Bryan Posted October 22, 2016 Author Share Posted October 22, 2016 I spent 40+ years building a physical archive of carefully captioned transparencies. It fills 8 big filing cabinets. The captions were all logged into a searchable database using Helix Express running on a Mac starting with a IICi. When I had to join the digital world, the new system had to resemble the physical system as closely as possible. If I were starting to-day, I might well let something like Lightroom do some sorting, but that's not where I am. Photoshop makes no attempt to file my finished images and DxO wouldn't try to meddle either. Microsoft Word tries to help if it thinks I am making a list for example. I hate software which tries to interfere with my work methods so I'm hesitant to lock horns with Lightroom's preferences if there is a simpler option. I feel the same way about over friendly software. I used to program a Z80 in assembly language, could read and drive external devices, and loved knowing exactly what went on (control freakery). In contrast I find most things Windows related baffling... I also had huge reservations about Lightroom. I originally bought it for the raw converter for my Sony - I had been using Canon's, own software. I found it totally counter intuitive at first; in fact I hated it. I also had what I thought was a perfectly good database before starting LR However, reading the likes of David Kilpatrick about digital workflow, I decided to stick with it and got to use the catalogue for keywording. I have learned just about enough to get by for both processing the pics and storing the data. I have tried following some tutorials on more advanced techniques, but the results just didn't appear to justify the energy expended. I am much more comfortable with PS, that I have used for years, for titivating pictures. I now have a pretty good idea about what LR does best and what is better left to PS. I would now be reluctant to drop LR, it is fast and convenient, once you know just enough to do what you need..... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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