Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/03/12

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Subject: [Leica] Re: software overload (WAS: why users love it)
From: nathan at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Mon Mar 12 20:53:12 2007
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I think that in the digital world, one can make life more complicated 
than it needs to be. One could easily end up with several programs on 
the computer to deal with the photographs: a browser of some sort (like 
ACDSee), a stand-alone RAW converter (or maybe more than one), Photoshop 
and various add-ons, something to catalog and keyword the photos and I 
don't know what else. I think all this gets in the way and have always 
tried to look for the simple solutions. I have avoided the standalone 
RAW converters and have instead tried to learn to use the one in 
Photoshop to best effect; I still have been forced to use ACDSee 
(Windows) or Photo Mechanic (Mac) for the initial selection and culling 
of images because the File Browser in Photoshop was too slow and clunky. 
Bridge in CS2 helped a bit, but the real salvation for me has now 
arrived in the form of Lightroom: finally I have one piece of software 
that I can use for the entire workflow--and on that rare occasion where 
I need to do something that Lightroom cannot do, Photoshop can be 
launched from within that program. Life on my Mac is now simple and 
simplicity is a Good Thing.


J. Braun wrote:
> With the little time I have between my day job and home maintenance, I am 
> trying to learn Capture NX, Photoshop Elements and
> Lightroom.  As part of this project, I noted Nikon claims Capture renders 
> better RAW conversion than other programs.  Dr. Odell
> author of "The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX" and Michael Clark
> ( 
> support this claim.
> I bring up this point to add the consideration of conversion software when 
> comparing digital camera output.  Hardware and software
> are confounding factors that are not easily reconciled.
> JTB                                        
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Nathan Wajsman
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