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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

I've got 'Darktable' installed on my Xubuntu laptop:

http://www.darktable.org/

It looks pretty competent, but I've not used it.

I've also got 'Rawtherapee':

http://rawtherapee.com/

Again, it looks pretty competent but I've only dabbled with it.

Here's a thread discussing them:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53690987

Both the are free.

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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

Does anyone have views / experience of ACDSee +latest version) as an end to end package? I got it (in an ostensibly limited offer price) and like it for most things, as a one stop shop. Saves having to use two different but confusingly similar user interfaces. One limitation I've found: it doesn't yet gave lens correction profiles for old Four Thirds lenses.
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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

I've not had a look at a recent version of ACDSee but a few years back I didn't think it was going anywhere. Affinity Photo looks promising and I have used Cyberlink Photo Director, and that's a very interesting Lightroom clone with functions from Photoshop, like layers, etc., built in. You can download a trial version.

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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

I have LR and PS, but find photoshop complicated to use. I watched the video tutorials, but it ain't going in.

As an alternative, I use "Luminar Neptune" which has 300+ tools, brushes, layers, RAW support, remove an object, etc, etc, its Mac OS X. Macphun has just launched a Beta version for Windows.
https://macphun.com/luminar

I try to post edit as sparingly as possible. But it is of course really useful when the photo isn't right or the light is wrong, even though there is a school of thought that such processing is cheating
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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

For getting to grips with Photoshop I used the book
"PhotoShop xxx Classroom in a Book"

it took me through a of structured exercises working on images.
It took me through to a stage of usage that was beyond my normal usage profile, so I stopped following the book when I was about 3/4 way through the book.

I have tried books from other authors but I found the Adobe book the best.

For Lightroom I found the video tutorials from various sources the most helpful.
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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

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I have LR and PS, but find photoshop complicated to use. I watched the video tutorials, but it ain't going in.

As an alternative, I use "Luminar Neptune" which has 300+ tools, brushes, layers, RAW support, remove an object, etc, etc, its Mac OS X. Macphun has just launched a Beta version for Windows.
https://macphun.com/luminar

I try to post edit as sparingly as possible. But it is of course really useful when the photo isn't right or the light is wrong, even though there is a school of thought that such processing is cheating

Luminar is pretty good I agree. MacPhun does quite a bit of other software which I bought a few years ago called Creative Kit and I find it all still very effective. But I prefer to use Lightroom and Photoshop as my default approach.

Is using a darkroom and filters for film processing also thought of as cheating?
Technology moves on sometimes for the better sometimes not.
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Re: A GOOD Lightroom alternative

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Thanks for the link Phil. Ive just downloaded the program twice using 2 different email addresses but the Activation Code doesn't arrive. Has anyone just tried and had any better luck ? ( or is that beta luck )

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Hi John, I am a member of a Macphun group on Facebook and they respond fairly quickly to support issues. If your still having a problem, I can post it up on their board if you like
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Thanks for the kind offer Phil but I emailed them a few minutes ago and they responded quickly and provided an activation code.

Thanks again

John
Cheers John

What I like about Luminar is the simplicity of it. They also run competitions with holidays and big cash as prizes.
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Luminar is pretty good I agree. MacPhun does quite a bit of other software which I bought a few years ago called Creative Kit and I find it all still very effective. But I prefer to use Lightroom and Photoshop as my default approach.

Is using a darkroom and filters for film processing also thought of as cheating?
Technology moves on sometimes for the better sometimes not.
My own take on it is that editing is serious stuff, old ways and new ways. For some it generates enormous pleasure and for some its agonising, but clearly it doesn't have to be if one knows how to use the tools correctly. I have never regarded it as cheating. In the right hands a photograph can become a painting, like a work of art.
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