Gear and workflow

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I wrote before that I try to keep away from writing extensively about gear and workflow. Currently I only use my iPhone to make photographs. It is simple, allows me to make photographs without thinking about technical stuff, and made my editing process a lot easier. I do post process my photographs in VSCO, and sometimes Snapseed. I use airdrop to transfer my images to my Mac.

It is getting darker though, so I might be using my older Ricoh GR again. It is a lot better in low light. I’m hesitant though since I need cables or a card reader again. The old GR has no WiFi and these cards are pretty expensive.

Speaking of cameras, I wrote about the GR a long time ago (read it here). While it seemed logical that Ricoh used a larger sensor I rather preferred a smaller sensor in that camera. It would have kept true to the small sensor look. Maybe a camera with a 1″-sensor would have been an interesting consensus for me.

I’m also reconsidering my workflow. I depend on Lightroom for most of my editing and processing with a bit of Photoshop. I just wonder if I like to keep it that way or move to different applications. I hardly use the import module and Lightroom doesn’t automatically sync newly added photographs in one or more folders to its catalogue. The non-destructiveness of the images sure is a nice thing, but you lose these edits outside the Adobe workflow. I find that a risk.

So last week I experimented with Affinity Photo for instance. I converted some Lightroom presets to look up tables (LUTs) and could use these with ease in Affinity Photo. For how I use Photoshop it could be a good replacement.

I also tried ACDSee in a beta version. Although not everything works it is still a nice application and looks very promising for a beta. I kind of like it that I can use ACDSee as a very advanced finder app with digital asset management tool without the database features. Another option might be Luminar by Macphun. Luminar will even get LUT support later this year.

Photograph by Wouter Brandsma