Back in September last year I was agonising over which Photo editing software to commit to, Adobe’s Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture. As much as I like Apple’s Pro software (like Logic and Final Cut), I just couldn’t commit to Aperture. The new version 3 has a lot of good features, a beautiful user interface and […]
Back in September last year I was agonising over which Photo editing software to commit to, Adobe’s Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture. As much as I like Apple’s Pro software (like Logic and Final Cut), I just couldn’t commit to Aperture. The new version 3 has a lot of good features, a beautiful user interface and an approach to file management that I quite like. But, I’ve become a fan of editing in Lightroom and developed an approach with the software that feels fast and reliable. The gallery at the end of this post has a few examples of images that I’ve developed in Lightroom.
I use the word develop, rather than touch up, edit or “photoshop” because I’ve come to believe that in ways analogous to film, digital images also need to be developed. In the gallery below, two of the images have only been lightly processed, they look a lot like what they did coming out of the camera. But, one has been heavily developed. Can you spot which one it is?
It’s also worth pointing out that my decision to go with Lightroom wasn’t just about features, it was also about photographers. My photo tutor here in Hong Kong, Gary Tyson, works with Lightroom. Next month, I’ll be travelling in northern India with David du Chemin and Matt Brandon, two excellent photographers who also use Lightroom (here’s a post where Matt Brandon talks about using Lightroom). In fact, David du Chemin has written a book on the programme called (here’s a blogpost where he talks about the book).
As much as I love the geekery of comparing features in different programmes and searching out opinions online, there’s an awful lot to be said for looking at what the people you meet are using. It’s a lesson I learnt in the Audio world with both Logic and Sibelius. Although rival programmes have strong online “advocates,” when it came down to the professional users I knew and met personally, there was a strong and growing bias towards both pieces of software.
Earlier this year I wrote about my thoughts on not yet using video on this blog. I haven’t changed my mind on that. However, I’m increasingly start to think about ways of combining photography and music, maybe not as video, but certainly as some kind of package. To that end, I will be picking up a small, handheld audio recorder, perhaps something like the Zoom H1. One thing I regret about my years in India was not making more ambient sound recordings. I don’t want to feel the same when I come to leave Hong Kong. These small recorders really do have stunning quality for their size.
Sorting out software options and combing images with sound. Looks like 2010 is turning out to be the year of clarity and convergence.