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One thing I've learned about my blogging; the more I outline and flirt with the subject, the more I over-complicate and get in my own head. I do better with sitting down and just writing my ideas in article form from the start.

So, with that said, I'm going to try to get a post out tonight. Hope to have something done before I go to sleep.

Holy, holy crap. Ok, the 54th time was the charm (not exaggerating). I finally generated a LUT that consistently represented my existing preset. The rub was that LUTs don’t handle certain LR developing settings well - so after applying the profile I‘ll still need to set them...

In a preset.

Not a fun day-and-a-half.

So this whole journey down Lightroom profile creation has been memorable. Thirty iterations in and I’m oh so close to getting something I’m happy with. There’s still a surprising amount of variance between photos, but in an increasingly acceptable way.

This shouldn’t be so hard.

I’ve had one hell of a frustrating time trying to convert my Lightroom preset to a LUT. There’s always a noticeably different look from the original preset to the LUT-generated Lightroom profile. Incredibly frustrating.

Does anyone have any experience generating accurate LUTs?

Below is an example. It's a throw-away photo, but the rendering is what caught me. The focus is off and the subject is soft. But I loved the look - it has enough detail to get the point across, but the unimportant details aren't able to be rendered.

Now all of the sudden I'm smitten with the idea of playing with a '40's or '50's era lens.

I find myself looking at some recent photos and actually not appreciating the sharpness - meaning I wish they were softer. There's a harshness to them and a "noisiness" it brings to the composition by rendering all the gross details.

I never, ever thought I would be saying this and it's interesting to me to see how much my practice and point of view has changed.

*Reads Mastodon’s federated trending feed.*

*Closes feed*

*Removes feed from navigation*

The two main insights I came to were:

1) Man, Adobe has been in the imagining space for *so long* and they're getting outplayed in raw processing output? That seems like fundamental problem...

2) If only Capture One would take the time to apply some serious, dedicated focus on their interface design...

Spent some time with Capture One again. Without a doubt there's a significant difference in performance. Raw processing quality definitely was "better" in certain cases.

But man, that UI... It's just so rough.

If I was a landscape photographer or portrait photographer, I'd perhaps begrudgingly switch over. But Lightroom Classic CC continues to be numero uno (for better or worse).

P.J. Onori boosted

This teen social scientist still needs 60+ survey responses for her research about patriotism and its correlation to other opinions! Americans 18+ only.

Help, help! goo.gl/forms/tZDvJTaLAZ6MuiLQ2

I'm starting to queue up some blog posts. I'm curious if there's any specific subjects of interest for folks around here.

@jordan Of note: There still isn't a *great* native Mac client for Mastodon. Definitely a need that I'm hoping gets addressed in the near future.

@jordan Hey man, welcome to Mastodon! I work at Disney Streaming Services and our design team has been using Abstract since the beta.

I'm a sucker for design tools - I led the Inspect and Craft Sync initiatives at InVision at couple years ago. It's a fun time to watch the landscape of design tech!

Random question, do any of you blog about photography?

I should have prefaced in that last toot that the statement was not directed at anyone in this specific instance. Apologies for now t making that clear from the start.

What do people think about limiting the number of hashtags in a toot? At some point it crosses the line from categorization to spam.

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