If you have a big investment into Adobe Lightroom, its catalogue and backend database then moving is a difficult thing.
For image editing Lightroom and Capture One are now the big two, with a couple of others coming up quickly. I generally discount software from the camera companies, its at its best terrible and at its worse a crashing virus on your computer.
I keep reading good things about Capture One and as a PhaseOne medium format back owner I have a license, but I still just use Lightroom. Fuji users in particular are always singing the praises of Capture One as it took Adobe a long time to come to grips with the X-Trans Sensor that is in the X series DX crop bodies of Fuji cameras.
But I read an interesting article the other day on Photography Life and he points out that Capture One does not support none Phase medium format cameras; something I had not noticed. It certainly puts me of the product.
I am thinking hard at the moment about my future in 35mm full frame and large format, the Hasselblad may go back to just film use and I may trade in my 35mm Nikon gear and Phase One back for a more modern medium format solution that supports my studio and landscape needs. With Capture One only supporting PhaseOne on medium format, I will not be making it limit my camera choice, so Adobe have me for a while longer.
If your like me or most professional photographers then you take a lot of pictures when shooting digital.
Being able to find photographs afterwards in your asset management system is important, and with modern meta data and database systems, the actual file name is becoming less important.
Sometimes though the file name is all you have to go on if your using more then one workflow.
With my desktop Lightroom catalogue, the new cloud based Lightroom CC on my laptop, iPhone and iPad, then keeping track of what I have imported and what I have not can get difficult.
At the weekend i’ll be shooting in the studio with several models and using several different cameras. Afterwards my work flow will be fairly straight forward.
Copy all the cards to the internal SSD of my Desktop Machine
These then will get backed up by my automatic PC backup
Import to Lightroom Classic
This copies the files to my main external Thunderbolt Drive
This also makes a backup copy to Dropbox
Initial metadata and develop by preset
Then sorting out selects and picks to do a final edit on
When I am shooting more informally then the work flow may be the above, but its more likely me just grabbing the card at the end of the day and then copying the files to Dropbox to sort another day. Or using my iPad SD Card reader and pulling in the photographs to Lightroom Mobile, or even using the Leica Mobile iOS app to pull off the odd photography.
The problem with these other workflows is that sometimes the process, it the Leica App or the iOS operating system itself is changing the file names. This then makes it difficult to keep track what photographs have been imported into my master library on the desktop machine and what are still to import. If not careful you can either loose photographs or end up with duplicate shots in your library.
I am loving my iPhone X and iOS11 has up to now been great, especially on the iPad.
But on Saturday we hit the 2nd of December and every time my iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone X received a notification the spring board would crash. I ended up turning off notifications on my iPhone X in order to be able to use it.
A lot of users have been complaining about software issues with Apple products recently and I must have been lucky as I have been problem free up to now.
I was not sure I would use Lightroom CC (the new cloud based solution not what they now call Classic), but this month I have been playing with it a little and decided there are some useful elements that I may be able to incorporate into my workflow.
In Lightroom Classic (what used to be called Lightroom or Lightroom CC), I generally have one large catalogue on my master desktop machine. This means when I am working away I need a separate catalogue on my laptop. This I usually keep in my Dropbox.
When shooting on holiday or when round town, i’ll sometimes take a break in a coffee shop. While enjoying my coffee i’ll import the photographs using the Leica iOS app into my iPhone or iPad, these get imported into Lightroom Mobile which means if I want to later do any more editing the photographs are on my desktop machine. The issue is; if I was away from home I could only then work on the images on the iPhone or iPad as the Cloud can only sync with one catalogue and I have it set to my master catalogue. My laptop would not get the images synced across.
But now we have some more options. If working on my laptop I use Lightroom CC and store the images in the cloud. If I have used my iPad or iPhone the images also appear and can be worked on in Lightroom CC. Once back to my desktop as the master catalogue syncs with my cloud the photographs are also there, so we have a way of working on the same images across multiple desktops and devices. Useful.
With all the interest currently being shown in high resolution sensors, its with great timing Sony have released their latest medium format sensor roadmap.
The Pentax, Fuji and new Hasselblad all use the more affordable 50 MP sensors but we have 100 MP version coming in or soon after 2018. More important then just higher resolution the new sensors deliver nearly 100% faster data read speeds so expect the next generation of mirrorless medium format cameras to be much faster. For the big boys, and were are talking high end PhaseOne and Hasselblad H series cameras we have a 150 MP sensor coming soon. Exciting times ahead.
Today my iPhone X arrived, I went for the silver model as I have always had black to space grey before. To be honest it will not make much difference once its in a case but I suspected the silver model might be less popular so got that in the hope and success of getting one early.
So far I am extremely happy. Face ID works very well and being someone who does not upgrade every year you really notice the improved performance.
I have now finally take the jump and upgraded my Lightroom CC to the latest Lightroom Classic.
A quick edit using some of my existing M10 presets configured for the previous Lightroom, but a reasonable editing job if done in a couple of seconds. Over the coming few weeks i’ll be using it continually and getting a good feel of the new version. I might also download the new cloud based Lightroom CC to my laptop and do a little testing of it.
My current phone is an iPhone X as my Personal Device and I currently have a Nokia Windows phone for work. While I prefer iOS, I quite like the difference of the Microsoft phone system, its been a brave and different operating system for Microsoft. While I cannot see myself leaving iOS, I can well see why companies go for the Microsoft Ecosystem. Its such ashamed that Microsoft now seem to be ditching it.
I had the first iPhone and while it did less then my previous phone I liked the way it worked and have stayed with Apple ever since.
My current iPhone 6 is working well and I have no reason to upgrade, but having the first iPhone I devices I would also buy the iPhone X.
Its too expensive and I definitely do not need one but I placed my order last Friday for the top model, and look forward to receiving it in a couple of weeks.
I used to always buy Nokia phones, and use a Psion and then a Palm Pilot as a PDA. I have used a few Windows phones, the latest being a Nokia Windows 8 phone, but my choice has always been Apple iPhones.
Leica have now continued there relationship with Huawei and the new P10. For many people the phone has become their compact camera.
While a Leica fan, at least with their M range, I will not be getting rid of my iPhone just yet.