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About 18 months ago I wrote a short review for WP on the editing keyboard, the Loupedeck+. I rated it highly in the way that it could make a significant difference to both speeding up workflow and making editing easier and more fun. An all-round winner. When Loupedeck launched their new model, the Loupedeck CT, some months back I admired their new (more expensive) iteration and thought, naah, I'm happy with the Loupedeck+. But, hey we all know how it goes.... images start to flash in your mind... possibilities..... shiny new toys..... just been paid.... sitting around social distancing... working from home.... editing loads of pictures. And, yes, you got it: I weakened and "invested" in the Loupedeck CT. Honestly, it is a thing of beauty. Extremely well-made, totally programmable from beginning to end: it'll handle your workflow any way you like, labelling, selecting, editing, toning, output. Set it up for editing for umpteen video software applications; photo editing the same. I've got mine set for Lightroom although changing it to something else is just a dropdown box selection. And I've also customised the myriad controls for the way I operate. This is one delightful shiny toy with a very real sense of purpose. I've found Loupedeck an excellent company to shop with. From the website to ordering, to shipping to packaging to product - it's all very high quality and quite similar to the Apple style - although Loupedeck use basic black rather than white. I was struggling to work out how to do one bit of customisation and emailed the Customer Help address. I had a full response within 48 hours which provided very clear instructions and a GIF. In a follow-up, Loupedeck acknowledged that there could be a steep learning curve with customisation and they planned a series of How To videos to help. The online manuals are not that clear. The CT - see photo - is neat and compact and much smaller than the Loupedeck+. At the moment it plugs into my iMac with a supplied right-angle (neat touch) USB cable. However Bluetooth is built into the CT and a software update is to follow which should remove the need for the cable. About 3-4 weeks into living with the CT I am delighted with it. I keep tweaking how I use it and just find it gets better and better. It's not cheap but, hey, what is in photography; and compared to some of the prices charged for u/w gear, the CT is "a bargain". More details are here: https://loupedeck.com/en (PS: I was able to sell my Loupedeck+ through WP to a fellow member who I am sure will be delighted with it. It's still a tremendous addition to an editing system and one I would not hesitate to recommend.)
I could be behind the curve of course but I hadn't heard before yesterday about a plug-in for LR called Wordroom. It's a download which acts as a plug-in and uses AI to produce keywords. Select a folder within LR, run the plug-in and Woodroom opens a box showing a copy of the image and offers about 30 key words. Its easy to pick and choose, add your own, delete some - whatever. Click Add to Image and all the key words chosen appear in the LR keyboarding box. Wordroom then goes into the next image and so on. I loaded it and had a play last night. For topside images it was pretty impressive. Not tried u/w yet. It was fast, suggestions sensible and helpful and beats the heck from flogging through thinking of key words. It adds emotions, movements and colours as well as the obvious features. The download is free although limits the number of images you can keyword through it a month. More info here: https://wordroom.org
I've been using a Loupedeck+ editing system for around 18 months. They are superb. If you edit LR or Photoshop photos - or with a bunch of other photo editing software, these devices are fantastic. Highly intuitive with a short learning curve, they make editing quick and easy and really speed up your workflow. It sits alongside your keyboard/mouse and has physical dials and sliders which make subtle editing tweaks a breeze. You can see from the two photos just how easy to use it is! Prior to getting into the edit, they are also tremendous for reviewing newly uploaded pics: flag for selection by Pick/Delete, colour or star-rating, quick auto edits and then select by batches. Many of the keys can be reprogrammed to suit particular workflow styles. Full information is here: https://loupedeck.com/en/products/loupedeck-plus?skip=true I've been so impressed with the Loupedeck+ that I have "invested" in the even more fancy model, the Loupedeck CT. So I am now selling my Loupedeck+. It's in perfect condition and comes with the original box, simple instructions (they are all available online) and newly acquired travel case. They are very well built and rather stylish! New from Loupedeck the keyboard and case is €269. I'm looking for €195 and this would include postage in the EU/UK. PM me if you have questions Thanks for reading Tim