I will stick with Lightroom Classic for now

I prefer using Capture One Pro for editing images. I like the flexible export options allowing variables in filenames and the way I can run a bunch of different “recipes” at once. I like the fancy color editor. I like layers. I like the way it tethers. I like the “professional” connotations that come with it. And I really like not being pinned to an Adobe subscription.

But, I don’t like those things enough to justify living without the ecosystem available with Lightroom Classic. Things like Jeffrey Friedl’s plugins. Or Negative Lab Pro, or all the Mastin Labs options. Or the thousands of websites, blogs, and YouTube videos supporting Lightroom workflows.

I prefer my files local and with my own folder hierarchy, so I don’t mind that Lightroom CC can automatically sync my iPhone photos to Lightroom Classic, where I can move and rename them as I like.

I like exporting directly to services like Flickr and SmugMug.

Classic does a fine job with the actual business of editing. It does, in my opinion, a better job with DAM.

Keywording and metadata management is just lightly easier in Lightroom.

If I’m honest, most of the things I think I prefer in Capture One are hypothetical. I don’t actually use them much. I like the idea of Capture One, but I’m better off when using Lightroom.

That’s my story as of Sunday, August 25, 2019.


State of the System – Spring 2019

I’m exhausted.

I’ve been tweaking my “workflows” again since the beginning of the year. I started with just bare-bones Emacs and a web browser. I kept fiddling and somehow ended up with a super-cool-but-disasterous combination of Curio, BBEdit, Tinderbox, TheBrain, and DEVONthink. Each of them is awesome, but I end up not knowing where to put anything. Finally, I tired of the entire process and burned it down. I am starting fresh.

I’ve been here before, of course, but here we are.

I thought I’d record my (new) current system so that we all have something specific to make fun of next time I change everything…again.

Writing: Ulysses

Blog posts, project notes, proposals, newsletters, meeting agendas, etc. all go in Ulysses. Once I permit myself to ignore the fact that everything I put in Ulysses goes into a database, Ulysses is my favorite. Here’s why…

  • It looks good
  • It’s feature-rich
  • It can publish to WordPress.
  • It has Groups and Smart Groups. Hierarchy fits my brain better than just tags (see Bear).
  • Extensive export options
  • Very good search
  • Comes with my SetApp subscription

Note Taking: Apple Notes

Quick notes, lists, reference notes go in Apple Notes. Notes isn’t as fancy as Bear but if I put stuff in Bear it makes me overthink it and then I’m back wondering why I’m using that and Ulysses. Apple Notes is simple and everywhere and I can share notes or scribble on it quickly with the Pencil. It’s plenty good enough for jotting things down.

Task Management: Things 3

I waffle here quite often, mostly because I love Org-mode so much. But then Emacs eats everything and suddenly I’m painfully managing email, notes, and journaling with it and hating myself because I can’t decide between my DIY configuration or Spacemacs and I should learn Lisp etc. Way too many rabbit holes with Emacs. OmniFocus is a good option too, but I’m not in the mood to tweak things, so Things it is.

Text Editing/Coding: BBEdit

I’ve been using BBEdit for so long and with such success that it’s foolish to look elsewhere. Again, Emacs could rule here if I felt like dedicating large swaths of my time to tweaking it. Of course I don’t have to tweak it, but that’s not possible for me. VSCode is nice, but it’s just too much, somehow. If I were a full-time programmer, this section might look different, but for now it’s BBEdit.

Journaling: Day One

Day One is so good at journaling it seems silly to try anything else. And yet, I try using org-journal, Tinderbox, VSCode Journal, Diarly, MacJournal, and so on. I spend half the time trying to make whatever I’m using more like Day One. It’s crazy-making. So now I’m just using Day One. It hasn’t let me down in years. Works great on iOS. I also love the books I can order from a Day One journal.

That’s it. For now.

UPDATE 2019.05.10: The above is almost completely incorrect as of this afternoon. Sigh.