A few months ago, I made the momentous decision to stop shooting in RAW, storing my gargantuan photo files on a bulky 4TB storage device and editing in Lightroom. The complete reverse of how every photographer progresses, I know. I started using the application with much trepidation, as I worried (some may say obsessed) my photo quality would suffer if I did not use the professional tools. Here’s the thing – I couldn’t be happier with the decision.
With the new Apple Photos, the editing tools are all I need. El Capitan has introduced a new layer, allowing third-party extensions, which I intend to explore. However, my trusty Fuji x100s takes fantastic photos in JPG and automatically adjusts the color which typically look fantastic without editing. RAW takes them differently and actually requires editing.
The photo above was actually taken on a work trip in a little grocery store in Duck, NC. Having a portable camera makes on-the-go random shots easy, and making the decision to go to a smaller mirrorless (but still high quality) camera from the bulky DSLR is another backwards step I feel has made my photos superior.
I’m not an expert in post production nor do I have the time. The simplicity of it all: importing photos, having them sync directly with the Cloud so they are backed up, having access to them on all of my devices, easy to share with friends / family, and great editing tools is a winning combination.
Have you tried any of the extensions? I’d love a recommendation.