Sam just got an iMac and wants to know what's the best software for editing photos. Leo says the best bet is to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers. For $10 a month, he'll get full versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It's a great deal. Lightroom is the standard. Sam should also check out Apple Photos. It's a great way to start out. Leo also recommends Skylum (formerly MacFun) Luminar, which is $59.
Jody has an old iMac with a 2.66GHz dual core processor. Leo says that's still a useful computer, even with its age. Jody says Lightroom stalls on it. Leo says that's more the fault of Lightroom. But a new iMac would also give him a larger screen and far more accurate color depiction. A new iMac will still have its hands full with Lightroom because its just a pig with memory resources. It's poorly written for today's modern platforms. Here's what to try before Jody buys a new iMac: Install a Solid State Drive (SSD). That will speed up the performance dramatically.
Brian is a photographer and he's rather down about the fact that Adobe Lightroom is about to drastically change with mandatory cloud storage and subscription rates. It has a lot of pros looking for alternatives. Leo says that it's a shame that Adobe is changing what was an excellent app for photography workflow.
Chris says that Adobe has shifted development for Adobe Lightroom in favor of the Creative Cloud version called Lightroom Classic CC. They are going to put out Lightroom Classic which will have more limited features and they want users to live and work in the cloud. It's a disappointing development. Leo also says he doesn't like that Lightroom Classic doesn't have a histogram now, and that's a deal breaker.
Todd has a Canon 5D Mk. III and he has been shooting JPG. He's starting to shoot RAW now and needs a program to edit them. Leo says the 5D Mk. III allows him to shoot RAW + JPG. That's pretty good because it gives him the option of either. RAW gives him a lot of latitude for color correction and post processing and Adobe Lightroom works great for converting it. It also has a simple workflow.
Chris liked Apple's iPhoto, but he doesn't care for Photos. Leo says that Apple has tried to fix something that wasn't broken. There are alternatives including Adobe Lightroom, but Chris doesn't want to pay $20 a month to use that. Leo says that there's a lot of good reasons to use Lightroom including being able to sync with his iPad. It's what Apple Photos should be. But for some reason, Apple just doesn't really get cloud based apps like they should.
Ron is having problems with the Yosemite upgrade, which has messed up his image organization. Leo says that happened when Apple moved from iPhotos to Apple Photos. It's a mess. He's also having issues with iOS 9 on his iPhone. Leo says that unfortunately, it's Apple's way or the highway, and users who just go with the flow usually have less of a problem with it.
Ruben is backing up his photos with his 2TB hard drives and he's wanting to organize it according to Leo's suggestions. What's the best way to organize them? Leo says he uses Adobe Lightroom and he has it set to import photos according to year, month, and day. That way he can easily go to the exact date to find photos. Then, from now on, it'll import according to that structure. He can use tags in Lightroom to further organize it to make it far easier to search. Lightroom also has an iPad app to sync collections to.
Pat has been making videos of his trips along with images that he's taken. He uses Paintshop Pro and nobody supports it anymore. Leo says it's high time to upgrade to Adobe Lightroom. Paint Shop Pro is well over a decade old and sooner or later, a company is going to stop supporting it, called "end of life." Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom is best designed for that. Even Photoshop Elements will get him mostly there. Better yet, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers subscription is only $20 a month.
Ken is getting a new camera and computer. He also wants to know about the future of Apple's Aperture. Leo says that Aperture has been killed off by Apple. Adobe Lightroom is a good alternative, but Apple's new Photos app is pretty powerful. It's certainly worth giving it a try before putting down $10 a month to run Lightroom. He could also just keep using Aperture since he already has it. It won't be updated, but that's not necessarily a big deal. It won't stop working.