A Question for Photographers Among OCF Readers – What Software Can Replace Adobe Lightroom?

I have been using Lightroom for my raw photo cataloguing and adjustment for a number of years.  The good people at Adobe in their infinite wisdom have decided that Lightroom needs to be a cloud based, subscription only software product.  Very good then.  I am not a cloud based kinda guy.  So, I’m looking for an alternative.  An initial search has identified the following products:

  • Alien Skin Exposure X2
  • Phase One’s Capture One Pro
  • Corel AfterShot Pro 3

I’m currently leaning toward Phase One’s Capture One Pro but would very much like to get some feedback from people who have experience with these products (especially as they compare to Lightroom).  So, here’s your chance to speak your mind.  I’m all ears.  You can leave your thoughts in the comments here or in the forum (I’m setting up a topic here, so if you want to attach photos to explain something there’ll be more room).

2 thoughts on “A Question for Photographers Among OCF Readers – What Software Can Replace Adobe Lightroom?

  • October 29, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve been using variations of Photoshop for around 15 years, Elements at first then the full program beginning with PS 3. I’ll be curious to see is anyone recommends a PS replacement.

    But, I’ll plug a couple of free programs that I’ve been using almost as long. There aren’t PS replacements but I use them as complimentary to PS. Both are freeware programs though I’ll usually donate $20 a year just because I like the programs so much.

    FastStone Image Viewer- It will read my RAW files without a cloud based subscription. A great image viewer that no need to search elsewhere for more than a decade. It can be used as a viewer only but has surprising capability built in. Rather than write a full review, here’s one from C-Net: http://download.cnet.com/FastStone-Image-Viewer/3000-2192_4-10324485.html

    FastStone Image Resizer- The RAW files from my A7RII are 80 meg, they’re 35 meg even after being cropped and compressed to a jpeg. You can’t email files that size, it would take forever to send even a few. You can’t post them anywhere. FastStone image resizer will rapidly batch resize many or one on my photos into whatever file size I want without apparent quality loss for internet use. It will add a watermark too if I wish. I could do roughly the same thing using the PS “Save for the Web” utility but it doesn’t batch and the settings have to be individually loaded for each photo. Sizing any number of shots from 25-40 meg down to around 300-400K and adding watermarks takes me less than a minute compared to several minutes each for PS.

    On my flickr page, every one of my 3 thousand or so shots has been processed with FastStone. I transmit a lot of shots for business too. The only time I transmit full size is when it will be printed.

  • October 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    That re-sizer sounds handy. Does it have to be updated for new camera files?

    80 meg! You see, these people keep upping the ante on everything. Mega, giga, tera. It’s a little bit insane. But what can we do? It’s like some crazy arms race. You can’t have a pixel gap! Well, who am I kidding? I’m a tech junkie now.


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