Any Apple photos RAW plugins that compete with Lightroom?

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  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

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    Any Apple photos RAW plugins that compete with Lightroom?
     
  2. MrGIS macrumors regular

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    Luminar by MacPhun.
     
  3. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow that looks amazing thanks. The AI processing seems to be like a one slider editing solution in itself.

    Can't see any info on the Apple Photos plugin or how it works but it does list it in the specs.
     
  4. MrGIS macrumors regular

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    It works like any Photos plugin with regard to workflow. Note that this means the final output is a JPEG and not a RAW file (if you shoot RAW, and you should). You don't lose the RAW file, but Photo's displays the JPEG output. You can always revert to the RAW and start again.

    The functionality within Luminar itself is the same whether used as a plugin or standalone. It's a good product and find myself using it on half of my processed images I would guess. Performance can be a little on the lagy side, but the final result is excellent.

    It will be interesting to see how often I gravitate toward Luminar following the release of High Sierra/Photos 3, as it seems Apple is injecting more of the tools I'm looking for.
     
  5. nicholasg macrumors member

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    Not all of these do everything that Lightroom can do, but worth taking a look and seeing if they work for your use cases: -

    http://gentlemencoders.com
    https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/
    http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/dxo-academy/product-how-to’s/introducing-dxo-opticspro-os-x-photos
    https://www.picktorial.com
    https://www.on1.com/products/photo-raw/plugins/

    I also recommend this webpage: -

    http://lifeafterphotoshop.com

    It contains lots of reviews of photo editing software

    Regards,
    Nicholas
     
  6. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Great thanks . I will have a look. I have affinity for iPad, i can't wait for them to bring out the DAM they promised. Apparently it will be a while as affinity design for ipad will be released first. I would happily buy into an affinity eco system of £48 for mac apps and £20 for iPad apps.

    Raw power I've been trying to find that. That's the ex aperture Devi app I think.

    I wish apple would just make a decent DAM.
     
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Yep, RAW Power is the one by the ex-Aperture guru. Which is just interesting in itself. If you wanna see an interesting interview with its developer (THE Gentleman Coder?), try this:

    Unfortunately, while the editing-adjusting plugins are quite good, the organization-type extensions don't exist. There's absolutely nothing that can do some of the more sophisticated metadata manipulation that Lr can do. There are some extensions that allow sharing, but they aren't nearly what Lr's publishing can do. But maybe you only need the adjusting stuff.
     
  8. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Some of the stuff that lightroom does that has become essential is stuff like :

    - folder organisation and ability to place files where you want
    - ability to copy and paste development settings to a whole group of photos (I don't think anything - else can do this and its a deal breaker not to have it)
    - selective colour adjustments : luminance, saturation
     
  9. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, I doubt there will be extensions that introduce that sort of functionality into Photos. Maybe the application will itself evolve to include them, but I kinda doubt it. You can, however, put images into any folders you want by using Photos in referenced mode; just turn off the "copy into" pref. But then that means you can't use that library with iCloud Photo Library, one of the big features of Photos. And even though you can reference images, it's a pain to move them later, or even just delete them.
     

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