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  1. I have run the gamut of photo tools on OSX …. originally started with Aperture until it died a horrible slow death and was discontinued. I then jumped on the Lightroom/Photoshop bandwagon until it became an annual rental instead of a perpetual license model.

    At this point I tried most of the tools in the article and others – finally settling onto On1 Photo RAW – havent looked back. It organizes my library, has quite excellent nondestructive RAW editing, and I can use external tools like AuroraHDR with its integration.

    If you havent tried it – i strongly suggest a quick look and trial

    (I am *not* part of On1 or get anything from them… I just damnwell love the tools)

  2. As a result, Luminar is rapidly becoming the preferred image editor for photographers at different levels of skill. It is prescribed recommended if you are new to the world of photo editing.

  3. I’m rather suprprised DxO’s PhotoLab 3 didn’t make the list as it has a long standing reputation as being both easy to use and having some of the best body/lens correction in the industry.

    I own Luminar 4 and Photo RAW 2020.1 but I was blown away by how perfect the RAW images I took on my Canon EOS-RP appeared when imported into PhotoLab 3 simply using the default settings. I was immediately sold. Not only did I find PhotoLab’s renderings noticeably superior, the program is more responsive than what I my experience has been with Photo RAW and Luminar.

  4. Capture One 20 supports a large number of cameras/lenses, and is a hands down better and more effective editing environment than Lightroom. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve, but once mastered, it is amazingly powerful. The layers structure in Capture One allows an intuitive workflow, that is easy to alter changes without relying on history, and has a much greater ability to make local changes in an intuitive manner. Capture One has greatly decreased the amount of time that I spend finalizing my images in PS. The only purpose of using Lightroom for me at this point is cataloging my images.

  5. I also decided I didn’t want to rent the ability to edit my photos, and so I needed an alternative to Lightroom.

    I quickly picked up on the promise of Luminar, and L4 does indeed represent a reasonable replacement for Lightroom at least for my purposes.

    Unfortunately, L4 is the end of the road for Luminar. Luminar AI, the follow-on product, is said by the publisher to be unable to import the L4 catalog. So while L4 will continue to work and will have a some bug fixes (probably) in the next few months, by the end of 2021 it will be a dead product in the sense of no new versions and no more bug fixes. With the likely OS churn coming from Apple’s introduction of Apple Silicon, it’s possible that L4 will not be able to run on a MacOS relatively soon.

    Thus, without any feeling of panic, I’m looking around for a replacement. If Affinity Photo did non-destructive editing, it’d be pretty good (no DAM, but Neofinder seems to do the job). The free Photos.app that comes with MacOS ‘works’ but is slow, and doesn’t seem to be able to apply all the lens corrections needed.

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