I am the new owner of a Fuji S5, the first digital still camera since I owned a Nikon D70 a few years back.
I have access to the whole range of post-production applications; CS3, Capture One, Hyper-Utility HS-V3, Picasa, Lightroom. Here's my problem; I can't seem to find a way to import, raw convert, process, and print even with the plethora of aps that I have. I think it is a case of "overload" but I find that I like bits and pieces of each, better than I like any "whole."
I need to get some rational advice on how to get along with one set of aps and clear the rest of the stuff away so that I can get back to ending up with prints instead of hashing around importing files from this viewing library to that raw convertor, to this post processor, to this printing interface.
Can anyone offer me some advice to get on a good work-flow that I will use often enough to become proficiant and get out of the morass of post-processing overload? Thanks.
Douglas Tourtelot, CAS
#1. "RE: Workflow woes" | In response to Reply # 0Noel Holland Charter MemberMon 03-Dec-07 10:13 PM
Well you've already got one of the best tools for the S5 available already but like you say, you're trying to learn everything and it's too much.
I'm pretty much the same, a bit of this and a bit of that. There is always a new package with shiny things to catch my eye. You're right, not everything has exactly the right mix of everything but when it comes down to it the two closest I've come across are Aperture and Lightroom.
Why those and not something else. Well Capture NX is fine for my D2X but is useless for the S5, when I'm using both cameras it's a pain to swap around processes. Certainly not the Fuji Hyper-Utility.... it's certainly not my cup of tea and while I have it I only used it for two days and then promptly decided it was a good 4 to 5 years behind everything else. CS3 is great for highly complex work but for 90% plus I don't need that much. Plus CS3 is not much cop at image management unless you are disciplined enough to use a structured folder system and then bridge is an alternative, but then so is explorer.
If you are on Windows then Aperture is not an option. So that really leaves Lightroom.
Why lightroom? It covers imports, keywording and image management, raw processing (uses Adobe Camera Raw in the background just as CS3), image correction and simple dust spotting, virtual copies for variations on the same master image, printing, slideshows and simple websites.
Case in point. At the ANPAT 7 I took a D2X and an S5 Pro. All the images were imported categorised and processed on my MacBook Pro at the end of each day solely using Lightroom and nothing else. At the end of the trip I sat at the end of trip dinner table and rattled off the final version of the slideshow linked below in about ten minutes after I'd finished processing that days images (and we were late getting back after chasing down some bighorn sheep in the failing light).
BTW it's 13.5 MB in size so it will take a time to download. But everything was done in Lightroom from start to finish.
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#2. "RE: Workflow woes" | In response to Reply # 1tourtelot Registered since 26th Nov 2004Mon 03-Dec-07 11:10 PM
Fisrt off, very nice work. I especially like the bears.
I must say that even though it is new to me, the first raw photo that I processed in Lightroom came out "real nice." My fear of course is inconsistancy<g>. I will spend some more time with it and see if I can get it to library photos like Picasa does but I really would like to get down to one product (with CS3 in reserve for advance post processing.) Thanks for your input.
Douglas Tourtelot, CAS