Lightroom Alternatives

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sixkiller, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. sixkiller macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    recently I've become more and more frustrated with Lightroom CC, it is slow, laggy, unresponsive and not smooth and fluid at all - basically just a huge pain in my ass to work with.

    When I use masks, use the sliders, remove noise etc it "jumps" instead of a smooth transition. Does anyone else have this problem? And are some of your using something else than Lightroom to edit and manage your pictures?
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    What are you using LR on? I don't have those issues on my 2012 iMac.
    Alternatives would be
    Capture One
    DXO
    OnOne
    Macphun
    Affinity
    Nik software
    Pixelmator

    But LR is the market leader for a reason IMO.
     
  3. sixkiller thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a late 2013 macbook pro. Everything else on it is pretty "snappy" except lightroom. It just seems like the software is so heavy compared to other software i use, even premiere seems a lot faster than lightroom.
     
  4. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    Not sure that Lightroom is the problem. Lightroom was running fast and flawless on my iMac until I installed OS X El Capitan recently. No changes to Lightroom just OS X. Now I'm experiencing the problems you're describing.

    I should have left well enough alone but I had time to spare on a rainy day. :(
     
  5. buttongerald macrumors member

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    Darktable is a free, open source alternative to Lightroom. It's worth checking out.

    Darktable's homepage

    It was last updated just a few days ago. It is available on Linux and OS X, but not supported on any variation of Windows. At least for now.
     
  6. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Zero problem on my late 2013 rMBP. I have been running the El Capitan betas since the project started. No LR performance problems. LR is the DAM and I have MacPhun and OnOne plugins.
     

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  7. maflynn Moderator

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    The only issue I'm having with LR, is the fact that I'm paying monthly, and my usage is such that I'm not using a lot of its functionality. I'm questioning the idea of the subscription based model at this time.
     
  8. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    I don't have any problems with the Library Module in Lr - just Develop. Are you using Lr Develop?
     
  9. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Always. I use Develop presets on import. Then I do additional adjustments as needed. As needed I send the image to a Maphun or OnOne plugin and get back the completed image in LR Library.
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    Remember the CC Photography subscription includes both LR and PS. Also in LR you get features, like Dehaze, you would not have in the standalone version of LR. I have to wonder how many more years Adobe will offer LR standalone.
     
  10. buttongerald macrumors member

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    It will not be much longer. I am surprised they have kept it available this long.
     
  11. sixkiller thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe you're right about El Capitan being the culprit. Are any of you guys running lightroom on os x 10.10 or older?
    Because just changing modules for me is extremely slow and the lightroom ui sometimes just tears up for a a second or two when i switch, sometimes even longer.

    edit: also, when i'm scrolling through grid view of my photos it's far from a fluid motion.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    I agree, and that's why I've been continuing to pay the subscription but as I look at my actual usage, I'm questioning the value of the subscription. I'm not saying LR (and PS) is a bad deal or poor products, but rather in my specific use case, is there a better economical deal that provides me the features that I use? (Apple's Photos is not the answer though ;) )
     
  13. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Still on Mavricks here. Makes me think twice about updating my late 2012 iMac.
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    I'm still using LR standalone. But that's unlikely to be an option when 7 comes out.
     
  14. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Alien Skin Exposure X is worth a look if you're looking for an alternative. I like the speed of it for certain jobs but the feature set is limited in comparison to Lightroom's.
     
  15. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    And no problems with Develop such as very hesitant sliders and results that lag behind the slider adjustments?

    I had no problems at all running Lr under Yosemite. I do regret updating to El Capitan to the point where I'm considering a roll-back. But I know that will be a PIA.

    I'm never a first or even early adopter of an updated app or OS and thought by now things would work well.
     
  16. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Not exactly an early adopter myself for those very reasons.
     
  17. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    I use 10.11.4 and the latest Lr/Ps CC and have absolutely no problems on a 2014 5k iMac.

    Are you using the current version of Lr CC? tried turning off graphics support? using 1:1 previews?

    I had MORE problems with older Mac OS's; an Adobe engineer somewhere noted issues with IIRC an earlier 10.10 issue in say early 2015 that was causing stuttering, and that disappeared for me after an Apple update and then a CC update.

    But there could be several reasons for slowness on a particular machine due to hardware and or software; hard to diagnose without more info.
     
  18. JackRoch macrumors member

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    I feel similarly ambivalent about DxO albeit for different reasons.

    I do like its results but it is, after all, only a RAW converter; at least with LR/PS you get DAM and editing. Looking at my update billing history I couldn’t in good faith recommend it to the OP!

    Makes a subs system seem good value?

    FWIW I get the same processing times on my mid-2010 iMac now running El Crapstain Public Beta as I did when I first got it.

    DxO Billing.png
     
  19. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    I use affinity photo, great program, really smooth has a lot of the same features.
     
  20. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    I am always an early adopter of OS and other programs. Again, zero problems with LR and I am on the El Capitan betas. If you are having problems, It may be time for fresh OS and LR install.
     
  21. MarsViolet macrumors 6502

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    Lr standalone has already vanished from the Adobe web site, and Leica Camera recently sent out a notice saying that they would no longer be bundling Lr standalone with new cameras due to Adobe having ended the perpetual license. Instead, new Leica cameras will ship with a 90-day demo of Lr CC. So I'd wager that Lr 6.x is the last standalone version, and that Lr 7 will be subscription only.
     
  22. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    I suspect that it's probably time for a new iMac. I'm on a mid 2011 and although its served me well, 5 years is more than I've ever got from a computer of any kind. Question is whether or not to do it now or wait for a fall refresh.

    Ultimately, possible hardware issues aside, I'm very happy with Lr Ps CC and will stick with it.
     
  23. MCAsan, Apr 15, 2016
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    I would wait for the fall lineup as it will doubtless have USB-C ports and TB3 that hook to the latest generation of peripherals. Plus using adapters you always hook up to USB-3 devices as well. When the new lineup is out, check the price list at AppleInsider to see if you can find closeout deals on the current models.

    http://prices.appleinsider.com
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    You can still purchase LR 6 as a standalone. You just have to dig to find it at Adobe.

    https://www.adobe.com/products/cata...er_sl_catalog_sl_software_sl_mostpopular.html
     
  24. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    I've just found this http://lightzoneproject.org/ , LightZone, free open source alternative for Windows / Linux / Mac.

    I have only just installed it but seems to be pretty good at first look.

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
  25. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    As @MCAsan says it's hard to find but its there. It was really hard to find the upgrade from previous version option when 6 came out.
     

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