One of my biggest problems when using Lightroom is just how long it takes to start viewing my images. Thankfully, ON1 Photo RAW does things a bit different.
In my normal Lightroom workflow, I normally get home from a shoot and have to instantly start uploading images and creating catalogs. The reason why I have to do this is because of just how long it takes Lightroom to import images into a catalog. If I want to be able to jump right into editing the next day, then I have to start the import process the day before and just let it run overnight. Otherwise, I would just be sitting around the next morning waiting for Lightroom to finish working.
With ON1 Photo RAW, this process is so much faster and painless. Instead of importing images and waiting for image previews to be created, ON1 uses the embedded JPEG that is part of the raw file. So when you click on a folder, the images are instantly there. This allows you to instantly start sorting through images.
When scrolling from image to image, there is no lag as the next image is brought up. This allows you to cull through images at a much faster pace. If there are a group of images you want to compare, you can easily select the group and compare to one another. This includes zooming in to check focus on all the images.
From within the browse panel, there is also a host of options for grouping and sorting your images. My favorite way is to leave all the images inside their respective folders as they are placed on the hard drive. But the cool thing with this is that I can set certain folders as a cataloged folder. This is basically like marking a folder as a favorite. This allows me to set all the photoshoots that I have to edit as a favorite so that I have a running list of what I have to do along with quick access to these specific folders.
You can also create albums based on various sets of criteria. For example, when I mark portfolio worthy images a 5-star, I can have an album created that will group all the 5-star images throughout any folder automatically. So I no longer have to rummage through Lightroom catalogs looking for my favorite images.
While a lot of these features have a respective counterpart inside Lightroom, the speed and ease of which you can perform these tasks in ON1 are on another level. I also love that I don’t need to create catalogs and wait for importing images. Another great thing is that if you are partial to editing in Lightroom, you can still use all the browsing features of ON1 and have them sync up with Lightroom. It’s still a great way to speed up your workflow so you no longer have to deal with the sluggish Library module inside Lightroom. In addition, ON1 is also releasing an update that has some promising feature additions and this update is free to anyone that has purchased ON1 Photo RAW 2018.