Bob Rockefeller Photography

DAM in Lightroom from Aperture


If you’d like to start a online firestorm, opening a topic on the Luminous Landscape Lightroom forum will work. My move from Aperture to Lightroom offered the occasion for me to review and potentially revise my photo storage organization. So I started a thread there to see how others using Lightroom organized their libraries.

Lightroom LogoBefore all the arguing started, I did get some useful input. The original “bible” for digital asset management (DAM) is Peter Krogh’s excellent The DAM Book; the latest version focuses specifically on Lightroom 5. I read that and felt comfortable with the concepts, but wasn’t sure I liked the strictly date-based “storage layer.”

My system in Aperture was created with projects grouped in folders by location. While there were some exceptions, the bulk of my photos were in this folder-by-location hierarchy. So pictures taken while I was in downtown Savannah, Georgia ended up in the project Georgia > Savannah > Downtown (in Aperture, all images are in a project).

A Camera Can Be Too Small


My extended experiment with the very nice Olympus OM-D E-M1 has come to an end. After a plenty of use both around town and on vacation I’ve come to conclude that its major benefit is also a disadvantage.

OM-D EM-1The E-M1’s small size and high quality images put it in the same class as the FujiFilm X-T1 and the available lenses are excellent and competitive with anyone’s. But in the end it is human hands and fingers that have to operate the camera and I find that this class of camera is just too small.

From an image quality standpoint, I could hardly have asked anything more from its 16 megapixel sensor. While physics doesn’t let the four thirds sensor exactly match the dynamic range and pure technical quality of a 35mm sensor, it was, as they say, more than good enough.

Back To Lightroom


Capture One Pro LogoCapture One Pro (C1) is a solid RAW converter with superior image adjustment features. In fact, I like that part of it better than the equivalent features in either Aperture, DxO Optics Pro or Lightroom. There are also a number of options for customizing the interface to match your own working style. Unfortunately, other key features supporting the editor are not yet competitive.

I depend on a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system to organize and retrieve images and in C1, the Catalog is just too immature. PhaseOne also develops Media Pro and perhaps, over time, the features of that venerable DAM will begin showing up in C1. I sure hope so.

Capture One Pro Film Styles


Some photographers yearn for the days of film in this digital age. For those folks, Aperture and Lightroom have had a number of preset packs that emulate the look of a wide range of popular films from the time you could still buy those films. One of the most popular makers of such film packs has been VSCO (Visual Supply Company).

Capture One Film StylesCapture One users need not feel completely left out because Capture One Styles is offering their own set of styles that emulate many old films. The full 100 style set is $49.00. As a way to see if these style might fit your needs, you can download a set of 5 styles for free.

The folks at Capture One Styles sent me their complete set to try out and report on. Here’s what I learned.

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