Digital Darkroom Software Review: Review

Before I get started, a disclaimer:

NO piece of software is going to make you a better photographer.

Practice might. But software will not.

Go out there and shoot. You can read this later.

ProgramLightZoneAfterShot Pro 2RawTherapeedarktableLightroom CC (and Mobile), Capture One Pro, RPP, DxO Optics Pro
Platforms Available Tested: (Linux), Mac, Windows
Prices: most free, some paid
Installation: variable

And… done.

After 4 months (or is it 5 now?) of not shooting much, processing the same 30 or so pictures over and over again, and cursing at computers more than I like, I found an answer. Not the answer, perhaps, but a good answer, and one that I didn’t really expect.

So what’s the answer? Well, let’s first have a look at Ripped, Drop the main comparison image, and compare/contrast the output from the various players.

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Actually, before we get too much into that, what’s the question, even?

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Digital Darkroom Software Review: Lightroom CC, part 2 – Lightroom CC (2015)

Program:  Lightroom CC (2015)
Platforms Tested Available:  Mac, Windows
Price: $9.99 per month (with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Mobile); Lightroom 6 is also available, without PS & the other CC stuff and without some updates, for $149 or $79 to upgrade from LR5
Installation: Must first download and install the Creative Cloud. From there, you can try or buy Lightroom CC.*

Expect this to be short and sweet…

1) In theory, Lightroom 6/CC are much faster than Lightroom 5, which means that I maybe could shoot more and sit on the computer less. In practice, though, it doesn’t mean much at all.

More on that below.

2) At present, there are few differences between CC and 6: Lightroom Mobile (discussed at some length already); the Dehaze thing and the black & white point adjustment sliders in the local adjustment brush, gradient and circular filters. There are also web galleries and other things that I’m not using presently and foresee no future need for. Reviews I’ve read of these tout them as great ways to share images with clients, and unless I get into shooting for a profession—something I hope to avoid—I doubt I’ll have, for example, wedding or advertising clients. And there is also a hinted-at potential for future updates to the CC tools: I look forward to being proven incorrect, but given Lightroom CC’s update path over the past two years, it seems unlikely that any new features will be released between now and whenever LR7 appears, unless, of course, Adobe moves to a pure subscription model (which seems unlikely).

Below, I’ll touch on and demonstrate the above, and maybe come to some sort of decision… I have precious few days remaining before the trial runs out.

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