Tag: Non-destructive editing

How many Virtual Copies do you have in Lightroom?

Virtual Copies are really useful. They let you try out a whole load of different processing variations on a single image without having to create new files, saving time and disk space in the process and keeping all your adjustments ‘editable’. But there are drawbacks too. One this that none of your edits are visible outside of your Lightroom catalog. Like all non-destructive editing processes they rely on proprietary data that makes no sense to any other program. If you want to be able to share your images with other users or applications, you have to export them as...

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The ticking time-bomb of non-destructive editing

I had a horrible thought today. Like everyone else, I’ve been saying non-destructive editing is fantastic. It’s smart, it’s efficient, and it changes the way we work. It’s the most important innovation in digital imaging this century… But wait a minute. What if I had to stop using Lightroom or Aperture tomorrow? How many images have I non-destructively enhanced in these applications, and what would happen to them? I also use Capture One and DxO Optics Pro, so how many more ‘virtual adjustments’ have I applied in these programs, too? The trouble with non-destructive adjustments is that they’re proprietary....

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