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Does Loupedeck+ offer any usefulness for a hobbyist?
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May 3, 2019 05:00:19   #
SonoraDick
 
I've been reading comments about the Loupedeck+. It seems that the most common and strongest praise is from heavy users who edit hundreds and possibly thousands of photos at a time. They're happy because the unit saves them considerable amounts of time.

I'm just an amateur, a hobbyist. I use Lightroom regularly but seldom edit more than eight or ten photos in a single day. They're usually from three or four separate and distinct albums, perhaps taken months or years apart, so there isn't a common edit that could be applied to every photo.

Does anybody whose use of Lightroom is similar to mine use the Loupedeck? I'm intrigued by gadgets, so much of my intrigue may be due to the fact that this is something new and different. Saving some time would be nice but I'd be more interested if somebody said that it really is easier and more precise using the dials than Lightroom's sliders. Since there's 10% discount currently offered to Adobe CC subscribers, the price is a little more palatable now (but still pretty high!).

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May 4, 2019 06:04:27   #
tcthome (a regular here)
 
I shouldn't say anything because I haven't used it. But my opinion after watching some reviews on u tube, is its a gadget/gimmick. I would have to actually see somebody use it thru an entire edit to believe its any good

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May 4, 2019 07:00:30   #
Dngallagher
 
SonoraDick wrote:
I've been reading comments about the Loupedeck+. It seems that the most common and strongest praise is from heavy users who edit hundreds and possibly thousands of photos at a time. They're happy because the unit saves them considerable amounts of time.

I'm just an amateur, a hobbyist. I use Lightroom regularly but seldom edit more than eight or ten photos in a single day. They're usually from three or four separate and distinct albums, perhaps taken months or years apart, so there isn't a common edit that could be applied to every photo.

Does anybody whose use of Lightroom is similar to mine use the Loupedeck? I'm intrigued by gadgets, so much of my intrigue may be due to the fact that this is something new and different. Saving some time would be nice but I'd be more interested if somebody said that it really is easier and more precise using the dials than Lightroom's sliders. Since there's 10% discount currently offered to Adobe CC subscribers, the price is a little more palatable now (but still pretty high!).
I've been reading comments about the Loupedeck+. I... (show quote)


FWIW - I am a serious amateur and when I saw the loupedeck I thought wow, I want that, as I waited for it to become available I figured out how to program my iPad to have the same functionality over WiFi with Lightroom.

I spent many hours getting 6 screens filled with sliders, rotary dials and push buttons that handled every adjustment available in Lightroom.

The actual cost was minimal for the programming app and Lightroom plugin, and the end product works very well allowing editing of an image.

It is interesting and fun to watch the sliders and setting dials move automatically to reflect the selected image as they update on the iPad for sure as an image is selected, but the fact is that after all that work, I hardly ever use it to actually edit any images!

If Loupedeck reduces its price to maybe 29.99 I would buy one!

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May 4, 2019 07:30:45   #
bikerguy
 
I am not a user of Loupedeck. However, I have considered it. If I finally want to go with a system like that I would go with the Midi2LR open software and the Berhinger X-Touch Mini, it is only about $50 and you can set it up however you want. To date, I have not convinced myself that I need it. Maybe one day I will have LR GAS and do it.

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May 4, 2019 08:03:22   #
Dngallagher
 
Dngallagher wrote:
FWIW - I am a serious amateur and when I saw the loupedeck I thought wow, I want that, as I waited for it to become available I figured out how to program my iPad to have the same functionality over WiFi with Lightroom.

I spent many hours getting 6 screens filled with sliders, rotary dials and push buttons that handled every adjustment available in Lightroom.

The actual cost was minimal for the programming app and Lightroom plugin, and the end product works very well allowing editing of an image.

It is interesting and fun to watch the sliders and setting dials move automatically to reflect the selected image as they update on the iPad for sure as an image is selected, but the fact is that after all that work, I hardly ever use it to actually edit any images!

If Loupedeck reduces its price to maybe 29.99 I would buy one!
FWIW - I am a serious amateur and when I saw the l... (show quote)


BTW - here is 1 screen from my iPad using Midi designer and a plugin for Lightroom. It’s a neat toy and useable.

The plugin is Midi2Lr.


(Download)

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May 4, 2019 09:20:51   #
brooklyn-camera I
 
https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-XTOUCHMINI-BEHRINGER-X-TOUCH-MINI/dp/B013JLZCLS

Have been using to speed up editing of hockey and football games. Each game has from 350-500 photos to run through. You can set if up for whatever you want it to do.
Takes a bit of time to set up but time well spent.

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May 4, 2019 10:28:27   #
johntaylor333
 
I am an amateur, but go on long trips, typically returning with 2,000-4,000 photos.

