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  1. I mean it is the best related to many factors. The tools it provides for color adjustments are more advanced and refined than any other commercial RAW development program (in the PRO version). The advanced Color Editor and Skin Color tabs are unique in the selection and adjustment of colors which you can then combine with tools that are similar to other programs (Levels with RGB and Luma, Levels) and it has a color wheel section similar to class leading Video Color Grading options. The other tools just feel more refined than other options. Capture One also creates a better starting point when working with a file. They simply have better camera profiles than the competition. Noise reduction isn't the best (but the current C1-20 is better than v13 was) and better than most of the competition. Though noise reduction is really more relevant for people shooting with lower end cameras or in very low light and not able to control the light. Capture One will give you no only the best place to start with a RAW file, but also a better end result (assuming you know what you are doing). Especially if you have the pro version and dive into Layers. RAW processing is the most important step in getting a great image after it has been taken, and not getting the best result there will compromise your ability to get the best edit in Affinity in my experience. I export in "16 bit TIFF"uncompressed (then the ICC Profile will depend on the color space you want to work in) format out of Capture One into Affinity Photo, this provides a "lossless" version and the best quality for Affinity to work with.
  2. No affiliation and I've never used it so no clue if it even works. That said, you might reasearch this:
  3. If you shoot Nikon, drop what you are doing and grab the Free Nikon Express for Capture One. Capture One is the best RAW development software. The Express version will get your started (and for free) and if you like what it does the paid - Pro Nikon for Full Capture One (if you shoot different camera systems) are then options that offer more advanced control and features. I've tried all the RAW converters on the Market (and own most of them), Capture One is the most refined and professional for RAW development. It is nice that Affinity has the development persona built in, but I never use it expecting to get world class results. Maybe they will create a fully developed RAW editing program down the line. As for the millions of answers/opinions....this is true. But If everyone was gifed a copy of each platform, I don't think you would have many that do not choose C1 if they are stirictly developing the RAW adn then exporting into a pixel based editor such as Affinity Photo. Other options exist on the market becuase C1 is expensive, and some people want cheap and also options to put creative effects on an image (beyond just color grading) without leaving the application. Darktable is nice for a free program, but it feels VERY clunky compared to C1.
  4. I've seen a couple "flash" sales on it since C1 - 20 came out. I really hope they get on the loyalty discount train, as the upgrade prices are usually ridiculously close to that to add minimal features. $180 is indeed one of the better deals I've seen on it. It is also in line with there is likley a new version ready to drop in about 3 months...just far enough out that one would still have to pay the $120-150 upgrade cost ($120 if they do another pre-order type of deal - where you don't even know what you will be getting) If Darktable could speed up the processing speed, and simplify the toolset and layout, it woudl be a much easier "sell" but as it is, feels more like for advanced users that also don't need a speedy workflow. It can produce great results, but feels like it takes a lot more time and effort to get there.
  5. Your understanding of catalog vs sessions is indeed the basic idea. As for the value, it is all relative. I own and use Capture One. However, $600 for 3 years of use/updates is not "cost effective" according to the average user. It is very difficult to get high paying photography work these days to offset that kind of cost. Even Adobe is cheaper over 3 years by a large margin $360. And there are alternatives such as On1, Luminar, etc that are cheaper than that. And those that are serious hobbiests not making money from photography, that is very serious money for software. I'm not going to say it isn't worth it, as I think it is amazing. But it lacks quite a few niceties (HDR, Focus Stacking, etc) and it is one of the most expesnive opitons on the market. If you plan to buy a camera and use that camera for say 8 years and not update the software...yeah, $300 is fairly reasonable. For most users, I think it is tough pill to swallow. The yearly upgrade costs more than most compettors buying the product outright. The feature set they added from v12 to v20 at launch were frankly very minimal, and I expect the same next year with a heafty upgrade tag on it. They did add one decent update during the year (and I could mention some bugs introduced in 12 to 20 that are pretty annoying.....but overall the updates they make each year are not jaw dropping, and not inline with the added cost to stay current (and the ability to use newer camera bodies with it). And if you skip a year for updates, the update price goes up even more for when you do.... $200.
  6. Wow, those are frantastic. I own a vintage tobacco burst Les Paul, and other than the zebra pickups (vs. silver) that actaully looks super close to the "real thing" Gold tophat knobs and all. Stat looks spot on as well. Way more impressive than I expcted (as a long time guitar player) when I saw the thread title. Well done!
  7. All depends on what your needs are Capture ONe is a better RAW processing program than LR, ask anyone that is a pro and used both and they will tell you the same. The teathered capture is also class leading. The File management side of the program is debatable. I prefer to work in sessions, so can't compare the idea of working with an insanely sized single catalog. I'm not convinced on the whole "integrated" approach between LR and PS, it isn't that much different than what can be done with C1 and Affinity (or a few other DAM type of programs on the market) that allow you to open up a raw file. There are even free options that are very capable. DarkTable being one of them. Jumping ship from LR the only challenge there is deep legacy users that have a catalog and massive amounts of Presets adn settings that won't translate. Anyone jumping in from new, I don't see the point of using LR if you don't want to. That said, Capture One is not a cost effective alternative (unless you only use one single camera brand and one of these Sony, Nikon, Fuji, or PhaseOne). If you use a cross section of brands....the $300 entry point and annual updates that are in the $150 range puts it at the top of the market...which performace wise, it certainly is.
  8. The background music here itself is actually just fine and quite tasteful. The only issue is the mix between the background and the voice. The background music is louder than it should be, and it ends up feeling like it isn't background music. A little background music is far less distracting than a poorly recorded dialog only track....and that is far more common on youtube. (I'm a professional recording engineer)
  9. 78deluxe

    FontExplorer X

    MAC only and $99? Honestly, no thanks.
  10. I am also on Windows (I use all the apps, but was most interested in Photo Desktop). Thanks.
  11. The Adjustment layer tools allow adding presets (which then show up in the Adjustment Panel under the tool name). However, there is no obvious way to export them. It can be very time consuming creating good usable presents (gradient maps, selective color, etc) and is a major burden to replicate. Is there a way to transfer between computers? I'm generally thinking personal use here, but I think there would be major benefits to the community to also be able to import/export Adjustment Presets.
  12. Thanks. Not interested in a subscription and it also doens't apear to support Affinity color palette exports from what the site suggests. And this is also a non-starter for me: Your device information is required to judge the validity of the device when it is activated and every time the software is opened after activation. If we cannot obtain your device information, the software cannot be activated, nor can it pass the authorized verification. There are several possible reasons why the device information cannot be acquired:
  13. Looks interesting but I don't see a link, and the only think I found on a google search ended up with a dead link.
  14. All these Macros are for the "function/purpose" of changing the look of the image. Much like a preset works. If you look in the last image in the OP, and compare that to yoru own results with them, I think you will find any sort of description of what they do doesn't provide a whole lot of value.
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