Is anybody using this? LightZoneproject.org

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igaleian
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Is anybody using this? LightZoneproject.org
9 months ago

?Is anybody using this?

look at LightZone an open source alternative to LightRoom http://www.lightzoneproject.org

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I don't  use it. In fact, never heard of it before your post. What does it do? Unfortunately the web site does not give much information.

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similar to lightroom

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Lightzone keeps crashing on my system.

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Hi, Gary
In reply to Gary Waugh, 9 months ago

Have you contacted us about this?  Did we miss responding?  If so, I'm very sorry  We'd very much like to help.  we'd need details of your system, & etc.

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Weeeelll, yes and no
In reply to igaleian, 9 months ago

Lightroom (LR) is better in these ways that stand out:

  • Far more robust DAM. For an all-purpose program LR has few peers.
  • because it's Adobe, there's far more support in every way, including a huge user community, lots of books, Adobe itself, & etc.
  • LR is not some squirrely, utopian, open source project run by a bunch of volunteers who have day jobs, for those of you who hate that sort of thing and prefer to be with a solid, well funded and established corporation that does business the old fashioned way: by making money.
  • LR is quicker to update raw profiles.
  • LR has better color correction tools for precise correction (using Color Checker Passport) for repro, product photography. It is great for this.
  • LR is perhaps easier to use for selective editing of small details through its brush protocols
  • LR accepts plug-ins and external editors (including LightZone)
  • LR is more like other programs and vice versa, so it's familiar
  • Right now, LR appears to have pulled ahead of LIghtZone in highlight recovery. We'll be working on that!
  • LR has lens corrections and LightZone does not---yet! We are working on that now.
  • and more

LightZone (LZ) is better in these ways:

  • It's free.
  • It's not Adobe, for all you Adobe-haters out there, or those of you who no longer trust them.
  • It's open source, for those of you who like that.  We are a community, corny as that sounds---but it's true.
  • LZ is different---for those of you who find the standard sort of software operations and UI grating.
  • As above, it is pretty intuitive (which is why there aren't tons of books & etc on it.  Although we have created more than 3 hours of tutorial videos ourselves, and there are probably another 2 hours on YouTube created by others.
  • It's easier to jump right into editing an image with LZ, because you don't have libraries and catalogs to deal with--just the files you already have on your computer.
  • LZ has unique contrast control tools that can do wonders---close to single image HDR
  • LZ does great selective editing throughout the editing process, and its tools for this feel a bit like darkroom dogging and burning.  Effects can be more natural more easily.
  • LZ is great for B&W conversions.
  • LZ has a unique way to schedule/use tools in whatever order you want---and then to rearrange them if you wish
  • LZ's tool all have individual blending modes and 2 tool tabs, which exponentially amplify each tool's power to selectively edit only portions of your image, including just a range of tonalities or colors you select.
  • LZ's tools can be turned on and off at will, making it easy to do both color and B+W versions of an image simultaneously(in the editing session)
  • LZ allows for lots of easy DIY---including your own raw profiles.
  • and more

And you can always use it with LR

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mmmm, There's a fair amount of info on the website.../nt
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Re: mmmm, There's a fair amount of info on the website.../nt
In reply to tex, 9 months ago

I've used with MI FZ100. Then its development was stoped so I migrated to LR.
it has come from the death as lighzombie project and now it has become opensource...

It is a great piece of software with a really good workflow.. and good presets.
But is very hardware consuming.. you need a very powerful CPU not to suffer some lags specially if you use some noise reduction filter (imagine this with the FZ100)...
and was 32bit only.
Last time I checked it it didn't support FZ200 raw files so I leaved it for god..

I miss it's way of segmenting (masking) the image to apply filters by colour or brightness ...

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Re: Weeeelll, yes and no
In reply to tex, 9 months ago

many thanks for the detailed reply.

Ian

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