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06/22/2008 02:33:35 PM · #1
Hi there!

Yesterday I did a wedding where me and other photog shoot more or less 1500 photos. We had a really hard time with Lightroom (beta version 2)because it was taking forever to make the previews and for us to choose the photos for proof printing. We ended up with almoust 4 hours to put short out the photos, put in jpeg the 500 proofs and print them, which is pretty unacceptable. So I'm loosing my faith for fast work in raw with LR. So please rate the rwa converter softwares that you use or have any serious experience with, to help me and other folks to alternatives for LR.

Here it goes my experience:

RawShooters Premium - 10 (top speed and top quality)
LightRoom - 7 (top quality but very slow)
Nikon Capture - 7 (extreme quality but it sucks for batch conversion)

Please rat it from 1 to 10 and if you could justify it would be a bonus.

Thank's
06/22/2008 03:24:58 PM · #2
I use both Adobe Camera Raw (built into Bridge and Photoshop) and Lightroom. One for work, the other for personal.

They're very similar, but I love Lightroom because it is so much more than just a RAW converter. If loading previews is an issue for you, have it set to load standard previews at Import, then just let it sit for a while.

So for me:

Lightroom 9 - An all-in-one solution
ACR 7 - just as effective as LR, but have to use Bridge/Photoshop to process final images.

Also, I'd be wary of using the beta of LR2 for important stuff (paid wedding shoots) as Adobe has said it very well might just break on you and lose everything.
06/22/2008 06:05:23 PM · #3
RSP is still the better of the ones I have used (dead now)... Lightroom is okay but annoyingly slow. I didn't like the interface of bibble much but it's got some features that are nice (multi queues e.t.c.). I hear decent stuff about C1.
06/22/2008 07:07:48 PM · #4
I totally agree on RSP's speed. That's one thing I sincerely miss. However, I don't regret the move to Lightroom. The quality of pictures I get out of Lightroom and the ease with which I get them far exceeds what I got out of RSP.

Couple of things to keep Lightroom up to speed:
1) Fast hard drive to store the catalog and previews (i.e. drive C: needs to be fast).
2) Lots of memory
3) Load the files off of a local hard drive (network drives slow LR down dramatically).
4) I delete my catalog whenever LR gets too slow. I don't lose anything though because I store everything in .XMP files. I prefer it this way. That way the settings (the .XMP files) get backed up *together* with the raw files themselves. They are never separated. They exist in the same directory structure which makes it easy to back up and restore later without having to worry about whether or not the settings are in a catalog.
5) Have LR render the previews while it is loading your files. Walk away and come back when it's done. The entire system will be tons faster at that point (but extremely sluggish while the previews are being rendered).

As for rating converters.....

I also use DxO Optics Pro. If you think LR is slow, you ain't seen nothing. I love the output that DxO gets. The interface in 5.x is better than previous versious but nowhere near as slick nor as fast as LR. So I do everything in LR. But if a picture needs to be printed large (16x20 or larger) I often turn to DxO to process the file.
06/22/2008 09:30:08 PM · #5
Originally posted by Nuno:

Hi there!

Yesterday I did a wedding where me and other photog shoot more or less 1500 photos. We had a really hard time with Lightroom (beta version 2)because it was taking forever to make the previews and for us to choose the photos for proof printing. We ended up with almoust 4 hours to put short out the photos, put in jpeg the 500 proofs and print them, which is pretty unacceptable. So I'm loosing my faith for fast work in raw with LR. So please rate the rwa converter softwares that you use or have any serious experience with, to help me and other folks to alternatives for LR.


If it is about getting unedited jpegs for small prints or with minimal editing (without even whitebalance correction) from a Nikon: Preview Extractor to pull the jpeg out of the raw file (which is already there) and quick sort them with Irfanview in thumbnail mode or with ACDC.

And for quality raw conversion Capture NX only.


06/22/2008 09:50:04 PM · #6
I'd give Lightroom a 10/10. I have no speed issues with it; it runs very quickly for me but that could be the hardware I'm running it on. I'd give Capture NX a 7/10 because it IS sloooooooooooooow. But I love the options it gives you; any option in the camera can be utilized in the post processing! That's pretty awesome IMO.

I've never used RSP, but it sounds intriguing.
06/22/2008 10:36:10 PM · #7
Lightroom - 10 - Its gets 95% of my work done. I have very few speed issues and my pc is 7+ years old now. Time for a Mac!

Capture NX - 5 - But I donít think I gave it a fair chance! Only played with it 4-5 times

Nikon PictureProject - 7 - I used this before Lightroom it was simple and smooth

and I too have never used RSP

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