It’s never easy saying goodbye to an old friend. Though we do find ourselves in these situations. I’m in that situation right now, saying goodbye to move on and forward.
Who I’m saying goodbye to?
Recently I have been moving away from Adobe Creative Cloud suite and looking into alternative photo editing software. Photoshop and Lightroom are fantastic products and work extremely well, especially together making for a well-rounded workflow.
I have used this software for a good while now and can see its strengths and weaknesses and I’m not taking this decision lightly.
Why I’m leaving?
I have known for a while, well since I got my Sony A7, that there was at least one alternative to Photoshop/Lightroom. I will get to that software later. In reviewing my work I wanted a different feel to my images. Something more akin to analogue/film photo prints.
Growing up looking at and using film has really stuck with me. I miss those days and have grown a little tired of the super clean look of today’s digital images.
Don’t get me wrong I understand why people love the look of these images. I myself want the look of film images. They feel more organic, more natural.
What am I using now?
When I purchased my Sony camera it came with a free trial of a software called Capture One. I never gave it much thought as I was already using Photoshop/Lightroom. Then one day I thought I would give it a go. See what all the fuss was about.
That’s when things changed. Turns out Phase One, the makers of Capture One have a partnership with Sony. A few of the sensors in the Phase One cameras are made by Sony. So Capture One has profiles specifically for Sony cameras. In return for the supply of sensors.
Then my images changed, in my eyes, for the better.
Capture One is very similar in some respects to Lightroom in the workflow. Which only took a little bit of a learning curve due to new terms etc. Now my workflow is flying along. Capture One has a profile for my specific camera and for each lens I use. Then there is the option to apply a “film” curve to the profile.
Then I got the look I was after. A more organic, film style feel to my images. Below is a few examples of the outcome.
Capture One is giving me the look I want from my images. So that’s why I’m saying goodbye to Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m getting the feel I want from my images.
What do you think?
I know a lot of people like the super clean look of modern digital images. Changing editing software has made me happy, but what do you think?
Do you like the new look of my images?
Should I stick with the old look?
Let me know in the comments below.