After 10 years sterling service my trusty 2012 model Mac Book Pro is nearing retirement and will soon be replaced by a M2 model Mac Book Air. All great but I’m wondering what to do with Lightroom.
On my MBP, I use Lightroom 5 and have always liked its user interface and workflow. If I want to continue with Lightroom on the MBA, it looks like I need a subscription plan for Creative Cloud and to be honest, having looked at it, I really don’t need the latest features and don’t like subscription models for things like this.
Any recommendations for photo management software for Macs with the added complication that I use a Fuji XT-1 with the X Trans sensor. Perhaps the XT-1 due an update too but I do rather like it…
Capture One is the best photo software on the market. Like all they want you to buy a subscription as well but at the moment you can still buy a full license and be independent. The also have a Fuji version costing less, including all the Fuji film-presets.
Their color rendering and editing options are way superior to LR. It’s worth every penny.
Wow, LR5 - that’s ancient! And sloooow (and never the best for X-trans files if I recall). Lots of people rave about the free commons DarkTable, though apparently the learning curve is a bit steeper than LR. There’s DXO as well, and quite a few basic Raw Convertors. Google ‘Lightroom alternatives’ and you should come up with quite a few articles from the likes of Petapixel, fstoppers etc.
Affinity Phone is. good replacement for Photoshop, but if you want the Lightroom workflow features, I don’t think it’s not there.
I’ve got a similar problem with CS6 Photoshop on my old iMac, and want to move to Mac M2 Mini, but dont want to go paying £10 a month for my life just for the odd time I want it. I’ve also looked into virtualising my old Mac, but again because the new CPU architecture is different (ARM verses Intel) that’s not possible
My M1 Mac Mini really struggles with 8GB RAM doing little more than browsing with Safari, I just didn’t want to wait for build to order to get 16GB but now wish I had.
M2 Air SSD is I believe a bit slower than the M1 Air (many see it as a sweet spot, though $ pricing is the same as GBP), but it may not matter in practice. I’d be tempted to go for at least 16GB if not 24GB on an M2 Air, but Apple sure know how to charge a premium for RAM and SSD upgrades.
Another vote here for Affinity 2. A kind of PS lite at a very good one-off price. I use a Fuji xt3 but they are very on the ball for new camera compatibility. Like most of them you can try before you buy…
I went from being a longterm Lightroom/Photoshop user (even was a Photoshop instructor at one point) but went over to Affinity and never looked back.
It more than replaces Photoshop but Lightroom is quite unique in some respects.
If your photos are well organised on the file system and your okay losing Lightroom’s non file touching finishing metadata then a good editor (Affinity Photo in my case) and the Mac file browser might be enough.