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Lightroom alternative...

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Gambit, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Gambit


    Joined: Oct 7, 2003

    Posts: 276

    Location: Midlands

    Hello all,

    Really frustrated with Adobe and I am after sensible lightroom alternative, want to avoid online licences and pref one time payment (or free options) options.

    Ideally want it to handle RAW images and help with file management along with editing, of course!

    Any suggestions guys?
  2. EssexBoy


    Joined: Jun 13, 2013

    Posts: 526

    Location: Essex/East London

    Capture One was fine when i used it.

    Try the 30 day free trial.
  3. Spleen Sauce


    Joined: Jan 16, 2005

    Posts: 906

    Location: UK

    Yep, Capture One Pro is excellent though it’s not cheap.
  4. Clov!s


    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 16,133


    Affinity photo too.
  5. EGuitarStar

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 23, 2009

    Posts: 2,379

    Location: Earth

    Luminar by Skylim is widely popular and it is not expensive. It currently doesn't have file management but I've read this will be introduced for free in a December update.
  6. mid_gen


    Joined: Dec 20, 2004

    Posts: 7,946

    Location: Düsseldorf

    Nothing is really as good as Lightroom imo....but since I'm all Sony now (RX100 and A7), I've switched to Capture One, as it's free for Sony users.

    Lightroom subscriptions can do one.
  7. MartinPrince


    Joined: Aug 14, 2018

    Posts: 214

    Have a look at DXO Photolab. Works great with RAW files and its Prime noise reduction is second to none. Doesn't support Fuji cameras apparently though.
  8. Marlie


    Joined: Mar 8, 2010

    Posts: 155

    Are you sure Capture One is free for Sony users? Ive heard its just discounted?
  9. mid_gen


    Joined: Dec 20, 2004

    Posts: 7,946

    Location: Düsseldorf

    Hmm looks like they've changed things up with v12, so there's now a paid tier for Sony users.

    The Sony Express version still looks pretty decent.
  10. Minstadave


    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

    Posts: 23,493

    Location: Rutland

    Watching this with interest. Not sure Adobe CC is great value at the monthly rate. Occaionally the year subscription comes up on Amazon for an OK deal but missed it this year.
  11. Spleen Sauce


    Joined: Jan 16, 2005

    Posts: 906

    Location: UK

    Capture One Pro 12 isn't cheap but it is worth it - some of the masking features are absolutely superb.
  12. antc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 23, 2005

    Posts: 1,724

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    Usually comes up discounted on Black Friday and over Christmas. I got it on BF for £75 I think it was. But I am also interested in other alternatives without monthly subs so watching with interest.


    Joined: Nov 9, 2009

    Posts: 17,720

    Location: Planet Earth

  14. And


    Joined: Dec 7, 2002

    Posts: 715

    LR I can live without, PS on the other hand... I tend to use Canon DPP for raw conversion (or ACR for some stuff) but it all gets finished up in PS.
  15. rodders

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 14, 2004

    Posts: 1,310

    I quite like ON1, 2019 has been released, but obviously is another cost on what's I've paid already. But feel like I'm stuck with lightroom as have been using it for so long.

    I don't really use PS, wish they did a more suitable pagacke for what I need.

    Now Flickr has started to charge, I wish I could have lightroom and 1TB of space for the same price and dump Flickr
  16. Donnie Fisher


    Joined: Jun 22, 2018

    Posts: 120

    I'm trying to wean myself off lightroom and have gone back to canon DPP for the general photo management aspects and then affinity photo for the more complex editing. I like that DPP saves it's edits right into the files aswell.

    Lightroom appears to have an edge though in performance over dpp when browsing large amounts of images, but I just want away from the subscription model.
  17. robj20


    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 6,741

    Location: Manchester

    I'm liking Capture One. I have the express version as it's free for Sony cameras. I find it better in every way to lightroom.
  18. Funky-Melon


    Joined: Jan 26, 2018

    Posts: 302

    Location: Southampton

    Another vote for DXO, been using it for a few years and as said above, the PRIME noise reduction is second to none.