I find LoupeDeck very useful. My workflow is to first apply my standard preset that increases mid-range contrast and adds a bit of sharpening, vibrance, clarity, saturation, etc. Then I do a quick (!!) pass through the pictures rating 1-5 stars. 1 stars are deleted, 2 stars are not looked at again. Then the 3 stars are gone through, primarily to assign 4 or 5 stars to some, but also to downgrade duplicates to 2 stars.

When I have a manageable number (typically around 500-600), I edit each of them for exposure, contrast, white, black, shadow, highlights as these are all individual knobs. I also do straightening, cropping, rotating, white balance etc.

I find the LoupeDeck saves me a lot of time. I do wish it had more dedicated knobs (for dehaze) and innovative ways to speed up cropping, spot removal, adjustment brush, etc.

It was well worth the $219 for me.

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May 4, 2019 20:40:50   #
applepie1951
 
I don’t use Loupedeck but I use Palette Gear which does the same as Loupedeck and when I’m over seas and photograph over 100 shots of models I find the Palette Gear saves me hours of editing time and you can program it to fit your needs, I’m considering getting the Loupe Deck any tool that saves me editing time and works is for me, it’s a great tool love it.

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May 5, 2019 10:30:00   #
RonBoyd
 
johntaylor333 wrote:
I am an amateur, but go on long trips, typically returning with 2,000-4,000 photos.
I find LoupeDeck very useful. …

I find the LoupeDeck saves me a lot of time. I do wish it had more dedicated knobs (for dehaze) and innovative ways to speed up cropping, spot removal, adjustment brush, etc.

This defines me exactly.

I have yet to use all of the dedicated adjustment controls... there are so many. In any event, I have the D1 knob dedicated to the "Dehaze" adjustment.

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May 5, 2019 10:41:21   #
Dngallagher
 
SonoraDick wrote:
I've been reading comments about the Loupedeck+. It seems that the most common and strongest praise is from heavy users who edit hundreds and possibly thousands of photos at a time. They're happy because the unit saves them considerable amounts of time.

I'm just an amateur, a hobbyist. I use Lightroom regularly but seldom edit more than eight or ten photos in a single day. They're usually from three or four separate and distinct albums, perhaps taken months or years apart, so there isn't a common edit that could be applied to every photo.

Does anybody whose use of Lightroom is similar to mine use the Loupedeck? I'm intrigued by gadgets, so much of my intrigue may be due to the fact that this is something new and different. Saving some time would be nice but I'd be more interested if somebody said that it really is easier and more precise using the dials than Lightroom's sliders. Since there's 10% discount currently offered to Adobe CC subscribers, the price is a little more palatable now (but still pretty high!).
I've been reading comments about the Loupedeck+. I... (show quote)


FWIW:

Lately I have found that my editing has changed from 80-90% Lightroom and 10-20% Photoshop to 70-80% Photoshop and 20-30% Lightroom, especially since DeNoise A.I. does not lose EXIF data in Photoshop like it does when used from Lightroom.

For me, everything still begins and ends in Lightroom, but with each editing session I am in Photoshop more and more, so even thinking of redoing my iPad midi controller for Lightroom editing would be a waste.

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May 5, 2019 11:16:06   #
RonBoyd
 
Dngallagher wrote:
FWIW:

Lately I have found that my editing has changed from 80-90% Lightroom and 10-20% Photoshop to 70-80% Photoshop and 20-30% Lightroom, especially since DeNoise A.I. does not lose EXIF data in Photoshop like it does when used from Lightroom.

For me, everything still begins and ends in Lightroom, but with each editing session I am in Photoshop more and more, so even thinking of redoing my iPad midi controller for Lightroom editing would be a waste.

Loupedeck supports a wide range of Adobe products including Photoshop.

https://loupedeck.com/

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May 5, 2019 12:14:36   #
Dngallagher
 
RonBoyd wrote:
Loupedeck supports a wide range of Adobe products including Photoshop.

https://loupedeck.com/


I have looked at Loupedeck since it was offered as a preorder... while I think it is a neat tool that fills a need, I just can't bring myself to pay 200.00 for it. A Behringer mini costs less and using Midi2LR plugin and Midi Designer for my iPad was about 25.00 I believe...

I was thinking about possibly coding a midi controller for my iPad to go with Photoshop, not sure how that would work out yet...

Thanks.

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May 5, 2019 15:32:19   #
SonoraDick
 
Dngallagher wrote:


If Loupedeck reduces its price to maybe 29.99 I would buy one!


It does indeed seem pricey.

Thanks for your comment, and telling how you made your iPad work in a similar fashion.

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