RAW PROCESSING AND THE JOURNEY IS THE JOURNEY THAT NEVER REALLY ENDS

The first thing you have to understand is that each raw developing program is going to give a slightly different look meaning that one may be sharper or more saturated or a bit more OR LESS contrast or for that matter even show a variance in tone, meaning brightness and darkness overall and in highlights and shadows.  That means finding one or two that actually give you what you originally envisioned to some degree can be a challenge.  That does not mean that one is not as good as another. It means that it will ultimately be up to your likes and dislikes.
I should note that I do not work with Jpeg files.  I do all my post processing on Raw files and it is important to keep in mind that while the images that come out of almost all cameras today are wonderful and acceptable, they still require post-processing to get the full potential from the data within the images.
I worked with software on both the iPad and the Mac. Here are the ones I used on the Mac. Rated 1 thru 10 stars.
  • Polarr**********+++++(10)Great local and global control, a multitude of creative effects, simple to use, stays out of the way.  Has a sister or brother program that is virtually identical on the iPad tablets.
  • Picktorial 3.0**********+++++(10)Simple to use, great global control, almost perfect local controls, bet customer support of any company out there.  They actually listen and fix what might not be quite right almost overnight.
  • Capture One*******(7)Steep learning curve but does a great job
  • Luminar ***(3) too much going on and too heavy-handed but it is packed with very creative features and controls for both global and local adjustment.  I personally have found it very slow in loading images and over cooked in colors and saturation
  • Iridient Developer***(3)superb image processing, but no local adjustments
  • On1 Photo Raw-*(-1) Nicely featured, too much going on, crashes when you dare to look away because the company has no concept as to what is a finished product and what stays in beta forever.  They want customers to pay for the privilege of experimenting with a not ready for prime time product, paying for it and walking away with less than predictable results.
  • Adobe Lightroom CC*(1) Overbearing company who wants to control every aspect of one’s digital life including where images are stored and how Adobe will use them.  Reasonably good image processor but has not kept up with technology and overall is more marketing hype than processing quality and has spent the last few years having difficulty remember which lies they have told.

As for the Apple Ipad pro and the pencil for the Ipad pro and with the advancement to IOS eleven, the world of image processing on a tablet has changed forever.  For many, it can replace the Macbook and Macbook pro but for others, maybe or sort of maybe, but not totally.

Here are the apps I have investigated on the Ipad Pro 10.5.

 

  • Polarr**********+++++(10)This is a pretty complete package and mimics, for the most part, the very creative desktop application noted above.  This is the app that surprised me the most and I actually tried this before the desktop application.  What I like most is the fact I can switch between either platform and work the same way.  The program is free but does have a pay for Pro version which opens up a lot filters and the like.  It is worth the 20.00 us dollars.  Excellent learning materials…..Great tutorials.
  • Snapseed**********+++(10)This program was originally made by the great NIK company who also made the best plugins ever for image processing software.  Then out of greed and stupidity sold out to Google who went on to destroy the plugins because all they wanted to have was Snapseed.  Granted they have improved Snapseed and it really has a lot of incredible features and is nondestructive on raw images.  It is also free.  There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube. I gave it a ten because it is easy to use and very effective but only allows one to save images in small file sizes which do not lend themselves to more than a 4×6 decent looking printed images.  So while I give it a ten keep in mind that it will be primarily good for viewing on computer screens.
  • Affinity PHOTO********This app is complexIt is as complex as their desktop version and if you are looking for something that combines Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom in one product this could be it.  It has a lot of capability but it does leave you in data destruction mode when you move away from very basic adjustments which does not work for me, at least when processing a raw image.  It costs about 19.00 us dollars.  It does not keep things simple.  It does have good tutorials.
  • Enlight Photofox****(4) It is good but it is more for the person who wants to do very artistic manipulation of an image or images.  It is a quality product but in my opinion highly specialized in what it does.  But what it does it does well.  It is about 39.00 us dollar for the full version.  In my opinion, it is not worth the money for good basic image processing. It also has terrible tutorials (my opinion)
  • Apple Photo*(1) Okay but not as great as the name Apple would lead you to want to believe.  It is certainly not anywhere as good as “Aperture” which was a landmark product before Apple killed it.  Isn’t it funny how companies like Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Google suck the life out of a good product and then trash dumpster it?  (oops political statement) –  Of course, if we, did not give them all our money then they would never be as big and controlling as they are and would bend over backward to listen to us and to get our business.
  • Lightroom Mobile-*(-1) Read thoughts on Apple above.  If you do not have a creative cloud subscription of at least 9.00 us dollars per month you are locked out of important features.  And even if you subscribe, the program is broken because it has to rely on two other Adobe mobile apps for basic features that come included in other competitive apps.  It does sync with the desktop Lightroom “Classic” but it can be misleading as to how good that really is especially if you are working on a slow internet connection like in a local coffee house as an example.  It took me 2 hours to upload 9 gigs of images I had just shot from my Ipad to my desktop using Lightroom.  Adobe wants all of us to be in the cloud, totally.  And of course, they will continue to increase the cost of their cloud.  After all they have to take care of their stockholders.

As Polar is a program I would strongly recommend for the Ipad I am giving you a link below to tutorials.

LINK

and their website is here

Right now, at this moment, as I type all of this stuff above I am using:

 

ON MY MAC – PICKTORIAL 3.0, POLARR FOR THE MAC, AND POLARR FOR THE IPAD PRO.

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