web use and saved it as another file, it became an affinityphoto document rather than a JPEG. One had to export it rather than 'save as'.
I enountered that issue when I tried the trial copy before. Today I exported a test file as a jpeg with dimensions to suit the gallery here and renaming it. It worked just fine. I am not sure whether the original file in Affinity will retain the changes that I made to it. There is plenty for me to find out about using the program.

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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

I've considered Affinity but the issue is that it has no file management system and so isn't a LR replacement, more a PS replacement.

Also, I have read quite a few times (but never tried myself) that the raw conversion is pretty poor.
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

I just bought the iPad version yesterday, which looks as though it will be superb for mobile processing once I get my head round it, and in the tutorial videos I was pleased to notice that the RAW file opened as an example was an .ORF file. And that the metadata shown in the Information window was that for EM1 mkII ! So I'm pretty sure it will work well with Oly files
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

I downloaded Affinity some while ago when it was at the lower price, and installed it on a Win8.1 laptop. I saw it as a PS substitute, which is what it was being hailed as. I do have problems with it hanging though. One of the reasons I got it was because it has a focus-stacking feature, and it worked very well.
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Re: Any Affinity Photo Users?

Affinity Photo is a Photoshop replacement, not a Lightroom replacement. There will apparently be a plugin cataloguing system from Serif at some point but I have no idea of timescale.

TBH The Lightroom ethos not working too well anymore. If you use Pro Capture or come back from a shoot with lots of images, it will take Lightroom many hours to import them - just so that you can cull them and throw most of them away!

I now use FastRawViewer (about £15) to examine and cull images. Ones to be processed immediately go straight to Photo. Others are tagged for later attention, shelved or junked.

Some years ago I bought DXO OpticsPro which I also use for raw processing. it is well worth the investment in my opinion. I have got much better results with "difficult" images than I ever did with Adobe Camera Raw. However it only does basic editing and I use it in tandem with Photo, passing over TIFFs.

The release of the iPad version of Photo shows that Serif is very serious about their range of products. Tutorials are excellent and the program is continuously updated. As noted above, it still has some bugs but works very well for most users.
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