Wednesday, October 23

So You Want to Share Photos - Here's How

Just filling my free retirement time to reflect on how I share photos and wanted to summarize what I know is available, what I have used and how those I use work for me. Links to sites or my own site links are offered. Remember: this is my Notebook (haha).

Easy Peasy Decent Free Photo Editor

I always enjoy reviewing photo applications to see what the industry is putting effort into and what different developers view as important for their customers. Today I reviewed Fotor Photo Editor. It is available free for Windows, Mac, iOS, and the Web. Overall conclusion: decent editor, many features and fairly straight forward to use and great for those that want a simple editor that does a good job. 

Information and Download links:
User Guide 
Fotor for Windows 
Fotor for Mac 
Fotor for iOS 

Tuesday, October 1

Software Reflection; Lightroom and Luminar

Here are my 'reflections' or thoughts of Lightroom and Luminar. It is NOT a 'versus' review, just how I currently use and IMO what is most useful. The bottom line - I use (and will continue to use) both. If I had to choose one - it would be Lightroom since my familiarity and time is with Lightroom. If Luminar duplicates Adobe's Library data management features, I could leave Lightroom. (Note: my recent correspondence with a web Lightroom and Luminar instructor hinted - "use both - features of Luminar and the Library of Lightroom").

Lightroom: (my go-to software)
... My only tool to import and initiate post-processing, keyword, vet, and level
... Library and data management features are the best - easy to find anything
... Crop and Straighten tools much easier and visually better
... Adobe is expanding Color, Creative, B&W Presets - and they are pretty good
... Does not have layers - but not a deal-breaker for me
... 6-month learning curve BUT 'tons' of videos and groups etc for learning
... Can't beat their free websites/blogs - My Portfolio, Adobe Spark, Albums
... Lightroom Mobile 

Luminar: (my extra enhancement software)
... Can be a stand-alone or used as a Plug-in
... Reasonably priced 
... Data management - okay (but Lightroom is the best)
... Maintains file location when file moved in Finder/Explorer or application
... Presets are good - use as a 1st start or final 'what if I used this'
... Erase tool does a cleaner erase than Lightroom
... Has Layers features like Photoshop
... B&W features and other tools great
... If it had the same search features/options as Lr, I could go either way
... (update) With the AI Sky Replacement feature in Luminar 4, I am excited