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#1 sinetwo


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 02:48 AM

Hi all,


Has anyone had luck with On1 over lightroom for example? My main concern with buying in to the CC is that my post processing is far too sporadic - life gets in the way and I may not do any post processing for months.


Therefore I'm looking at alternatives to buy something permanent. I know that adobe is/has been the market leader, and I'm well versed with Adobe products, but their move to cloud simply doesn't suit my lifestyle/use.


I haven't been able to find many posts on On1 (in fact, no articles or posts) with regards to underwater photography. Does anyone have experience with this, particularly with things like:

  • White balance
  • Masking/alpha for separation of exposure etc.
  • Spot removal
  • Sharpness
  • Watermarks
  • And anything else generally used for UWP


Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by sinetwo, 19 May 2018 - 02:48 AM.

#2 decostanza


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 11:05 AM

Sinetwo... I recently purchased On1 and am in the infancy stages of learning the software. I purchased it on the recommendation of a bud who raved about the ability to maintain quality when doing very large prints. I force myself to bring at least one image into it to learn the software but find old habits die hard...and thus revert back to Lightroom/photoshop. I can’t say I’m overly impressed...yet...but also take that comment from someone that has only been learning it for a couple months and has many years of Adobe experience.

#3 sinetwo


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 11:08 AM

Yeah me too, I tried the trial today - however I have one HUGE issue with it.
Within develop, all the tools are NOT available - e.g. crop/rotate.
You have to click in to layers, and that then takes a long-ish time to get you the tools you need.
Unfortunately the above means its a non starter for me, as almost the first thing I do before I even start is to rotate/crop if required.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:35 PM

I've heard good things about Exposure X3 in regards to being a competent Lightroom clone. I've not tried it myself, but you may want to give it a go.

#5 sinetwo


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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:58 PM

I actually ended up buying Lightroom 6 (standalone desktop client) - it was £111 off the official Adobe website, which seemed a decent price. For Adobe CC you'll need to shell out £10 per month, so provided I use LR6 for more than 11 months, I'll start 'saving'.


For the D500, the latest update is required (6.12 I believe). LR6 has reached end of life, which means Adobe won't provide updates to support newer cameras...


But I don't see myself upgrading for a while! :)


I'm guessing they'll take LR6 off at some point when they're pushing CC even harder...

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 08:45 PM

For your D500, just convert your NEF files to DNG using the free Adobe DNG converter. Then import as usual into Lightroom 6.

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:32 AM

Luminosity from Skylum Software has a lot of potential. I really like Aurora HDR 2018.

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 05:33 PM

Jack: You are a much smarter guy than I am if you can move easily between LR and Luminar. I just don't get the workflow in Luminar. 


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